Chapter 3 — #2

2) Think through the implications of Jacob’s experience for our lives today.

·      Do we get to decide who is at the top of the ladder and determine for ourselves how we access him?

·      How do we encounter the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob today?

·      Is God with us in the same way that he was with Jacob?

·      Have you ever experienced God’s presence before?

Chapter 3 — #1

1) Picture the setting the evening before Jacob’s dream and the morning after. When Jacob woke up from his dream, he remarked, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!”

·      Had anything changed in the physical setting? What changes had taken place in Jacob?

·      Describe the difference between God’s presence with Jacob before and after the dream.

·      Who was at top of ladder or stairway in Jacob’s dream? How could Jacob have access to him?

Chapter 2 — #2 & #3

2) Most people would agree that the world is not as it should be.

·      What are some solutions that have been suggested to fix these problems?

·      Do you think any of these solutions would completely solve the examples of brokenness you listed above? Why or why not?

3) How have the tragic events of this narrative contributed to our sense of “Longing for Home”?

Chapter 2 — # 1

1. There is a huge disconnect between the previous chapter and this one. What evidence do you see that our world is now broken? You might want to collect specific examples from recent headlines or newscasts—both locally and globally.

·      Where do you see nature at odds with humanity?

·      Where do you see humanity at odds with the environment?

·      Where do you see broken human relationships?

·      Where do you see broken relationships between humans and God?

·      Do you see evidence of this same brokenness (or “sin”) in your own heart as well?

Chapter 1 Questions (Longing for Home)

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  1. Think about something you own like a car or a house, or something that you’ve “created”—say, a pan of lasagna, a knitted scarf, or maybe a refurbished Mustang.
    1. Discuss the implications of ownership: Who does the object belong to? Who determines the purpose of the “creation”?
    2. If God created the earth and all that is in it—including us—does it all belong to him How might that affect the way we live life?
  2. What does the creation story reveal about the nature and character of God?
    1. Did you notice that Genesis 1 and 2 (Acts 1 and 2 in our narrative) emphasize different aspects of God’s character? What do we learn from each? Why might God have told the story of creation from two different vantage points?
  3. According to Genesis 1-2, we are created beings: formed from dust and yet made in the image of God.
    1. How might this truth change the way you view yourself? Or how you treat others?
  4. Discuss the idea that the Garden of Eden was not only a perfect home but also a sanctuary—the place where God intended to dwell and meet with humanity. Does that surprise you?

 

What in this chapter challenged your previous understanding of God or yourself? How so?

Welcome & Icebreaker Questions

Welcome Ladies!

By now you've received the intro and Chapter 1 of Longing for Home. We pray and trust that God is impacting your life with this beautiful picture of His big story — a relentless, merciful and loving Father who longs to make His home with His children. Here are a few instructions for getting setup.

  1. Read the designated chapter. (Intro + 1 — January, 2 — February, 3 — March, etc.)
  2. "Get Together with Others" questions will be emailed on Wednesdays.
  3. Click on the "Join the Discussion" button. You'll be taken to getintotheword.ca/lfh where you can comment. 
  4. Post your answer to at least one discussion question in the comment section.
  5. Reply to at least one other comment from a fellow traveller. 
  6. Continue reading and making your home with Jesus!

As you post, it's worth noting that the page is not publicly advertised but it's also not password protected. The comment section could be read if someone were really searching for it.

We are so thankful you are joining this journey together with us.

Kathy, Susan & Stephanie

Icebreaker Questions:

  1. How many different places have you called home over the years?
  2. What comes to mind when you hear the word “home”?
  3. How does the theme “Longing for Home” resonate with you?

All the Chapter 1  "Get Together With Others" questions will be posted THIS Friday. After that, the chapter questions will be spread out over the Wednesday's in the month. Keep an eye out in your email and be sure to add stephaniembeaulieu@outlook.com to your safe senders list.