Order, Disorder, Reorder

Posted May 2, 2020

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This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)

From Monday's Reading: Matthew 4:17-24

Jesus didn’t call his first apprentices from his day’s “seminaries.” “They were, in today’s language, small businessmen, working as families not for huge profits but to make enough to live on and have a little left over…. Why did they give it all up to follow a wandering preacher? The same question faces people today…. The answer can only be in Jesus himself, and in the astonishing magnetism of his presence and personality.”* What draws you to follow Jesus and let him reorder your life?

From Wednesday's Reading: Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus’ teaching anticipated modern research. He asked, “Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life?” (verse 27) We know worry shortens our life! What inner arguments, if any, do you make about why it “makes sense” for you to worry, why it would be “irresponsible” not to worry? How can you reorder needs from wants, so you can make plans without worrying?

From Thursday's Reading: Matthew 8:5-17

Too often, Christians either focus their ministry to God’s world exclusively on spiritual reordering (eternal salvation through Jesus), or else exclusively on social reordering (making the broken conditions of life in our world better). Jesus clearly did both. How can studying Jesus’ pattern of ministry help you to avoid trying to make a false choice between spiritual and social action?

From Friday's Reading: Matthew 8:23-34

Most of us are feeling the current Covid-19 plague and shutdown conditions as a huge “storm.” As you face this stormy life season, have you had any sense Jesus is “in the boat” with you? Scott Krippayne sang, “Sometimes He calms the storm, And other times He calms His child.”** In which of those ways has Jesus most been with you in this storm? However much longer this goes on, how can you trust God to bring new order out of the disorder of this difficult time?

* Wright, N.T., Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-15 (The New Testament for Everyone) (pp. 31-32). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

* Lyric from “Sometimes He Calms the Storm.” Songwriters: Benton Kevin Stokes, Tony W. Wood © Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group.

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