No Man's Land: Grace & Truth
Dr. Shane Wood continues in our series, No Man’s Land. There is a space in our culture that most of us are not comfortable living in: the space of openness and discussion about sensitive topics. Our culture has no idea how to heal the division that exists, yet the Church should be the model and example of this.
These questions are meant to challenge you in each of our Four Commitments: PRAY, SPEAK, GROW, LOVE. Use these questions to further explore the message.
Love — In order to love others, we must attempt to gain their perspective (to see the world through their eyes) and offer our perspective to them (to see the world through our eyes). Think of two events in your life: one where you showed love and one where love was shown to you. Share these stories with someone else and ask them this simple question: "What do you see in these events?"
Grow — The best way to grow in our perspectives is to practice. Practice seeing the world through the eyes of another. Think of an issue you feel strongly about. Do you know people who disagree with you on this issue? Find them and invite them to a monologue, where they speak their heart on the issue and you commit to merely listen. Offer no opinions. Simply try and see the issue through their eyes.
Speak — Jesus offered an invitation of grace to Matthew by simply uttering these words: "Follow me." In what areas of your life is Jesus speaking the same words to you? Will you speak your story of conversion (or transformation) like Matthew to someone this week?
Pray _ Throughout Scripture, the Bible offers challenges with this proverbial conclusion: "Whoever has ears to hear and eyes to see, let them see." This week, pray that God will give you the ears to listen to those around you more attentively, and give you eyes to see the people around more clearly.
FAITH & CULTURE NIGHT
6:30 PM, Sunday, May 19, Chapel
THIS Sunday, May 19, Brian Jennings will be preaching at College Heights on Sunday morning. That evening, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Chapel we will talk extensively about his book, Dancing in No Man’s Land: Moving with Peace and Truth in a Hostile World. This will be followed by a time of Q & A with Brian.
We’d like to think of the sub-title of this Faith and Culture Night as “All of the conversations we tell you not to have on Facebook.”
(If you can’t have them there, where can you?)
And we believe we, the followers of Jesus, must lead out in our culture on what it means to live life in No Man’s Land.
Because that is what Jesus did.