This week we focus on Wisdom, Discipline, and Guidance.
- Wisdom, discipline, and guidance seem like "churchy" words. Or do you think of school? Or child-rearing? Or work? In your own words, what would you say about what these actually mean on the "ground" of your own day-to-day living as a Christian? Do more evocative terms come to mind?
- How do we know that our decisions are wise? That we've received real guidance? Does a story come to mind that illustrates this? How do you need to carry these questions into what you see happening for this week?
- In Mark, Jesus says to take up our cross. What does it look like to do this? And what might this not mean?
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Jesus had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love."
- Brennan Manning
"I am an average Good Christian, when you don't push my Christianity too far. And all the rest of you — which is a great comfort — are, in this respect, much the same as I."
- Wilkie Collins
Proverbs 1:20-33 - James 3:1-12 - Psalms 19 - Mark 8:27-38
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