2.3.19 - Become (Kenny Camacho)
Hosea 2; Philippians 1; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Perhaps one of the most exciting promises in all of Scripture is that God isn’t done with us yet. Over and over again, God tells the story of how he is preparing a people for Himself. In the Book of Hosea, God uses the story of an unfaithful spouse pursued by her husband in order to remind the Jewish people of His own undying--and unyielding--love for them. In the letters of the New Testament, the leaders of the early church remind congregations over and over that, no matter how bleak things might seem, God has promised to complete the work He has begun in the world, and He will be faithful to His plans for the church. As we imagine what it might mean for us to be a church where Belonging, Believing, and Becoming are central to our ministry, we want to keep those promises--and God’s faithfulness--in front of us. Who is God transforming us into? What hopes might we have for ourselves? And what hopes for “becoming” might we have for our city, if we take God’s promises more seriously?
Do you see your own life on a “trajectory”? Where have you come from, and where do you seem to be going?
If you are a follower of Jesus, what journey do you seem to be on, personally? How has God “transformed” you, and what hopes do you have about the future?
What do you believe God wants for you? For our church? For our city? Why do you believe that?
Are there things that make you anxious about the idea that God is leading us into “becoming” something/someone else? What are those fears? What are they rooted in?
What is one area of your life where you long to see growth this year? How can we support each other as we pray for and work towards that growth?