Food as Justice: Part 1 – Week of 6/5-11

DOING THE THINGS JESUS DID: FOOD AS JUSTICE PART 1

1. Have you been able to listen to the past two sermons on the Kingdom and our resources? What did you think?

2. How often do you think about the story behind your resources and food and how it affects the world around you?

OVERVIEW

The entire Bible showcases God’s great concern for the poor and the hungry. In God’s economy, those with much are to sacrifice for those with little. This includes feeding the hungry. Because our relationship with food and how/what we choose to buy and to eat impacts the world in real ways, we want to talk together about creative ways to recapture God’s heart for food as an instrument of kindness, compassion and justice.

When we talk about the way food choices impact the Kingdom, it is easy for things to devolve into new law or self-righteousness. Today instead of making legalistic lists of what foods we should or shouldn’t buy, what grocery stores we utilize, and what restaurants we visit we want to simply have some conversation about food. The discussion is meant to prompt thinking about what it means to live in God’s kingdom, and how food is a part of Kingdom life.

This practice has two parts.The first part is this week. It is a discussion about things to consider when purchasing and consuming food. The second part is next week. As a whole church we will be serving a meal next Sunday (June 12) night at Gap Ministries. We want this to be an extension of the Food as Justice conversation as we experience using food as a tool of mercy, compassion, and kindness.

PART 1

What does it mean/what is the value in considering these things in light of the Kingdom of God?

● Do you regularly give thought where your food comes from before you buy/eat it?

● Have you ever considered the impact or value of buying from local/family farms or farmers markets?

● Have you ever considered the impact of plastics and packaging on the environment?

PART 2

Sign up HERE to serve with us at GAP Ministries this coming Sunday, June 12th.

 

 

Hospitality + Neighboring Workshop Debrief – Week of 5/15-21

DEBRIEF OF PRACTICE ONE

This week we are continuing the conversation from a few weeks back on hospitality and talking about take-aways from Sunday’s workshop on neighboring.

1. Have you had the chance to eat and drink with somebody who doesn’t follow Jesus since we met a few weeks back?

2. If so, how did it go? If not, is there someone you’ve planned on connecting with?

3. What is one step you can take to realistically integrate hospitality like this into the rhythm of your life? How can our community help with this?

 

DEBRIEF OF NEIGHBORING WORKSHOP (PRACTICE 2)

This past Sunday we hosted a workshop about neighboring as a church:

1. What excites you about being a part of a church that wants to be an outpost of the Kingdom as opposed to a castle?

2. What kinds of things did your table talk about at the workshop?

3. What does it look like to take one step towards better neighboring personally?

4. What does it look like to take one step towards better neighboring as a church?

Note: Our goal isn’t to start new things as a church. Rather, it is to consider how we can utilize the spaces that exist to take a single step toward following Jesus in the way he demonstrated hospitality and good neighboring. We want to be increasingly doing the things Jesus did.

 

 

Ordinary Hospitality – Week of 5/1-5/7

OVERVIEW

In the South, many of us, including those inside the Church, have been so desensitized to the Gospel that we sometimes forget what it looks like in action. People won’t shy away from you if you pray at a meal, say amen, or even say Jesus’ name, but beyond that the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, the message that Christ came to radically change and transform our lives makes people more and more uncomfortable. People are more likely to say no to coffee, turn the other way, or try to avoid long chats if they think you are coming to preach to them. People skirting the Gospel is nothing new, we know that Jesus himself faced anger and antagonism in his culture. But how did he overcome that?

One meal at a time. In story after story, we read of Jesus eating and drinking with the lost. In doing so, he set a timeless practice into motion.

This practice is what the New Testament writers go on to call “hospitality.” And while the practice of hospitality is directed at those inside and outside the church, the Greek word literally means “the love of a guest.” Hospitality is expressing the welcome of God the Father to all through tangible acts of love, ideally through giving food, shelter, and relationship.

Our Practice over the next several weeks is incredibly simple: follow Jesus’ example of eating and drinking with somebody who has yet to experience the Father’s welcome. And the beauty of this Practice is that anybody can do it. All it takes is a table.

DEBRIEF & DISCUSSION

1. Did you listen to the sermon? What were your thoughts?

2. Use the questions from the sermon for discussion. These questions will be posted on Instagram under this week’s Sermon Notes.  You can also find this weeks sermon notes and questions here.

DISCUSSION QUESTION REGARDING PRACTICES (see practices below)

1. What are some thoughts or creative ideas about this coming week’s Practice?

2. Have you ever been uncomfortable when invited into someone else’s space? What are some hosting pitfalls to avoid?

3. What are some experiences where you felt truly welcome in someone else’s home? Talk as a group about what it looks like to host well?

4. Discuss some ways you can demonstrate Jesus’ love and care for your guests?

5. Is there anybody in your life who immediately comes to mind that you want to share a meal with?

PRACTICES FOR THE COMING WEEK

Exercise #1: Pray, Consider, Invite.

● If you can, get somewhere quiet for this one.

● Prayer Take a few minutes to invite the Holy Spirit lead and guide your give shape to your imagination.

● Consider who in your life you could make space for around your table.

● Invite: Don’t stop here – make some plans and get it on the calendar!

Exercise #2:  Share a Meal with Somebody Outside of the Church
(over the course of the next two weeks).

● Before the meal: Life is busy but don’t miss this. Make space for you/your family to pray for your guests before they arrive – that God would use this time and your relationship as a stepping stone in their relationship with Him.

● Eat and drink with somebody!

● Ideally, open your home or apartment. If that doesn’t work, invite them to a third space (a restaurant, café, etc.)

● This could be a great time to learn how to cook a few good meals. A quick search of the internet will yield loads of easy-to-prepare, super delicious meals.

● You don’t have to force anything, but consider your discussion with you MC and the ways to host well and demonstrate the hospitality of Jesus.

● Make some plans to hang out again.

 

 

 

Dealing with our Past – Week of 4/24-4/30

DEBRIEF

  1. Last practice we spent time working through the places in our lives where we want to continue, stop, and start. Is there a value, practice, tradition that you found you wanted to continue?
  2. Is there something that you found you wanted to stop? 
  3. Is there something you want to start? 
  4. How can we, as a community, come alongside one another in these?

GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

This week we want to spend some time celebrating the hard work we’ve all done the past few months. We’re going to take some time asking questions, processing, and speaking life to one another. 

  1. What was something you learned about yourself in walking through all of the exercises during our time together? 
  2. Over the last few months were there any conversations that you need to have? Is there anything that you want to share that you hadn’t felt comfortable sharing before? 
  3. What remains unsettled? What do you still want to work on or places you want to see sustained growth? 
  4. What is something that is worth celebrating from our time together? This can be something you’ve seen in yourself, your family, others in the group. Spend some time encouraging one another.

QUICK NOTES

  • Additional resources (sample genogram, digital guide and workbook, relevant reading, list of local counselors, and coping skills), can be found HERE.

Content adapted from practicingtheway.org

 

 

Summer 2022 MC Overview

How do we actually do what Jesus does? As apprentices of Jesus, we are called to not only follow Jesus in spirit but we are called to continue his work on earth as it is in heaven. This includes things like opening up our homes and our lives to those who don’t know the real Jesus, praying for the lost, peacemaking, doing justice, preaching the gospel, teaching the ways of Jesus, standing up against religious and political corruption, and peacemaking. This summer we are allocating very intentional time as a church and in missional communities to explore and take next steps in forming our lives around the practices of Jesus; specifically regarding how we eat and drink and with whom.

The history of the church is around the table. For hundreds of years, this is where the people of Jesus met. And it’s from around tables that the gospel spread – from one table to the next. From one home to another. All over a meal.

The table is a very ordinary place and can become so routine that it gets easily overlooked as a place of life-changing community. By setting a table and sharing a meal, we provide the context for which people feel loved, where people feel heard; a place where God’s spirit can move. The practice of eating and drinking is central to the Kingdom of God; Jesus ate with the lost, Jesus ate with community, Jesus ate with God.

 

 

Summer 2022 Missional Community Calendar

Emphasis: Doing the Things Christ Does: Church Around the Table

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5/1-5/7: Sermon Discussion/ Practice 1: Radically Ordinary Hospitality

5/7: Serving: Augusta Handmade Fair

5/8-5/14: No MC: Global Missions Emphasis & Mother’s Day

5/15: Practice 2: Neighboring Workshop (Sunday Morning 10:45am)

5/15-5/21: Debrief Practice 1 & Workshop

5/22-5/38: Rec+/Off

5/29-6/4: Rec+/Off: Memorial Day Weekend

6/5-6/11: Practice 3: Food as Justice

6/12-7/2: MC’s will not meet for the remainder of June

6/17: Practice 4.1 – Dinner for 10

6/24: Practice 4.2 – Dinner for 10

7/1: Practice 4.3 – Dinner for 10

7/3-7/9: No MC: July 4th Week

7/10-7/16: Practice 5: Debrief Dinner for 10

7/17-7/23: Sermon Discussion

7/24-7/30: Sermon Discussion

7/31-8/6: No MC Gathering, Practice 6: Church Lake Day on 8/6

8/7-8/13: Practice 7: Communion & Dining Room Table Christianity

8/14: Baby Dedications

8/14-8/20: Practice 7 as an MC

8/21: Members Meeting 4pm

8/21-8/27: MC Optional Off

8/28-9/3: Rec+

Practices: (1) Radically Ordinary Hospitality; (2): Neighboring; (3): Food as Justice; (4-5): Eating & Drinking Together; (6): Celebration; (7): Communion & Dining Room Table Christianity

Dealing with our Past: Generational Blessing – Week of 3/20-3/26

BIBLE & DISCUSSION (Genesis 12:1-3)

1. Take a few minutes to make a list of some of the blessings (traditions, scripts, relational patterns, habits, rhythms, values, etc…) from your family of origin you want to celebrate and continue?

2. If you are comfortable, share 2-3.

3. God’s promise was to bless every nation on earth through Abraham’s family. Why do we think families play such a key role in God’s plan for the world? What does this say about how we do family in the church? And in this community?

PRACTICE OVERVIEW

After several weeks of working through our genograms, family patterns, and scripts we’re going to transition from the past to the present and future. We’ve talked a lot about family and will continue to do so but it is important to note that family in this context does not only mean the biological family you were born into, nor does it simply mean children. At Redemption we’re striving to invite everyone into the family of God which means we are all a part of each other’s family. We can use the space tonight to think about our families of origin, our biological family and children, our spouses, and the family of God.

This week we’ll be looking at various aspects of our life and family while prayerfully determining what things we want to continue, stop, and start. While we will be spending some time addressing the places in our stories we want to stop, the end goal is to find the stories that we want to start and continue. This is an opportunity to speak life into our own families and the families of others.

GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. If you had to summarize your family’s “blessing” in one sentence, what would you say?

2. What is the main blessing you hope to pass on to your own kids? OR How can you pass on your blessing to the next generation? Is it through a niece or nephew, a child in your community, a student you mentor, a kid from church, or some other way?

QUICK NOTES

  • Additional resources (sample genogram, digital guide and workbook, relevant reading, list of local counselors, and coping skills), can be found HERE.

Content adapted from practicingtheway.org

 

 

Exploring Our Stories Workshop Debrief – Week of 3/6-3/12

WORKSHOP DEBRIEF QUESTIONS

1. How was it considering how your own narrative scripts have shaped your life?

2. What was one of the scripts you chose to focus on during the workshop? –

3. Were you able to take a new script away from the workshop? (Believing a new script may take time).

4. How can we as a community help to speak the truth in love?

 

 

Dealing with our Past: Relational Patterns Pt 2 – Week of 2/6-2/12

DEBRIEF QUESTIONS

1. Were you able to identify a few relational patterns in your family of origin? Was it difficult to do? Why or Why not? Were you able to see how any of those patterns have affected you?

2. What do you think was helpful about identifying an attachment style?

3. If you’re able, share one thing from your life and family history that was evil, but that God has used for good. And how?

4. Did you experience any “aha” moments or breakthroughs?

5. What was your experience processing some of these things through the prayer and scripture prompts?

EXERCISES (OPTIONAL)

For each of these exercises allow yourself 20-25 minutes of dedicated time (you can use more if needed or desired). To get going with each of them, start with our abiding framework from the fall:

1. Put away your phone or any other distractions, settle into your time/place

2. “Breathing prayer”: this is meant to help us slow down and disconnect from distractions

3. “Abide”: God has given followers of Jesus the Holy Spirit. Abiding is acknowledging and tuning our own heart and mind into the reality that God is here with us in this moment.

EXERCISE ONE

• Take a few minutes to read through the work you did in Week One.

• As you review exercises 1-3 from week 1, acknowledge the truth of what you are experiencing, feeling or thinking and write them down.

• Take time to share these things (without censorship) in writing with the Father. These can be thoughts or feelings about the moments of trauma, redemption, or the Father. Be sure to make some space to listen in silence as well.

• Close this exercise by reading and meditating on Isaiah 43:16-21

Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.

EXERCISE 2

• Take a few minutes to read through the work you did for Week 1, Exercise 4.

• If you didn’t complete this exercise the first time around, take some time to go back and do it.

• If you completed this exercise previously, start here.

• Take a few minutes to review the list of sins you carry forward in your own life. Acknowledge the truth of what you are experiencing, feeling or thinking as you review them and write it down.

• Take time to share these things (without censorship) in writing with the Father. Be sure to make some space to listen in silence as well.

• If you haven’t already, spend some time in prayer over each item on the list. Make time to confess

these before the Father, asking God for forgiveness or asking for and receiving His grace.

• Close this exercise by reading and meditating on these two passages:

John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Isaiah 61:1-3. Remember that Jesus is the fulfillment of this promise:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

EXERCISE 3

• Take a few minutes to read through exercises 1-2 from week 2.

• As you review these exercises, acknowledge the truth of what you are experiencing, feeling or thinking and write them down. If you are able, identify which patterns elicit which feelings/thoughts.

• If you find yourself overwhelmed, use this coping skills resource as needed. Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone in your community or contact someone one this list of local therapists and counselors.

• If you are able, take time to share these things (without censorship) in writing with the Father. Be sure to make some space to listen in silence as well.

• Close this exercise by reading and meditating on Ephesians 1:3-8

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight…

QUICK NOTES

  • You can listen to the podcast again here: PODCAST
  • Additional resources (sample genogram, digital guide and workbook, relevant reading, list of local counselors, and coping skills), can be found HERE.

Content adapted from practicingtheway.org

 

 

Dealing with our Past: Relational Patterns – Week of 1/30-2/5

DEBRIEF QUESTIONS

1. What was your experience like working on your genogram?

2. Was there anything from your own personal story that you want to share or discuss?

3. What was one insight, event, or pattern from your family of origin that was surprising or new to you? OR Is there an event or pattern from your family of origin that you believe has had the greatest impact on you?

4. Did you experience any “aha” moments or breakthroughs?

5. What was your experience processing some of these things through the prayer and scripture prompts?

EXERCISE 1: RELATIONAL PATTERNS

• Pull out your Genogram Workbook from last week. Settle into a comfortable, quiet place, and put away any other distractions.

• Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your mind and heart, and give you peace through this exercise.

• Review your genogram, then turn to pg. 5 and fill in the following relational patterns using the key provided.

◦ Separation, divorce, remarriage, abandonment, adoption, relational enmeshment, codependency, emotional unavailability, sexual relationships, living together, sexism, cutoffs, cutoffs repaired, closeness distant relationships, sexual abuse, physical abuse, or emotional abuse.

• Take a few minutes and identify and write down any relational patterns you’ve discovered. Listed below are a few examples of what to look for:

◦ Patterns of births, deaths, natural crisis

◦ Patterns of closeness and distance

◦ Patterns of emotional availability, codependency, and depth

◦ Patterns of emotional cut-offs or enmeshment

◦ Patterns of dominance or submission

• At this point be mindful of the emotions you are feeling. Invite and allow the Holy Spirit to help you identify and process these emotions. Utilize the coping skills resource as needed.

• Journal: Take a few minutes to write how doing this exercise has emotionally impacted you.

• Pray: ask God to comfort you, protect you, and continue to help you make connections between your past and present.

EXERCISE 2: ATTACHMENT

• Read through each of the listed attachment styles on page 6.

• Take a few minutes and pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help lead you as you review the attachment styles listed.

• Check the box that you feel applies to and describes your relational default. (Please note these are not prescriptive. Do your best to identify the style that best fits you.)

• If you’re married or dating seriously, talk through your findings with your spouse or significant other.

• If you want to go deeper on this exercise, see a therapist or couples counselor.  Check out these additional resources for a list of local therapists and counselors.

EXERCISE 3: EVIL FOR GOOD

• Locate the third section of week 2 in your Genogram Workbook. Read and respond to the following question: What evil things in your life and family history has God used for good? And how?

• Answering and thinking through this question should foster a spirit of gratitude. Take a minute or two to thank God for his ability to heal, transform and deliver.

• Take a little time to read through the story of Joseph from the end of Genesis. Meditate on Genesis 50:19-21.

• If you want to go deeper on this exercise, see a therapist or couples counselor.  Check out these additional resources for a list of local therapists and counselors.

QUICK NOTES

  • You can listen to the podcast again here: PODCAST
  • Watch this video:
  • Be sure to highlight the prompt portions that involve prayer, journaling, etc… this is the meat of these practices and might be the easiest to ignore.
  • Additional resources (sample genogram, digital guide and workbook, relevant reading, list of local counselors, and coping skills), can be found HERE.

Content adapted from practicingtheway.org