Most weeks in 2018 we will be posting follow up resources to help you reflect on and apply what was preached each week.
This past Sunday we started our new sermon series to help us engage the season of Lent, “Meditations on the Life of Jesus” from the Gospel of John. Lent is a season where we symbolically enter the wilderness with Jesus. In many ways, life in this present age is like a wilderness journey. There is much sin, pain, suffering, hungering, and thirsting for something of substance. In the wilderness we are asked to walk by faith, God’s presence and power are not always obvious to us and in fact, God often seems hidden. To survive in the wilderness we must set our minds and hearts on Christ. This happens as we allow the scriptures to form our imagination, by which the Holy Spirit shines upon our hearts with the presence of Christ. We enter John’s Gospel from the wilderness journey and our longing is to look upon Christ-life through the many images John gives us to consider. This is the first week we looked at the image John gives us of Jesus as the “Light of the World.”
Here is a link to this weeks sermon if you missed it - LINK
SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1–5 (ESV)
MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- How have you encountered darkness out in the world? How do you see this same darkness in your own heart?
- The Christian life in this present age is much like life in the wilderness. What challenges are you facing in your own heart? Slow down to pray for one another as needs are shared.
- Take a minute to read John 1:1-13 slowly as a group. What part of this text resonates with where you are in life?
- What might it look like to continue to meditate upon Jesus as Light of the World as you go throughout your week?
Remember to download or pick up a copy of the Lent prayer guide. This is a daily guide that leads you to read, pray, and reflect on Christ in the scriptures and God’s presence at work in your life.