We are Gospel-Centered • West Campus
There will be no sermon recap video this week due to the Missions trip to Tijuana, Mexico, but we wanted to make sure that we made community discussion questions available for your community times this week. We are in prayer that this week would be an incredible week of discussion, prayer and mission within your Missio Community.
We kicked off a brand new Sermon Series this week entitled Family Traits, the qualities that define us. Growing up in our families we all have traits that defined us. Maybe these were things that you deeply valued, or perhaps these were things that you were known by. Either way they in some ways communicated who you were as a family. At Missio we are a Church family, and because we are a Church family we have traits that identify us. These are things that we value, that shape everything that we do, and hopefully things that we are known by. This week we looked at Gospel-Centeredness. The gospel is at the core of who we are at Missio Dei. Everything that we do is filtered through and centered on the gospel. The other traits that we will discuss in this series of City-Focused, and Church Community are really just implications of us valuing and pursuing Gospel-Centeredness.
- What are some traits that you would say your family was defined by growing up? Or, what are some traits that you could use to describe your current family?
- In John 12:20-26 we took a look at an interaction Jesus had with some greek gentiles following His triumphant entry into Jerusalem just days before his crucifixion. John doesn't waste much time at all getting to the heart of the Gospel being Jesus and His death, and resurrection. Jesus begins talking about a grain of wheat falling to the ground and dying so that much fruit could come from it. Jesus is the wheat, and He is saying if the Gospel is going to bear fruit among the gentiles He must die. Unless Jesus dies the nations will not have life, the Church will not be birthed, and God's promise that Abraham would become the father of many nations would not be fulfilled. Life for us is secured in Jesus' death. Jesus goes on to talk about the call of the Gospel, which is that we would come and die to ourselves so that life in Jesus could be realized around us. He says in vs 25, "Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."
- Why do place such supreme value on our earthly lives? Why is personal comfort and personal benefit something that we love so much?
- Within homogeny we find the greatest comfort. So much so that we often only do life in contexts where it is personally beneficial to follow Christ. We rarely branch out to build relationships with people who are different than us, especially unbelieving people who just don't see life through the same lens that we do.
- In what ways do we live lives of homogeny in regards to the friendships that we have? What scares us the most about building friendships with people who are culturally, religiously, and ethnically different than us?
- Jesus gives us a challenge to follow Him. How do we do that? We understand and live according to this Gospel-Centered conviction, Jesus died to bring us live so that we can die to ourselves to declare the life that Jesus brings. We were dead in our trespasses, but God in Christ has made us alive. Our theological understanding of this reality should drive us to mission, declaring this to everyone, both across the street and around the world. This is the gospel, and for the Gospel to be realized among unbelieving people it must be proclaimed. Dying to oneself means that you give up the comforts, the fears, and anything preventing us from declaring Christ, and begin declaring the Good news of the Gospel. It is a message that must be proclaimed and must be heard. We were challenged to be known, and build margin in our lives so that the Gospel could be head so that the gospel could be heard.
- What are some ways that we could get involved with things in our neighborhood to meet and begin building relationships with unbelievers?
- Life gets extremely busy, and a lot of things compete for our time, attention and focus. The call of the gospel is to come and die to ourselves. Part of this is saying no to some things so that we can say yes to the greater things. What are some things that we could cut from our schedules to accommodate missional relationships?
- We were challenged to identify 3-5 unbelieving friends, neighbors, and family members that you can begin building a relationship with. Pray that they'll come to faith in Jesus, and proclaim the Gospel to them. Who are this people in your life?