Welcome to the (re)union study guide! Each of these links take you to the video for that week’s session. AND, at the bottom of this page I’ve also listed some Leadership Tips & Tricks to help you get the most out of each session. Enjoy!
LEADERS TIPS & TRICKS
Hi Leaders! Here are a few thoughts to help make this the best experience possible.
1. Please see all questions in this guide more like a menu than a to-do list. In other words, there may be more questions each week than you can or should try to cover, so chose one or two or three from each section. This will also allow for more time for more organic conversation.
2. Each week it will be worthwhile tying your topic into the graphic on page 28 of the study guide. Take note on how this week’s gospel emphasis responds to a particular fundamental human need.
WEEK 1: When studying those Old Testament Scriptures that point to the New Covenant (ii.e., Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Joel 28-29), remind each other that Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of these promises. In Luke 22:20, at the Last Supper, Jesus handed out the cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” That changes everything.
4. Beginning at WEEK 2, and especially by WEEK 3, you can start asking people in your group to share their Study Buddy stories. Invite people to talk about how that is going. For those people who are not participating in the Study Buddy option, you can let them know that the Study Buddy talking points also make a handy session summary for their own review.
5. For WEEK 3 there is a question to skip and a new question to add. First of all, skip question #2 on page 44. (It duplicates with question #2 on page 42.) A great question for this week that isn’t in your notes is, “Brainstorm! How is a good father’s love a beautiful reminder of God’s love. And how is a good mother’s love a beautiful reminder of God’s love. Break into small groups and build your list.”
6. Also for WEEK 3, a terrific Scripture passage is Ephesians 1:4-5. It says, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (NLT). God loved us before he created us, knowing who we would become, and that’s why he called us into existence. Have you ever seen the sci-fi movie “Arrival”? It illustrates this point beautifully.
7. For WEEK 4, remember to highlight how the gospel responds to our fundamental human needs in the graph on p. 28 in the Study Guide. Note that, the topic of our sin – which is often used by some religious preaching to make people feel condemned – rightly understood increases our sense of esteem and value, rather than demolishing it.
8. For the FINAL WEEK, question #4 in the “Hangout” section is a mistake. Don’t try this at home!
9. Also for the FINAL WEEK, we ended our session with a mental experiment. We all closed our eyes and meditated, with this goal… Imagine yourself waking up tomorrow and starting your day with these truths deeply taking deep root inside your soul. Imagine what you feel like, and how you think about your day ahead. Imagine your emotional experience when these truths hit you as being really really true! As you get ready in the morning, as you head out the door, as you move through your day.” And then, taking about a minute for each one, we read through the bullet points under “Living” on pages 93-94, pausing in silence to let our imagination make each one more vivid.
10. LASTLY, remind group participants about the Gospel Cheat Sheet, available in the resources section of this web site. Print them off and hand them out if possible. Challenge Christians in the group to do the personal work of regularly reminding themselves of the basics of this message so that eventually these truths start to come to mind naturally in conversation.
I hope this helps. Please be in touch if I can help – via social media or at email@example.com.
More Power To Ya!