WK 8 – Chapters 16-18 Discussion Questions 1. How does abuse affect some individuals’ ability to abide in community? 2. What is dissociative behavior and why is it important to be aware of this issue in the church? 3. How does spiritual abuse impact a person’s ability to trust the church or church leaders? 4. What should be done to help build trust with individuals who have experienced spiritual abuse? 5. Explain how Jesus went to the cross to identify with the sinned-against. 6. What are some powerful ways social media builds strong Christian community connections? 7. What are some key limitations of social media in building strong Christian communities. 8. What are some positive ways you use social media to build meaningful, healthy, Christian community? 9. What is the most challenging aspect of community for you? 10. What is the most exciting or hopeful aspect of community for you? 11. What are the biggest take-aways from reading this book? 12. How has this book helped you grow in your understanding of the importance of community and the church?
WK 7 – Chapters 15 Discussion Questions 1. Why is it important for churches to have a biblical theology of community 2. What are some ways the church can facilitate biblical community? 3. Why is it important for people to give up on the myth of the perfect church 4. Discuss the difference between knowing the truth and living the truth in community. 5. What are some ways your church can facilitate healthy Christian community 6. Spend some time meditating on how much of your scripture reading and devotional life is focused on individual versus community concerns. 7. What is God saying to you? Actually write down what you hear the Spirit of God telling you.
WK 6 – Chapters 13-14 Discussion Questions 1. What are the ways Jesus ministered through community? 2. Why did Jesus send out the disciples in pairs? 3. How did Jesus share ministry with the Father and the Holy Spirit? 4. What some ways the early church ministered through community? 5. Explain Barnabas’ role in launching Paul’s ministry? 6. Explain how the Scripture was formed through community and relational accountability? 7. What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of modern day Christian communication (publishing/ social/ media/ conferences)?
WK 5 – Chapters 11-12 Discussion Questions 1. What is the Moses model of ministry? 2. Why might the Moses model of ministry not be helpful in identifying the mission, vision and values of a church or ministry? 3. What are some reason leaders are protective of the mission, vision and values of the church they serve? 4. What do you think is the healthiest way to discern the mission, vision and values of the church? 5. What are some ways Jesus discipled in and through community? 6. What are some of the community implications of Pentecost and the work of the Spirit in the church? 7. Why do think many people are willing to call Jesus their savior, but reluctant to serve him within the church? 8. Discuss discipleship a a product of daily living versus discipleship through church programs?