June 07, 2020: Speaking of Newbies
The message that sparked the conversation ... An Undeserved Salute.
We’ve all been there: first day at a new job, youngest one on the team, the person in the room with the least experience. It doesn’t feel good to be a newbie, but that’s where we all start. Join us in a conversation about “learning the ropes“, open doors, and Matthew chapter 5.
- Tell us about an early experience of being employed ...
- Do you have a vivid memory of what it was like to be a "newbie" (whether in a job or some other activity)?
- Was there someone who graciously "showed you the ropes," who familiarized you with that occupation or activity?
- We had been walking through the Book of Exodus, and left off at Exodus 20, when God was sitting on the mountain and graciously showing the ropes to his people in their new calling as "a kingdom of priests" for the sake of "all the earth" (see Exodus 19:5-6). Jesus did the same thing when he "sat on the mountain" and familiarized his followers with their vocation as "salt" for the earth and "light" for the world in Matthew 5. As you listen to Jesus' words, what was one word or phrase that got your attention? Why did that get you?
- What do you get to know more deeply about Jesus through hearing this?
- How is this good news for you?
- Reflecting on this, what do you want to say to people in your household, church, or neighborhood?