Mar 14, 2021
Christian Love
“Christian Love” – Matthew 5:43-48 You Review Matthew 5:43-48. How does this speak to your life? • Who do you find it hard to show love to? Why? • What would a prayer for your enemy sound like? What would you pray for? How would you “make the sun shine” and send “rain” upon them? Church What implications does Matthew 5:43-48 have for us as a church community? • What role can the church play in helping you/believers to better understand what it means to love your enemies and help you to practically show this love? City How does this passage speak to our city? • If our enemies are those who persecute us and those we “hate” or look down upon, then who are the “hated” peoples in our region/city? • How might Redeemer show love for these people? How might you?
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  • Mar 14, 2021Christian Love
    Mar 14, 2021
    Christian Love
    “Christian Love” – Matthew 5:43-48 You Review Matthew 5:43-48. How does this speak to your life? • Who do you find it hard to show love to? Why? • What would a prayer for your enemy sound like? What would you pray for? How would you “make the sun shine” and send “rain” upon them? Church What implications does Matthew 5:43-48 have for us as a church community? • What role can the church play in helping you/believers to better understand what it means to love your enemies and help you to practically show this love? City How does this passage speak to our city? • If our enemies are those who persecute us and those we “hate” or look down upon, then who are the “hated” peoples in our region/city? • How might Redeemer show love for these people? How might you?
  • Mar 7, 2021Christians in the Age of Offence
    Mar 7, 2021
    Christians in the Age of Offence
    “Christians in the Age of Offence” – Matthew 5:38-42 You Review Matthew 5:38-42. How does this speak to your life? • Think about the last time you were angry. What made you angry? Why did it anger you? • What would need to change in the way you deal with being offended for you to live as Jesus instructs you to live? Why is this so hard for you? Church What implications does Matthew 5:38-42 have for us as a church community? • How do you think the church (Redeemer or the Church in general) does in modeling the sort of ”non-retaliation” within its walls? • Do we respond to wrongs with mercy, love and generosity? If so – how? If not – why do you think that is? City How does this passage speak to our city? • Jesus asks us to not resist those who wish to do us harm. What might a church that learned to “turn the cheek” and “go the second mile” look like in our community?
  • Feb 28, 2021Christian Integrity
    Feb 28, 2021
    Christian Integrity
    “Christian Integrity” – Matthew 5:33-37 You Review Matthew 5:33-37. How does this speak to your life? • Have you ever thought about who and what you trust? Are you suspicious of people? What media outlets do you trust? Why do you trust some but not others and what does that tell you about your biases? Church What implications does Matthew 5:33-37 have for us as a church community? • What implications do Jesus’ words have on the Church’s handling of things like church membership, volunteer responsibilities, etc.? • What can we do in the church to increase the trust that we have for one another? What role do our promises to one another play in this? City How does this passage speak to our city? • We can see that trust for institutions and governments is plummeting in Canada. How might the Church be a countercultural community of integrity in the Niagara Region?
  • Feb 21, 2021Marriage & Divorce
    Feb 21, 2021
    Marriage & Divorce
    “Marriage & Divorce” – Matthew 5:32 You
    Review Matthew 5:31-32. How does this speak to your life?
    • Considering Jesus’ words about divorce in this passage and in 19:3-9, how is your view on marriage and divorce changed? Church What implications does Matthew 5:31-32 have for us as a church community? • How might Redeemer better care for people who have been or are considering divorce? • Where have you seen churches fail to care for people who have gone through divorce? How could they have responded better? City How does this passage speak to our city? • Considering your unchurched friends, family, coworkers and what you see on TV, what do you think the world’s view about marriage and divorce are? How does this view differ from Jesus’ perspective? • If the church is to be a “city on a hill”, and “salt and light”, what might we do to model Godly marriages in our region? How might we model biblical healing for those who have gone through divorces?
  • Feb 14, 2021The Church and Lust
    Feb 14, 2021
    The Church and Lust
    You Review Matthew 5:27-30. How does this speak to your life? • What “lusts” do you struggle with? You may find yourself fantasizing about a better job, house or spouse. Think about the things you desire the most – what is it about that “thing” that is so beautiful to you that feel like you just must have it? Church What implications does Matthew 5:27-30 have for us as a church community? • The church is called to radically committed to both: rooting sexual sin from our midst and caring for and restoring the repentant sinner. Have you ever seen the church (Redeemer or another church) balance these two well? How were they able to do this well? Or, how did they fail to do this well? City How does this passage speak to our city? • On any day this week, try to make a quick note in your phone, or on a piece of paper, of all the instances you see images (in the city, on TV or online, etc.) that tempt you to lust? What surprises you about the number and nature of the images that you notice? How has being observant to the way images are used to tempt us to sin impacted you?