Undomesticating God Session 1 with Show Notes

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Show Notes for Week 1:

Consider this scenario: You’re hiking with your husband and your kid. There is a sharp drop off to the right. Some rocks slip and your husband and kid start to fall. You are able to grab both of their hands. They are now both hanging below you as you struggle to pull them both back up. You only have the strength to pull one of them back to safety or all will perish. What do you do?

Study Guide Questions:

1. What are the things outside of your normal bills that you like to spend your money on? Clothing, vacation, your kids? Take a quick look at your hobbies and pleasures in life that cost money and jot those down.

2. Would you consider yourself to be a people-pleaser? Why?

3. Do you find some of your value in helping others?

4. How do you feel when someone won’t let you help them?

5. Describe the last time you allowed someone to help you?

6. How did it make you feel to let someone help you?

7. How do you think it made the person who helped you feel?

8. Describe Generation Z? Do you know any?

9. How do you think God feels about Generation Z?

10. Share a time in your life when you got lost as a child? Describe how you felt.

11. Describe how you felt once you were found.

12. What main points stood out to you from Jen’s Testimony?

13. What do you think “fruits of salvation” means?

 

Read Matthew 7:21-23 ESV

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘‘Lord, Lord,’’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’’ And then will I declare to them, ‘‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’’

14. Share your thoughts on Matthew 7:21-23 above.

Read all of Luke 5:1-11
1 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

15. Why do you think Simon (Peter) wanted Jesus to go away from him in verse 8?

16. What specifically caused Simon to realize Jesus is God?

17. What was their response to Jesus in verse 11? What exactly did they leave behind?

Imagine you come into a huge inheritance. Or let’s say you get a massive promotion.

18. Would you be able to walk away from everything, including a financial windfall, like they did? Why or why not?

Individual and Group prayer for the week:
Pray that God would help you to understand His will for your life rather than yours. Ask God to provide clarity in hard situations. Ask that He would give you mercy and that you would find grace. Pray that God would fill you with the Holy Spirit and help you to be calm.

Verse to memorize this week:
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes!” (Romans 1:16 ESV)

Verses to meditate on this week:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘‘Lord, Lord,’’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’’ And then will I declare to them, ‘‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’’ (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

NEXT WEEK:

The Book Club Session Two is on February 23, 2020 at 2pm pacific (3pm mountain, 4pm central, 5pm eastern) on my author page: www.facebook.com/jenosullivanauthor

I hope you can join us! You do not need to have the book to follow along. This is an 8 week series that you can also catch the replays on Facebook or here on my website: http://www.holyjustlove.com
Get more info about this book at: www.31oils.com/UGfree
Week 1 Book winner: Lisa Stockman
To enter for next weeks drawing post your Amazon book review on the title image of this page here: https://tinyurl.com/UGbookreview
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Book Club Session 1 Preview

Screen Shot 2020-02-16 at 8.08.50 AMThe Book Club Session One is today at 2pm pacific (3pm mountain, 4pm central, 5pm eastern) here on my author page: www.facebook.com/jenosullivanauthor
I hope you can join us! You do not need to have the book to follow along. This is an 8 week series that you can also catch the replays on Facebook or on my website: http://www.holyjustlove.com
See you today at 2pm PST!
 
Here are some of the study guide questions if you do not have it so you can get a little prepared for today. You can download the first few chapters at www.31oils.com/UGfree
 
SESSION ONE (Introduction Questions)
 
1. What are the things outside of your normal bills that you like to spend your money on? Clothing, vacation, your kids? Take a quick look at your hobbies and pleasures in life that cost money and jot those down.
 
2. Would you consider yourself to be a people-pleaser? Why?
 
3. Do you find some of your value in helping others?
 
4. How do you feel when someone won’t let you help them?
 
5. Describe the last time you allowed someone to help you?
 
6. How did it make you feel to let someone help you?
 
7. How do you think it made the person who helped you feel?
 
8. Describe Generation Z? Do you know any?
 
9. How do you think God feels about Generation Z?
 
10. Share a time in your life when you got lost as a child? Describe how you felt.
 
11. Describe how you felt once you were found.

Busted!

F7ADB8D3E4136D24AC00E245DF4F65EB.non-draft.96dpiWhen Jacob was in grade school, at the age of eight, he got to experience first hand what mercy and grace meant. It was a summer afternoon and he was out roaming the neighborhood with several of the local kids in the community. They had been friends for a while and liked to explore and generally get into low-grade trouble as kids do. I needed him to come home, so I walked outside to find him. As I was calling his name while walking down the path by our community pool, I heard a noise just above me. I looked up, and to my shock and horror there were the kids, up on the roof of the bathroom building for the pool.

My son was a good climber and he knew the rules, so he was busted, but that fact alone was not what shocked me and filled me with horror at that moment. It was the fact that the older boys allowed the youngest boy, who was only four, to climb up there with them. I ordered them all down at once, in the firmest mom voice I could muster up, and then brought all of them over to sit on the stairs of our front porch. Once seated with their full attention, I let them all have it.

I had been a teacher for many years, so calmly guilt-tripping children into understanding and agreeing with my point was something I was highly skilled at. As I explained to them the error of their ways, the look on their faces told me they understood and were sorry for their actions. The four-year-old could have been killed and they all would have to live with that burden of fault in their hearts forever. They understood it was their responsibility to look after each other and make better choices based on the group rather than their own personal desires.

I told them all to go home, and they all fled like little birds fluttering off into the wind. Seated still, with eyes locked on me, was my own son. He was devastated. He knew there would be more because he was my child and we had been here before. Discipline. It was coming.

I sat down beside him and put my arm around him. I knew he was sorry. He looked up at me with tears in his eyes and whispered again, “I’m sorry mama.” What a blessing that child is to me, even to this day. I gave him a hug and told him he was forgiven. I said, “Let’s go inside, wash up, and I would like to take you out for ice cream.”

The look of shock on his face was priceless. Instead of punishment, he was getting mercy, and instead of discipline, he was getting a reward? How could this be? As we drove to the ice cream shop, I shared with my son what mercy and grace mean. Mercy is not getting punished for something you deserve. Grace is getting something wonderful that you don’t deserve.

Instead of punishment, I forgave him, and gave him a reward. This is counter to how we normally operate. It is counter to how any of us understand how the world works. You do something wrong, you should get punished, not rewarded. That’s the beauty of God’s mercy and grace. It doesn’t make much sense to us humans, but when we experience it first-hand, it is the most wonderful blessing anyone can have.

My son was truly repentant. He fully knew what he had done wrong and he was deeply sorry for it. I could see that plainly. His sad demeanor and downtrodden face, along with his verbal apology was all I needed to know he was truly repentant. Showing him mercy and grace at that moment was, in my opinion, a good place to give him a glimpse of God’s great mercy and grace that He has for His children.

From the book “Undomesticating God” by Jen O’Sullivan www.31oils.com/UGfree