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Jesus the Lord of History
Sermon Discussion 
Luke 21:5-38

What is your favorite movie/tv show/book about the future? Why? What is it about the future that we are drawn to and try to discern?

I. History’s Horrors
Jesus is giving a couple of different sermons in this passage. He is focusing on the past and future events that are to take place in human history. Jesus gives a scathing review of human and world history, that it is full of violence, hatred and destruction. This is not how it meant to be.

Man made wars and atrocities have been occurring since the very beginning of human history with Cain and Able. It is a reminder that sin goes to the very core of human nature and we need help to be free of it. How are we to respond in the face of human tragedy and atrocities?

Natural disasters are actually “unnatural disasters” as they were never meant to be a part of the order of creation. Instead they act as another reminder of the curse of sin brought upon us by Adam and Eve, and the whole creation groans to be free of it. How are we to respond when we or others we know and love are affected by these kinds of disasters?

II. History’s Hopes
Jesus then goes on to preach that we put our hopes in the wrong things to save us or to see change in human nature. What types of things do we see Jesus mentioning?

False hopes:
-Buildings: how might we put our hope in buildings?
-Human leaders: how might we put our hope in human leaders?
-Countries/kingdoms
-Cities

What kinds of things does San Diego and our American culture tend to put our hope in to save us and make us better? How do we see this express?
What do you find yourself gravitating towards? Why?

III. History’s Hero
Jesus finishes this portion of sermons by describing what the end times will be like. He makes it very clear that things will continue on as “normal” until He comes again, and when He comes it will be a global phenomenon which no one will miss! There is no rapture before He comes, there is no tribulation before He comes, He will simply come in as the conquering and victorious Lord and that will be it!

- How might this truth be different than what some Christians think?

- Why does this truth enable our faith to be strengthened?

Everything in human history culminates with Jesus. Human history began with Jesus, is all about Jesus, and ends with Jesus! How might this give us hope and purpose in our lives today?

IV. Pray for one another!

 

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90 Day Generosity Challenge

April 29 - July 29

 

From April 29 through July 29, we are challenging our whole church to grow in generosity. Three months where we want to up the ante in the giving of our time, our talent, and our treasures.

Consider how could you give more time to God, His people, or His mission for others in our city.

Consider what gifts, talents, and things you can do with some gospel intentionality to serve others?

Consider starting to regularly giving some money to God’s church. Just a little something each month. If you’ve been doing that, challenge yourself and think “could I give the 10% the Bible talks about?” And if you’ve been doing that, think “could I do even more?”

We’re not after your money. We’re after all of us seeing all of our lives as Gods, under His good stewardship and plan.

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The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and on them, he has set the world. - 1 Samuel 2:7-8

Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame; let the poor and needy praise your name. - Psalm 74:21

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. -Luke 4:18-19 

We at The Resolved Church want to engage the people of San Diego in meaningful ways which reflect and capture God's character and heart for all peoples, no matter how far they seem from Christ or the gospel. We need to pursue healing and reconciliation. Would God's Kingdom come here in San Diego as it is in Heaven?

One of the ways that our church has done this over the years is in ministry to our homeless friends and neighbors here in San Diego. San Diego County has the 4th largest homeless population in the US. There are more people than we think in our church and in our city who suffer from homeless than we know or realize. For instance, a study done by Temple University of 43,000 college students across our country found that 36 percent of college students say they are food insecure. Another 36 percent say they are housing insecure, while 9 percent report being homeless. Homelessness doesn't always look like what we think it should. Many people experience deep shame for their situation and are too scared to ask for help. We must create safe space that fosters humility and vulnerability, where people can be honest about their needs and failures and pursue wholeness together.

Part of the reality of having a ministry that cares for the homeless is that people always ask for things, but that's not so different than anyone else who steps through the doors of our church. What are homeless looking for that's so different from than anyone else? They're looking for a reprieve, a lessening of their burdens, a place to call home- to belong, to be a part of a family, or a safe space to explore God and who He has made them to be.

Our mercy ministry is one of those spaces, but it is not a homeless specific ministry. It is a space to give and receive when you are in plenty or in loss. An abundance of need is quite opposite of an abundance of resources. A person's need can be met by another’s need to give or to serve, but needs are not simply monetary in nature. Our mercy ministry is an opportunity to give and receive mercy, grace, joy, and hope.

We desire to be a generous people in all that we have been given in order to care for the needs of the city and the people of our city holistically- for their whole being! We are called to care for needs, whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Our approach towards homelessness needs to be full of grace and humility, always seeking understanding and empathy. We are always moving towards the goals of restoration, reconciliation, and gospel living.

Practicals: sharing resources, relationships.

1. We always have hope. We always have the gospel- take the initiative to share Christ, it doesn’t have to be extensive! Leave the results to God, it’s His role to change hearts.

2. Offering known services- state, county, city, and private. Call 211 San Diego if you think a person desires to change. Call 911 in case of emergency or life-threatening behavior. Ask the Kevin or Laura for more info.

3. We can pray. Prayer is powerful, ask the person or persons to pray out loud and be sure to know and use their name! You might experience spiritual warfare, mental health issues. And cycles of addiction and abuse.

4. Engage in story. Practice availability. Active listening. Seek understanding. Ask a lot of questions, exercise patience and earn the right to speak into their lives with compassionate hearing.

Risks: Mercy requires great risk. Any ministry that works closely with homeless populations incurs risks. It will be costly both financially and emotionally! Those involved are bound to experience hurt and disappointment. Mistakes will be made. We will be taken advantage of. There will be times when it seems like we are wasting our time, our money, and our love. Christ calls us to pursue others in spite of self-destructive or sabotaging tendencies. This ministry is messy. People are working through, or stuck in, deep cycles of addiction and abuse.

Our ministries of mercy also lend themselves to new expressions and policies towards both safety and thoughtfulness for everyone who participates in our Sunday and weekly gatherings. It’s our goal to provide a safe environment at our church. We encourage everyone to be vigilant towards the safety of our members, visitors, and especially our children. Our safety team exists to protect and serve the people of our church and receives regular training and coaching to help them do so.

1. Don’t leave children unattended or allow them to go to the bathroom alone.

2. Inform safety team of any concerning behavior (weapons, dangerous animals, drug use, bathroom loitering/bathing etc.).

"The hope of the whole world rests on the shoulders of a homeless man." -Rich Mullins

 

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Introducing Tate Miller


We are proud to introduce Tate Miller to our Resolved Church staff team as our new Office Administrator. We’ve been in need of someone to handle organizational and clerical tasks for the church. Tate has already begun working with our team and is doing a wonderful job!

Tell us about yourself!

I was born and raised on a farm in a small town called Bradford, PA and then went to college for Journalism and Mass Communications at St. Bonaventure in Allegheny, NY. After college, I went to Baton Rouge, LA to work in a non-profit as an Executive Assistant for two years, where I became a Christian in 2014. I met my husband, Ian, in 2016 and we were married in January, 2018. Ian and I now live in Mission Valley and have been a part of The Resolved since we were married.

What do you like to do when you’re not slaying it at the office?

I like to hang out with my husband, hike, and explore San Diego! I also love playing with our doodle, Tucker!

What’s a fun fact you’d like to share with the world?

I lived in the Canadian Rockies in Calgary for nine months working as an au pair. That was pretty cool!

What’s your favorite kind of food?

Well, my favorite meal is my mom’s homemade spaghetti but I could eat Mexican food and french fries every day and never get sick of it.

Any books you’ve read lately?

Yeah… Just kidding. I’m reading “The Supernatural Ways of Royalty” by Kris Vallonton and Bill Johnson. I also just started “The Relational Soul” by Rich Plass & Jim Cofield.

What about TV shows?

You know, we don’t watch a lot of TV but we're really into “SEAL Team”. And I’m always watching “Gilmore Girls”!

Anything else we should know about Tate?

I answer to all sorts of nicknames. Tate. Tater. Taterade. Just please refrain from calling me Tater Tot. Or Toot.

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F A I T H

Sermon Discussion
1 Samuel 13:15 - 1 Samuel 14:23

This week we heard from the Pastor of The Fields church in Carlsbad, David Fandey. He brought us some thoughts on the amazing story of Faith in 1st Samuel 13 and 14. 

In the story we're about to read, the Israelites overcame unbelievable odds, over 6000:1! 

In any area of your life, what were the greatest odds you have overcome?

Let's read the story and discuss:

1 Samuel 13:15 - 1 Samuel 14:23

And Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal. The rest of the people went up after Saul to meet the army; they went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin.

And Saul numbered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men. And Saul and Jonathan his son and the people who were present with them stayed in Geba of Benjamin, but the Philistines encamped in Michmash. And raiders came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies. One company turned toward Ophrah, to the land of Shual; another company turned toward Beth-horon; and another company turned toward the border that looks down on the Valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.

Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make themselves swords or spears.” But every one of the Israelites went down to the Philistines to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, or his sickle, and the charge was two-thirds of a shekel for the plowshares and for the mattocks, and a third of a shekel for sharpening the axes and for setting the goads. So on the day of the battle there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people with Saul and Jonathan, but Saul and Jonathan his son had them. And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.

One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah in the pomegranate cave at Migron. The people who were with him were about six hundred men, including Ahijah the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the LORD in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone. Within the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistine garrison, there was a rocky crag on the one side and a rocky crag on the other side. The name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. The one crag rose on the north in front of Michmash, and the other on the south in front of Geba.

Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” And his armor-bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Do as you wish. Behold, I am with you heart and soul.” Then Jonathan said, “Behold, we will cross over to the men, and we will show ourselves to them. If they say to us, ‘Wait until we come to you,’ then we will stand still in our place, and we will not go up to them. But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up, for the LORD has given them into our hand. And this shall be the sign to us.” So both of them showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines. And the Philistines said, “Look, Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves.” And the men of the garrison hailed Jonathan and his armor-bearer and said, “Come up to us, and we will show you a thing.” And Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Come up after me, for the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel.” Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, and his armor-bearer after him. And they fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer killed them after him. And that first strike, which Jonathan and his armor-bearer made, killed about twenty men within as it were half a furrow’s length in an acre of land. And there was a panic in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and even the raiders trembled, the earth quaked, and it became a very great panic.

And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude was dispersing here and there. Then Saul said to the people who were with him, “Count and see who has gone from us.” And when they had counted, behold, Jonathan and his armor-bearer were not there. So Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God here.” For the ark of God went at that time with the people of Israel. Now while Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the camp of the Philistines increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.” Then Saul and all the people who were with him rallied and went into the battle. And behold, every Philistine’s sword was against his fellow, and there was very great confusion. Now the Hebrews who had been with the Philistines before that time and who had gone up with them into the camp, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. Likewise, when all the men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were fleeing, they too followed hard after them in the battle. So the LORD saved Israel that day. And the battle passed beyond Beth-aven.

Was there anything that stood out to you from the passage? Something you liked? Found challenging? Didn't like?

What do we learn about God from this passage? What do we learn about Man from this passage? 

There were a few things that Pastor David wanted to highlight about faith demonstrated here:

1 Samuel 14:7-8: Faith leads to action

Jonathan knows that God has tasked the Israelites with clearing the land of Philistines, though he doesn't have a specific promise that God will help them win this particular battle. Even in the face of unbelievable odds he knows that being a part of God's work means that he could be part of something unbelievable, he has faith that God will bring them success and acts on that faith.

How did Jonathan know that God would be with him?

What has God told us to do in San Diego?

What actions should we be taking to demonstrate our faith in God's work here?

1 Samuel 14:22 Faith encourages others to have faith

Word of Jonathan's actions spread throughout the men of Israel. Even the men that were in hiding were suddenly encouraged and acting on faith and pursuing the Philistines to be apart of God's work. 

Why do you think the men were encouraged? The odds had not really changed. 

When was a time that you joined in a work because you were encouraged by someone else's faith?

Who do you hope comes alongside you with your work in San Diego?

1 Corinthians 1:22-25: You can't do better than placing Faith in God

Pastor David took us to 1 Corinthians 1, and in verse 25 we see that "the foolishness of God is wiser than men." giving us an unbelievable promise that God is far and away a good place to put our faith. He cares more for us and cares for our concerns more than we could ever hope.

If God's "foolishness is wiser than men", why do we still put our faith in other men and women?

What is a concern that you need to give to God this week?  

Pray

Pray with your group that God would give us the faith that leads to actions here in San Diego, raising up others to join alongside us, and allow us to place our concerns with Him. 

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Jesus the Lord of the Poor

Sermon Discussion
Luke 20:45-21:4

Luke 45-21:4

And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

What do you notice about this passage?

What does Jesus say about the people that are described or observed in this passage? About the scribes? About the widow?

What does he say about their giving? Does he praise them? Does he condemn them?

Why does the widow give so much? (Perhaps the widow is giving sacrificially. She is need of charity, in need of mercy, yet she gives. Here is a woman who is in desperate need, giving what she needs. Her faith has to be in the Lord, that He will keep His promises.)

Re-read verses 1-4, but this time, keep in mind that widows were suffering abuse and oppression at the hands of the very people they was called to trust for their spiritual and physical well being. (20:47)

What if this passage is less about generous giving, and more about injustice and the abuse that the widow suffers at the hands of those that are commanded to care for her and take care of her needs? This is a warning against the abuse of power to oppress others and pursue their own glory and even greater power and to be an idle observer.

Luke 21:1-4

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Why does the widow give so much? (Perhaps she gives out of obligation and because of cultural expectations of the time and the demands of abusive scribes, leading her and benefitting from her greater impoverishment).

What does the widow need? (justice, mercy, a new way of thinking)

What do the scribes need? (justice, new hearts)

Jesus says that we will always have the poor among us, so what ultimately fixes the problem of poverty or abuse of power?

What do you think about what St. John Chrysostum said about caring for the poor? Should we look to kings and princes to put right the inequalities between rich and poor? Should we require soldiers to come and seize the rich person’s gold and distribute it among his destitute neighbors? Should we beg the emperor to impose a tax on the rich so great that it reduces them to the level of the poor and then to share the proceeds of that tax among everyone? Equality imposed by force would achieve nothing, and do much harm.

Those who combined both cruel hearts and sharp minds would soon find ways of making themselves rich again. Worse still, the rich whose gold was taken away would feel bitter and resentful; while the poor who received the gold form the hands of soldiers would feel no gratitude, because no generosity would have prompted the gift. Far from bringing moral benefit to society, it would actually do moral harm. Material justice cannot be accomplished by compulsion, a change of heart will not follow. The only way to achieve true justice is to change people’s hearts first — and then they will joyfully share their wealth.

It’s easy to see people who are poor in the physical sense, but much more difficult to to see the poverty of people who are poor in the spiritual sense. What are some ways that the Lord may be showing you your own poverty and your greater need for Christ and the mercy and riches only He can offer?

How did Jesus become poor and suffer abuse on our behalf and what did He accomplish?

Please pray for each other. Pray for courage to stand up against abuse or oppression that we have have stood by and watched for too long. Pray against complacency and that it would be brought into the light.

Night of Hope

Let’s continue this conversation next week at our Night of Hope on May 23, where we hope to foster empathy and understanding as we engage in our own stories and those of new friends. As a church, we desire to grow in our diversity and truly reflect the culture and community of our city! We are already a diverse church, but many of us don't realize that yet, so we want to start the conversation by engaging in each other's story. We desire to press on in our conversations from previous nights of hope by continuing to uproot the prejudices of our own hearts and addressing the oppression that still faces many of our neighbors. Our prayer is that we would grow as a church in our compassion and understanding as we are heard and learn to hear others.

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Jesus the Lord of Lords
Sermon Discussion
[Luke 20:1-44]

-When was a time that you tried to reject authority in your life? What did that look like?

I. Beloved Son (vs. 1-18)
-How would you define authority? Why?
-What is significant about the way that Jesus responds to the questions regarding His authority?
-How does the parable help us understand more of Jesus’ position as Son?
-Why do we tend to not love the Son, but we put to death His voice and lordship in our lives?
-How can we give the Son's voice greater rule in our lives?

II. Creator God (vs. 19-26)
-What is Jesus teaching us about Himself in how He responds to the challenge with the coin?
-Who made you? Who do you belong to? Why is this a necessary question to answer and live out of?
-What does our culture today tell us about how we came to be? What does this imply about how we are to live?
-How do we try to get out from under Jesus’ authority as our Creator? What does this look like?

III. Living Victor (vs. 27-44)
-The issue that is brought before Jesus is the question of what comes after death? Jesus addresses their unbelief through the Scriptures. What does Jesus say about life after death? How does this influence how we live our lives today?
-What does our culture tell us about what comes after death?
-Why do we have such a hard time living under the authority and rule of Jesus? How does what you have lived in your life influence the way you respond to authority and specifically to God’s authority?
-How does Jesus heal us in those places where we have been hurt or have sinned against Him?

IV. Pray for one another!

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Resources on Loving Our City

Pastor Duane Smets

God calls us to love cities and commit to them.  This has been a big passion of my life and the reason why I live in and planted a church in San Diego.  Below are resources you can use in sorting through whether this is the city God has called you to be.

Articles

San Diego For Life – Duane Smets
The Importance of the City – Duane Smets
A Theology of the City – Tim Keller
Hate the City, Love the City – Jonathan Dodson
A Vision of SD as a Great City of the 21st Century – Mary lyndon & Michael Stepner
SD Cost of Living Calculator – Zac Self

Books

The Meaning of the City – Jacques Ellul 
Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome – Rodney Stark
City of God – St. Augustine
The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture and the Church – Stephen Um & Justin Buzzard

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Jesus The Lord Of The City
Sermon Discussion


This week in the book of Luke we see Jesus enter the city of Jerusalem, "The City of David", the city he chose to die in and then rise from the dead. It's an important city, and cities throughout the Bible are important.

Jesus was from a tiny city called Nazareth, and it is a good piece of who He was here on earth.

What city would you say you're from? How would you say that city shaped you?

Let's read the text from Luke 19: 28-48:

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”

47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words. [Luke 19:28-48 ESV]

Was there anything about the passage that really intrigued you? Confused you? Challenged you?

Pastor Duane really wanted us to come away from the sermon on this passage realizing that we ought to "love the city." He had 3 big points:

The Story of the City
The Stones of the City
The Savior of the City

THE STORY OF THE CITY
One of the consistent focuses throughout the Bible is a focus on cities. From the very beginning when God tasked the first humans to create and populate a city, to the end as we look towards the city that is being prepared for believers.

What words would you use to describe how you feel about cities?
Why do you think cities are so emphasized throughout the Bible?

As believers we're citizens of God's coming city, though for now we're residents of our city here on earth. Duane pointed us to the words of the prophet Jeremiah who was speaking to the Israelites as they were int he exact same situation. He advised them to...

Jeremiah 29:5-7 - “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

"seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile."

How can we seek the welfare of our city, San Diego?
How can we pray to the Lord on it's behalf?

THE STONES OF THE CITY
As Jesus enters the city, the people are hailing Him as King and praising Him. It makes the local religious leaders very uncomfortable and they ask Jesus to calm the people. Jesus responds by proclaiming that "if they were silent the stones would cry out" alluding to the judgement that would face the city that denied Him.

Why were the people so excited to have Jesus in the city?

Stones are a form of judgement throughout the Bible and they're also used throughout the Bible to build, including building cities. Duane pointed to 3 "stones" that a city rests upon: people, production, and praise.

The people gather together to make up cities, though in this broken world it's mostly to survive and stay safe from criminals and attacks from others. Production is a natural result of people getting together, though in this broken world it's often tainted by greed, ambition, pride, racism and classism. As the city lives together it will also praise together, in this broken world however most often the praise is not directed towards God, but towards some other created thing in the city.

What are some ways you've seen our city's stones (people, production, and praise) reflect this broken world?


THE SAVIOR OF THE CITY
As Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem He does some things that demonstrate that the city is His. He claims Lordship over the city that He is about to die for.

What were somethings from the passage we see Jesus do to claim Lordship over the city?

Though Jesus is Lord of the city, he doesn't go in there and overthrow the powers that be and set himself up as ruler of the city, instead he lays down His life for the city. He went to perform an act of love so great that it would change people so that they could better live and exist together, as we will eventually work together in the city he is preparing.

How does Jesus act of love change people and change how they treat others in the city?
What sort of work do you think you'll do in the future city?

PRAYER
Pray with our group that God would give us all a love for this city to match his great love for it. And thank Him for preparing a city even now for us to truly praise Him in, very soon.

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Relational Rhythms of Grace: Discipleship
Sermon Discussion
Matthew 4:18-22
Pastor Chris Sandoval

-What is something that you have learned by watching or learning from another person? What was that process like?

Read the passage again:
"While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is calledPeter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers,James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father,mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him."

-What is discipleship from this passage?
1. Discipleship has two components from this passage : you follow and you fish. What does it look like to follow Jesus? What does it look like to fish for men?

-Why do we avoid discipleship in our lives?

-How is discipleship a gracious ministry in our lives? In the lives of others?

-How can we learn to do discipleship from Jesus in this passage?

A couple of quotes from Pastor Chris:
1. "You cannot be a follower of Jesus and be distant from Him: you need to get close" Why? How do we do that?
2. "Jesus comes near, He interrupts, and He calls to follow" How might this give us a model for discipling others in our lives?

-Pray for one another!