remember

NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow (Sun., Sept. 11). This guide flows out of the sermon that I’ll preach that morning. You’ll find these LIFE group discussion guides categorized each week here on my site under the category title LIFE group guides.

Aim

To encourage us to remember that our life is governed by God, not by our grief, grit, guts, or gain.

Scripture

Think about what I’m saying; the Lord will give you understanding about everything. Remember Jesus Christ, who was raised from the dead and descended from David. This is my good news. (2 Timothy 2:7-8)

Open

Icebreaker questions are intended to simply get us all talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.

1. Where were you when you first learned the news of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001?

2. When you hear the words “Jesus Christ,” what is the first thing that pops into your mind?

Dig

These questions are meant to help us grapple directly with some of the sermon’s Scripture text.

1. What good is there to be had in pondering (“think about what I am saying” – vs.7)?

2. What’s Paul’s point in reminding Christians Jesus was a descendant of David (vs. 8)?

3. Paraphrase the meaning of verse 8 in your own words in a single sentence.

Reflect

These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us through his word.

1. Where, or through whom, were you first memorably called to “remember Jesus Christ?”

2. What sorts of “news” are we tempted to build our lives around rather than God’s “good news?”

3. It seems a bit strange to call on Christians to “remember Jesus Christ?” How is it he so forgettable?

4. How do other Christians best assist you in “remembering Jesus Christ?”

5. What is your most painful memory of Jesus?

6. What is your most precious memory of the Christ?

7. What exactly are you intent on making memorable in your life to others about Jesus Christ?

a prayer for all who we remember

Holy God our Heavenly Father,

Bless our friends and our loved ones and keep them safe from harm and danger.
Bless our enemies and those who dislike us, and help us by caring for them to make them our friends.
Bless those who are in pain of body, anxiety of mind, or sorrow of heart.
Bless those who are lonely because death has taken from them a dear friend or loved one.
Bless those who are old and who now are left alone.
Bless those who’ve made a mess of life and who know all too well that they have no one but themselves to blame.
Bless those who have fallen into temptation and who are sorry now, and give them grace to begin again and this time not to fall.
Bless all who are in trouble and help them to wind their way through it.
Bless each one of us not as we think we need, but as you know we need.

Give us, O Lord, minds like yours, so that our delight is doing your will. May your word be written on our hearts. Give us courage and resolve to do our very best in living for your glory and your praise. As you give us each of the rest of the days of our lives, may we use them all for what they are, precious gifts from you. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Excerpted, and lightly edited from, A Barclay Prayer Book by William Barclay (Westminster John Knox Press, 1990), first published under the titles Epilogues and Prayers (1963) and Prayers for the Christian Year (1964)