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Speaking of JESUS

Speaking of JESUS


January 05, 2020: Episode 24 | Speaking of Physical Altercations

The message that sparked the conversation ... Mercy In This Dojo.

Have you ever been in a fist fight? What about wrestling or the martial arts? No matter what your experience level with physical altercations, this podcast gives the topic a whole new twist with the story of Jacob and his sons.

Discussion Questions

  1. Share whether or not you've ever been involved in a physical altercation.

    If yes, tell us a little about that. If no, tell us how you avoided a potentially physical altercation.

  2. What do physical altercations (and their cousin, verbal altercations) tell us about human nature?

  3. Do you have any experience with martial arts? What can you tell us about that?

  4. The life of Jacob recorded in Genesis is marked by altercations. Jacob fights with his brother in the womb (Gen 25:22). His name means "cheater" or "manipulator" (25:26). Later, Jacob has a physical altercation with God and gets the nickname, "God fighter," Isra-el (Gen 32). His sons repeatedly deal with their problems through violence and trickery (Gen 37-50). Through all this, God is revealed as the ultimate Martial Artist--using their evil against them for good (Gen 50:20).
    Listening to Genesis 37, to whom can you relate in the story? How?

  5. What do you get to know more deeply about God through this?

  6. How does this help you frame or re-frame a past or present pressure-point/pain-point in your life?

  7. How is this good news for you?

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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