Easter Grace and Forgiveness – Cyril Guerette

May 25.14 // Easter Grace and Forgiveness – Cyril Guerette by Freechurch Toronto on Mixcloud

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you have a story that shows the power of forgiveness in your life or someone who you know?

2. Read the passage in John 21 – Jesus asked Peter if he loved Jesus more than anything else. Imagine if Jesus asked you that question, what would your honest response be? Notice what is your first response and if anything is holding you back from giving a wholehearted YES.

3. Jesus has given us the ability to live in the power of the resurrection, which enables us to do great and mighty things in the world and which also extends to the ability to radically forgiveness. Do you find you are willing to forgive easily? or do you find yourself holding onto grudges?

4.Grace is getting something you don’t deserve. God gave grace to Peter even though he didn’t deserve it. Are there people in your life that you can give grace to, even though you don’t think they deserve it?

5. We are able to give people grace because we have received God’s forgiveness and grace while we were still sinners. How do you see grace at work in your relationship with God? Do you have a difficult time receiving God’s grace? Why?

6. Weekly Challenge: Ask God to reveal to you who you could be showing grace this week. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you with resurrection power to forgive and give grace. Report back next week to your living room and see how it goes.

Your Future-Now Royal/Priestly Calling – Jon Osmond

May 18.14 // Your Future-Now Royal/Priestly Calling – Jon Osmond by Freechurch Toronto on Mixcloud

Discussion Questions:

1. How do you feel about being called Royal Priests? Why might it be difficult to see yourself as a priest in your present life?

2. As citizens of heaven we have dual citizenship in the present. What does citizenship mean in our Canadian context and how can that help us understand our spiritual citizenship in heaven?

3. The role of a priests is to connect other people with God and bringing his grace and love to the world. In which ways or areas of your life is God calling you to enact your priestly role in sharing God’s love with people?

4. Who are you currently praying for or could start praying for as your life out your priestly calling in the present life?

5. According to Rev. 1:6 our future calling is actually to reign with: Christ (Rev 1:6)… what does that look like in the present? Ephesians 2:6 states that the impact of the resurrection is that we are “seated with Christ in heavenly realms”. How can you see yourself leading like Jesus and with Jesus in your current place of work or in your neighbourhood? Where can you show sacrificial servant leadership, as modeled by Jesus?

6. Have you ever asked someone who was not a believer if you could pray for them? How did that go? How did they receive that invitation? Who is God bringing to mind that you could extend that life line of prayer to in your ?

7. How do you feel about being called Mandela-Tutu? After apartheid fell in South Africa, together they formed the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” which has been imitated the world over; even in Canada after the abuses of at residential schools for natives came out. If you want, read a little more about it. How is this form of “restorative justice” an example of Easter spirituality and evidence of the Future Kingdom now? Does this remind you of a prev. sermon on 2 Cor. 5:18 on our “ministry of reconciliation”?

8. Here’s a great prayer by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Feel free to meditate on and pray it:

Disturb us, O Lord

when we are too well-pleased with ourselves
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,
because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, O Lord

when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the water of life
when, having fallen in love with time,
we have ceased to dream of eternity
and in our efforts to build a new earth,
we have allowed our vision of Heaven to grow dim.

Stir us, O Lord

to dare more boldly, to venture into wider seas
where storms show Thy mastery,
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes
and invited the brave to follow.

Amen

9. Weekly Challenge – As the Spirit leads, tell someone in your life that you will be praying for them, and make sure you actually do 🙂 If you feel bold and where appropriate, ask to pray with someone on the spot. Notice how the Spirit is promoting you in these times of living out your priestly call and begin notice how we can enact the Kingdom of God on earth as we live out our priestly call.

Easter Mothers – Cyril Guerette

May 11.14 // Easter Mothers – Cyril Guerette by Freechurch Toronto on Mixcloud

Discussion Questions:

1. Because of the social context in Jesus’ day, woman would not have been seen as a good reliable source of information and their testimony would not have been highly regarded in the court of law. Where are we still seeing this kind of discrimination in our culture today with different people group and genders? How can the story of the Mary’s help change these stereotypes in our culture today?

2. Have you ever met a woman of God/Christian woman who displayed incredible faithfulness and love? How can you show love and appreciation for her this week? or if she has passed away, thank God for her testimony.

3. Like Mary Magdalene, have you ever had an experience of being delivered in some way or met by God in some way that increased your faith and commitment to him? Mary Magdalene had 7 demons cast out of her – Luke 8: 1-3

4. These Mary’s were not valued because of their social position or knowledge, but because of their love and faithfulness for Christ. What does this teach us about what God values? How can we understand what God is calling us to, by looking at the lives of these woman?

5. How can we practically put this kind of faithful love into practice this week as we love God and others?

Living the Future Reality in the Present – Jon Osmond

May 04.14 // Living the Future Reality in the Present – Jon Osmond by Freechurch Toronto on Mixcloud

Discussion Questions:

1.How does the resurrection of Jesus impact your everyday life?

2.Resurrection life for followers of Jesus means becoming our future serves in the present. How do we achieve our future serves?

3.Have you ever imagined what your life would be like in its complete, resurrected future self? What would that look like or be characterized by?

4.Baptism is a powerful symbol of new life; living out the resurrection. How does remembering your baptism affect the way you live out your future self?

5.Have you been baptized? What do you think about being re-baptized as an adult?

6.Reflect: What are the things that need to be developed in your life, through the power that raised Christ from the dead, to help you live in your future self?
Spend some time in prayer as you ask the Holy Spirit to guide your prayer.