We had our monthly afternoon service on Sunday. We purposefully try to make it a different format to the morning service. Instead of systematically preaching through a book of the Bible, we take a theological topic, watch a relevant video and then break into small groups to discuss some questions. We come back together for a plenary feedback session and then we do the whole thing a second time to push our thinking a bit further.
This month, we looked at the person of Jesus. Below is the format of what we did.
- Why is it important for us to know where the fences are when we talk about who Jesus really is?
- 1 John 2:21-25; 4:2-3, 13-15; 5:5-13, 20
- What are some of the significant theological ramifications of believing things beyond the fences? What does it suggest about:
- The Bible? (cf. Jn 17:17; 2 Tim 3:16-17)
- Jesus? (cf. John 1:1, 14; 1 Tim 2:5; Tit 2:13; Heb 1:8, 2:9, 4:15)
- The cross? (cf. Rom 8:3-4; Gal 4:4-5; Heb 2:17)
- Christians? (cf. 1 Cor 15:12-19; 1 Joh 2:23-24, 4:2-3)
- Why does the teaching that Jesus is fully God and fully human matter so much?
- In what ways is our Christian life a ‘participation in the priestly ministry of Jesus’?
- What practical difference should this truth make to our day to day life?