Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Do the Math
Week 3 – Multiplication and Division
- When you were a child, how did you picture God to look like? How about now? What does he look like for you now?
- Read together our scripture for this series: Ephesians 4:4-6 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. Has this scripture affected your understanding of the Trinity? Explain.
- Read the following scriptures from the Gospel of John:
- John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
- 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— 17 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
- John 14:20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
- John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
- What do you notice about these verses? Share your thoughts.
How do the above scriptures provide evidence of one God in Three Persons?
- Now read:
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
Notice the words that have been underlined for us in the passage. What do these words and phrases mean to you?
Christian Community multiplies joy and divides sorrows.
- Share a victory or some good news you’ve had recently in your life. Notice how the joy you experienced is shared by those in your group in your telling about it.
- Read Galatians 6:2: Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ
What does this passage tell us to do as a Christian community to fulfill the law of Christ? How can we do this?
- Sorrows are often much harder to share, but when shared with those who care for you, sorrow is lessened. Share a time when you’ve shared a sorrow and have been comforted by another. Or, share a time you haven’t been able to share your sorrow, and how that felt.
- John Wesley said “Sir, you wish to serve God and go to heaven? Remember you cannot serve him alone. You must therefore find companions or make them. The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.”
Why can we not serve God alone?
At Community of Hope, three kinds of Christian community groups are available to help you multiply joy and divide sorrow:
Empower Groups are short-term groups to help you in a specific area of your life.
- Have you ever participated in an Empower Group (GriefShare, Celebrate Recovery, Financial Peace University, etc)? If so, share your experience.
- Do you know someone else who may benefit from an Empower Group? If so, invite them to visit our website and sign up to join.
Explore Groups are also short-term, and help you explore our church or the Christian faith. Connections Class and Skeptics class are two Explore Groups offered at Community of Hope.
- If you’ve attended either Connections Class or Skeptics, share your experience. If you haven’t yet taken the Connections Class, consider going to communityofhope.church/partnership-class to register for our next offering which begins on Sept. 23 on both campuses.
Community Groups are designed to be a place where you can build caring friendships with others while you discuss the Bible, pray, and serve together.
- If you know someone who is looking to multiply joy and divide sorrow, invite them to become involved in a small group. Tell your small group who you plan to talk to about joining a group at COH, whether it’s a Community Group, Empower Group or Explore Group.
On the East campus, attend Group Connect Day next Sunday, August 26, following the service to learn and to sign up to join an Empower, Explore or Community Group.
On the West Campus, to join a Community Group that will begin in September, sign up for GroupLink by going to communityofhope.church/grouplink