Week 1: AUGUST 1
Micah 6:6-8, Luke 4:16-19
Jesus’ ministry is inaugurated and framed by acts doing justice with and for the poor, the captive, the hurting, and the oppressed.
- Can you have kindness and mercy without justice?
- What does justice look like for your neighbor?
- Justice is often disruptive. Why do you think Micah counts justice-doing as a part of the “good life?”
- Who would Jesus be drawn to do justice with today? Why?
Week 2: AUGUST 8
- Have you ever wondered what God wanted from you?
- What were the circumstances?
- What would happen if you measured your choices by Micah’s admonition?
- How might it make choosing easier? More difficult?
Week 3: AUGUST 15
Micah 6:8, Luke 11:37-42
Key to Following Jesus is loving and practicing God’s kindness.
- What is so important about kindness?
- What does it mean to love kindness?
- What makes it so easy to forget kindness like the Pharisees did?
- Who do you know who loves kindness?
- Where do you need to love kindness more?
Week 4: AUGUST 22
Seeking Peace is more important than worship
Reconciling is a huge value for Jesus, more important than coming to worship
- What is so harmful about anger that Jesus would caution us against it?
- How does contempt feel different than anger?
- What surprises you about Jesus valuing reconciliation over worship?
- What would your life be like if you checked in with everyone who you remember has something against you?
- Can you imagine living a fully reconciled life? What would it feel like?
Week 5: AUGUST 29
Christ’s Humility at Work in us for God’s Peace
Imitating the humility of Christ establishes our unity and propels us in acts of service and peace.
- How have you experienced encouragement and belonging in Christ?
- Describe a time when you felt bonded and unified with other followers of Jesus.
- What stirs tenderness and compassion in you?
- How does looking out for others’ interests above your own bring you closer to Christ? How does ignoring your own interests hinder you in your relationship with God and others?
- How have you experienced “God at work in you” both to motivate and to do God’s good will?