Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Resistance: Spiritual discipline is a powerful act of resistance

The Reign of King Josiah

Josiah was king of Judah in the 7th century BC. He brought about major religious reforms and is often credited with compiling important Hebrew scriptures. Josiah became king of Judah at the age of eight, after the assassination of his father, King Amon, and reigned for thirty-one years. He is mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus and is described as a very righteous king. He dealt with many issues, both personally and as a leader of a nation. His life and story is one that can have great impact on the church today when it comes to leadership, repentance and resistance.

Best Practices for Missional Community Bible Study Facilitation

  • As you begin each study, pray that God will speak to you through his Word.
  • Listen attentively to other members. Encourage only Bible reading from phones during the study.
  • Work to include everyone’s voice by asking follow-up questions, restating what you heard someone say, and asking for more details to thoughts given by group members.
  • It is often helpful for someone to take notes of the discussion and send them out afterwards to reinforce key learnings from the study.
  • Pray for one another and be accountable to applying the word of God to your lives.

General Questions:

  1. What does this scripture communicate about the heart of God?
  2. What does it teach us about ourselves?
  3. Does it challenge our thinking/beliefs in a new way?

Sermon Specific Question:

  1. Read 2 Chronicles 34-35. We see Josiah as King bring back the proper posture and practices of the nation before God. He instituted sweeping changes but also brought back many practices for the people. How have disciplines played out in your walk with Jesus? What joys and frustrations have you experienced as you’ve engaged rhythms recently or in the past?
  2. What would daily, weekly, monthly, and annual rhythms look like for you in 2019 in seeking to deepen your relationship with God? Maybe we need to back up and ask if this is a priority for you? Be transparent. If needed, pause here and pray for one another.
  3. A Rule of Life can be a very useful tool to help us implement more consistent rhythms. Henri Nouwen says, “A Rule offers creative boundaries within which God’s loving presence can be recognized and celebrated”. Taking the last question and looking at the rule of life tool, take a few minutes and begin to write down practices you’d like to implement. What stands out about what you have written?
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