July 19, 2020: Speaking of Treatment Protocol
The message that sparked the conversation ... The Jesus Protocol.
Remember when you were a kid and your parents made you go to the dentist? Getting your teeth cleaned isn’t always a pleasant experience, but the alternative much worse. Join us in a discussion about painful treatment plans, new life, and the Sermon on the Mount.
- Think of an experience you have (personal or observed) with a difficult medical treatment (e.g., if felt like the physician was doing you harm but was actually doing you good).
If you were to write a short story about that, what would the title be? Tell us the short story ...
- Have you ever seen a medical treatment go wrong (i.e., it did more harm than good)?
- How have you seen attitudes toward medical authority shift in your lifetime?
- At the end of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, we hear that Jesus was speaking "as one who had authority" (Mat. 7:29). Then we're told, "He took our illnesses and bore our diseases" (Mat 8:17). As you listen to this portion of his treatment plan in Matthew chapter 7, pick a word or phrase that interests or puzzles you, challenges, raises questions, or gets your attention. Why did that word/phrase "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?