Connection Groups Curriculum


 

Introduction

Materials


 

APRIL 28, 2019 | FAITH AND WORKS

Salvation comes through faith alone. This is a basic concept of Christian faith and was the cornerstone of the Protestant reformation 500 years ago. Yet, as German theologian and Nazi resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminded us, grace without response is cheap. God’s mercy compels us to act. How are we to resolve the tension between the call to simply believe and the call to do something about it?

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MAY 5, 2019 | SORROW AND JOY

Somehow, we Christians have come to believe the idea that when we follow Jesus, our life should be free from trouble. Yet Jesus, nor the Scriptures, ever make such a promise. In fact, the Bible tells us that to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven, including both mourning and laughing. What if the full Christian life includes both sorrow and joy - sometimes at the same time?

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MAY 12, 2019 | GIFT AND RESPONSIBILITY

Is God’s grace something that happens in an instant, or is it something that takes a lifetime to receive and comprehend? Biblically, the answer is both, as Jesus invites people to believe and be saved in an instant, yet Paul exhorts us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

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MAY 19, 2019 | POWER AND LOVE

Is God all-powerful or all-loving? The presence of evil in the world would seem to nullify one or the other: either God is all-powerful but allows sin, and therefore doesn’t fully love us, or God is all-loving but lacks power to remove sin. Since it is hard to reconcile the two, we tend to minimize one at the expense of the other. How are we to resolve the tension between a God who can do anything and a God who is pure love?

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MAY 26, 2019 | SACRIFICE AND LIFE

One of the most paradoxical of all of Jesus’ teachings is this: “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” How can we lose life by finding it, or find life by losing it? Consider: we spend our lives trying to find the “good life,” yet never achieve the fulfillment we seek. Jesus invites Nicodemus to be born again, but in order to be born again, we must die to the old self first.

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