QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU DIG DEEPER INTO THE MESSAGE
for your small groups or family devotions:
Read Genesis 12:5-9. Everywhere Abram went he built an altar and put up a tent. What is significant about these two actions? How do they speak to how we, as radical Christians, should live our lives? How does Hebrews 11:9-10 relate to this?
What is the significance of the location where Abram built his temporary ‘housing’? [hint: Bethel = ‘House of God’ and Ai = ‘heap of ruins’ or ‘dump’]
Read the following Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:1, 1 Peter 2:11, Hebrews 11:13. What would it look like to live as a ‘pilgrim’/’foreigner’/’alien’ in today’s culture?
Philippians 3:13 – [The Message] “I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.“
Have you ever known someone who has ‘turned back’ from their faith in Jesus? In your opinion, Why did they choose to do that? What would have KEPT them from making that choice?
Pastor Michael went through 3 different ‘baptisms’ in the Bible (Jesus’, Noah’s, and Jonah’s). Each involved water, a dove, and the number 40. He also said that baptism is a really a neat picture of the radical Christian life; it’s a drowning of the wickedness surrounding us (Noah), and a drowning of the selfishness and rebelliousness within us (Jonah). How did Jesus’ baptism and subsequent victory relate to Galatians 2:20 and ultimately relate to all of us today?