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Luke 13:1-8 | Week of April 3, 2016

April 4th, 2016

Chris Morton

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Welcome 

Start by spending some unstructured time together. Eventually, transition to a welcome question, either general or specific.

  • General Question: What was the highlight of your past week? What was the roughest part?
  • Specific Question: Have you ever had someone advocate for you? Who was it and what was it like?

Lectio Divina

Listen

  • Begin with a few moments of quiet or a prayer.
  • Facilitator: “During the first reading listen for specific words or phrases that grab your attention.”
  • Have one person read the passage aloud.

Meditate

  • Facilitator: “During the second reading meditate on the text, asking God what it means.”
  • Have one person read the passage aloud.

Share

  • Facilitator: “After the third reading, share out loud the word or phrase that came to you.”
  • Have one person read the passage aloud.
  • Take this moment to share your word or phrase.
  • If you have time to go through the discussion questions, do so now.

Savor

  • Facilitator: “During the fourth reading savor Let go of words, and ask God to reveal how the text might affect your life this week.”
  • Have one person read the passage aloud.

Acts 9:1-20

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”


“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Discuss

Take your time to discuss the following questions. Make space to let everyone speak.

  1. What thoughts or emotions stir in you when you read this passage?
  2. Is there anything in the text you find discouraging or encouraging?
  3. What does this passage teach us about the nature of God?
  4. How might this affect the way you interact with the people who make up Austin Mustard Seed? How might this affect how you interact with neighbors (literal neighbors, coworkers, friends, etc.)
  5. What do you want to remember about this passage in the week to come?

Pray Together

Spend time praying together for hopes, dreams, joys and needs. Make sure at least one person records the prayers and sends them to the rest of the group.