Wisdom in the Community (May 2021)

WISDOM IN THE COMMUNITY GROUPS: AND REFLECTION IF ON YOUR OWN

 

 


Wednesday 26th May 2021

WISDOM GROUPS: John 3: 1-8

1 What word or phrase stands out for you from this short reading?

2 What images would you use to illustrate this reading?

3 I wonder if you ever use Night time as the place for sorting things out?..why might that be and how helpful do you find it?

4 What might be the significance of Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night?

5 Have a go at rerunning the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus...you might do this in pairs or play it through in your head. What was the conversation really about?

6 What does it mean to you to be born anew, I wonder? What is your experience ?

 


Wednesday 19th May 2021

 

WISDOM GROUPS: 
Reading : John 15: 26-27

1 What word or phrase stands out for you from this short reading?

2 What image does the word Advocate bring to mind?
This word literally means one who adds their voice to the voice of another or speaks on their behalf.

3 How do you feel at the thought that Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to you?
What difference does it make to think of ourselves as having personally been given the gift of the Spirit?

4 The Spirit reveals truth; about God, about Jesus, about the world, and about ourselves. (See John 16:8-11)
Which of these truths are we most aware of and how does that make a difference in our lives?

5 The Spirit’s role is to testify, and we are called to testify too.
How do we testify to Jesus? How might adding our voice to those of others be part of this?

When Jesus speaks to the disciples about being with him from the beginning he is almost certainly talking about his own earthly ministry.  But is there a sense in which Jesus is with us from the beginning?  Can we recognise our faith as having a beginning or was there a beginning to our sense that Jesus was with us?

 


Wednesday 12th May 2021

 

WISDOM GROUPS: ASCENSION TIME
Readings : John 17: 6-19 and Acts 1: 1-11

1.I wonder what word or phrase sticks out for you as you read these texts?

2.As you read the gospel reading what insights or thoughts do you have about the conversation Jesus has with God the Father? What feeling and emotions come though?

3.Can you imagine having such an honest and heartfelt conversation with God? You might have had such conversations at points in your life when you have set out on a new direction: move home, job, retirement, medical treatment.

4.When we have to leave things behind and do or go somewhere new how does that feel….those things we leave, what is our prayer and hope.

5.Do you see this reading as the “end of Jesus’ life” conversation or the start of something new?: how might this help us in this present time?
Background notes;

This John reading has often been called The priestly prayer of Jesus. Throughout the Gospels we often see Jesus at prayer but rarely hear his words. So here we encounter Jesus praying to his Father for the disciples. He asks 4 things of God the Father for his disciples :
1.Unity….that they should be one
2.Joy
3.Protection
4.That they should be able to fulfil their mission

 


Wednesday 5th May 2021

WISDOM GROUPS: We will be reflecting on this reading:
Gospel John 15: 9–17

I wonder?.....
1.What sentence are you drawn to?  And I wonder why?

2.What examples can you give that show that we are following this?  What I command you is to love one another. : as individuals, as a church community, as a society.

3.What makes it difficult to live out this command?

4.What might a society or community look like if this command was at its heart?

5.What are the challenges of this command in Christian Aid week?

6.How do we look to the future rather than the past?...How would that shape us?

 

BACKGROUND thoughts and notes
This reading is part of Jesus’s farewell discourse and is said to be patterned on that of Moses in Deuteronomy.  Both Moses and Jesus look to the future rather than the past as they say farewell. Moses stresses the importance of keeping the commandments while Jesus speaks of a new and unique commandment, to love one another as we have been loved by him.  ‘Remain in my love’
‘You are my friends’ :
There was a custom practised at the courts of the Roman Emperors and of Kings in the Middle East, where a very select group were called the ‘friends of the king’ or ‘friends of the emperor’.
They had access to the king at all times, even to his bedchamber early in the day.  He talked to them before he talked to his generals, his rulers and his statesmen, and they had a close and intimate relationship with him. This is the relationship Jesus offers his disciples and us.
‘‘You did not choose me, no, I chose you’
This phrase is key to the passage. Jesus tells his disciples that the initiative came from him.  He loved them first, ‘laying down his life’ for them, setting a perfect example of love.  He called them to an intimate partnership with him.
‘The Father will give you anything you ask him in my name’ :
Having elevated them to ‘friends’, Jesus sends his disciples out as his ambassadors, with a reminder of the fruit-bearing vine.  The success of their mission depends on their relationship of love with one another, and with God