The Politics of Jesus
Sunday, November 1
1. Tell about a time your actions or intentions were misunderstood. What did you feel or learn in that experience that can help you love or relate to others?
2. In her book, The Space Between Us: How Jesus Teaches Us to Live Together When Politics and Religion Pull Us Apart, Sarah Bauer Anderson writes:
In a shaming culture and its close relative, cancel culture, we don’t see people. We see their misspeaking, their misbehaving, their glaring errors, and their shameful blunders. We see their avatars and timelines – a projection of them. But we don’t see them. Their humanity. Their story. Who they are. It’s no wonder our conversations with people we don’t agree with have turned as toxic as they have. But when we’re curious, asking questions, behaving inquisitively, we being to see one another and the humanity that even those we are least like share with us.
Take an honest look into your past and present personal relationships, your view of differing people groups, belief systems, etc. How have your own fears or negative assumptions about others led you to contribute toward divisiveness? Conversely, can you share any examples of a time that curiosity or generous assumptions have led you to strengthen or repair a relationship that might otherwise have been broken?
3. Share something that you’ve learned or considered during the “Think Different” sermon series that has helped you grow as a follower of Jesus.
4. Specifically around the practice of putting Jesus at the center of everything we say, do, and think, what are some strengths of Inland Hills Church as a faith as a faith community, and what are some areas where we can grow stronger?