We hide it. We don’t want to admit it. We do everything we can to cover it up, yet deep down inside we all know the truth: we’re broken. Selfishness runs rampant, greed poisons our relationships, and in a million other ways, we fall short of the people we were created to be. Yet in the midst of our brokenness, God wants to meet us—to offer hope that comes from His power, not our effort.
Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...
Welcome to the Chaser–a few questions after the weekend service to start conversations. If this is your first time in a group, or your group has new members, take a few minutes and introduce yourself. Two truths and a lie is always a good place to start.
“What the heck is wrong with me?” We’ve all asked ourselves this question. (Though maybe not while sneaking a picture inside of Jesus’ tomb) When was the latest, or the most memorable time you’ve asked yourself “what is wrong with me?”
Paul (the guy that wrote most of the New Testament) wrote about not understanding his own actions too. Someone read it out loud here. What sticks out to you? Everyone share.
Some follow up questions: Do you, like Paul, “do the very thing I hate?” How does Paul define “the good that I want?”
The world tells us to hide our brokenness or struggles. God says when you accept brokenness, you’ll find hope. Which perspective do you agree with, and why? Everyone share.
Some follow up questions: Have you admitted brokenness or weakness before? What happened? Why does the world look down on weakness or brokenness?
Let’s try out what God says about brokenness. Starting with the tallest person in the group, share where you feel broken, or shameful, or unworthy. Take it slow, this can be hard. After each person shares, take a moment and pray for them. Then, keep going until everyone has a turn.
Never prayed out loud? No worries. Try saying something like this. “God, thank you for Steve’s bravery in saying those words out loud. We ask that he finds hope in you. Amen.”
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We know we’re on the way to finding hope in brokenness when we look for help, or look for good in it. This week, do one of those two things.
Find an area of your life where you feel broken down. Then, ask another person for help. Or, spend time in prayer every day asking God to show you the good in the brokenness.
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Apr 6, 2019 • 58 mins 31 sec