Betrayal | June 11, 2017
- We talked about an example of betrayal from Star Wars episode 7 Sunday, can you describe another example of betrayal that is popular in our culture?
- Describe an instance of betrayal you have experienced personally.
- In this story of betrayal, we see Judas who was one of the twelve disciples betraying Jesus. This is a continual reminder that those closest to us can inflict the most damage when they betray us. How does the possibility of betrayal affect the way that we do life in community? How are we slow to let people get close to us, because they could possibly hurt us? How has this affected our dynamics as a community of believers?
- We learned that some of us handle betrayal by fighting, and some of us handle betrayal by fleeing but Jesus neither fights nor flees. Jesus is the ultimate peacemaker. Our neighborhoods definitely lack peace in many ways. How has the Peacemaker brought peace to our community? How are we as a community letting our neighbors know about this Jesus who is a peacemaker? What are some ways we can declare the peace of Jesus, found in the gospel to our neighbors as a community?
- Because Jesus has made peace and the Spirit that raised him from the dead now abides within us we can make peace both internally, and externally. How has our community created space for people to make peace internally? How has our community created space for people to make peace externally? What are some ways we can create more space for people to make peace internally and externally for people both inside our community and outside our community?
- We learned that some of us handle betrayal by fighting, and some of us handle betrayal by fleeing but Jesus neither fights or flees. Jesus is the ultimate peacemaker. When you have been betrayed how have you responded? What does this reveal about the amount of dependence you are placing on yourself instead of Jesus?
- Think about past relational experiences. Are there any instances in which you have felt betrayed? How have you dealt with these instances of betrayal? Are there any instances in which you have been the betrayer? How have you sought forgiveness in these instances? Who do you need to make peace with in regards to betrayal? What are some next steps for seeking closure in these instances?
- Often times betrayal can lead to loneliness and isolation, but we are not alone. In our text we see that both Jesus and the disciples experienced betrayal. How has betrayal historically led you to isolation? In what ways do you need to grow in expressing your feelings to that your reaction of fighting or fleeing doesn't lead to a life long of overreacting?
- Describe a time either from within your family, or from without your family that you have experienced betrayal. How have you made peace with those instances externally as a family? How as a family have you learned and created space for members of your family to be honest and vulnerable with their feelings?
- As a family, how is the reality of Jesus being the ultimate peacemaker affecting and influencing your interactions with one another, and those in your community that surround you? How are expressing the peace we've experienced in Jesus to our unbelieving family, friends, and neighbors as a family?