Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Do the Math
Week 1 – Basic Arithmetic
PDF file for printing: 08-05-2018
- Icebreaker: What was your favorite subject in school? What subject did you like the least? Share some memories from your childhood the first day of school.
- Read Ephesians 4:4-6 and begin to memorize it together as a group:
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
- Read what Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:1-6 to put that memory passage in its context:
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Talk about what you notice in these verses. What questions come to your mind as you read this?
- An equation is a statement of an equality containing one or more variables. For example, in the sermon, we looked at the equation: 3=1, which represents what we believe about the Trinity. Why is it so challenging for us to understand the Trinity?
- Three persons, but One God. God’s being is one God, like our being is human. But within God’s being, there are three persons, just as within the race of humans there are many persons. Now that you’ve heard this sermon, how would you explain the Trinity to someone who had never heard about it?
- Why is it important for us to understand the Trinity? What difference does God’s Trinitarian nature make in our day-to-day life?
- God doesn’t just livein Community, God Is What do we mean by that?
- The night before His crucifixion, Jesus gave some of the clearest revelation we have about what God is like and about the relationships within the Trinity. Much of that is recorded in John 14-17. Read what Jesus said in John 14:16-17:
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
What do you notice in this passage about the Trinity?
- Read Genesis 1:26-27:
Then God said, “Let usmake mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
What do you notice in this passage? What is the significance of the plural pronouns in this passage?
- Because we are made in God’s image, we are made for Community. If you don’t do your life and faith in community with other Christians, you are actually working against the grain of how God made you. Talk about what Pastor Dale and Pastor Trevor meant by that.
- If you’re in a small group, share how that group has helped you.
- If you are not yet in a group, plan to attend GroupLink at 5:30 p.m. on August 26th (for the West Campus) or attend Group Connect Day after church on August 26th (for the East Campus). West Campus folks need to register for GroupLink at communityofhope.church/grouplink.