Track Group | 21.7

Track Group | 21.7

Track Group | 21.7

Hey everyone and welcome to another online Track Group. This week we ‘re continuing to follow along with the “live” Bible Project podcast series that is coming out weekly. We’re 1 behind, which is great because it means there is time to create a little resource to follow along with online. This series will use the Bible Project’s videos and have a few reflection questions to keep you thinking.

Today’s session is based on the episode called “the drama we don’t know.”

For Fun

The Babylon Bee is a Christian news satire website!

There is some very funny stuff on there.

Philippians 2:1-4

 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:14

Do everything without grumbling or arguing

Philippians 4:2-3

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

For Thinking

This week, we’re thinking about what it means for the New Testament letters to have been written into specific pastoral situations.

  • How many texts/DMs do you send a day?
  • Of those messages, how many are about the things you or the other person is going through?

I’m guessing quite a large percentage are. It’s just like in the NT letters. Paul (who wrote a large amount of the letters) often talks about previous letters (like in Corinthians,) reports from others and catching up with people he knows and loves in the churches he’s been to, visited or built.

Do you see what is happening in the verses from Philippians? In Philippi, Paul had heard a report of what was going on. There was grumbling. There was dis-unity in the church.

  • How did Paul seem to respond?
  • Do you think he was right to say what he did?

Paul is highlighting the call of faith to bring people together, to live out of a position of sacrificial love… not just becuase people needed to hear it in 2020! But because it was an immediate issue facing God’s people in that moment.

Phew! Good job we don’t have issues with unity and love in the church today…
Oh.

For me this points to the inspired nature of scripture. That in God’s wisdom we have these letters as part of our Bible today. These half-a-phonecall-conversations end up still being relevant for our teaching and instruction.

For Prayer

Dear God, help us to read your word when it can feel difficult to get started. Thank you that you still want to speak to us today. Help us to listen attentively to where you are moving.

We also pray for the global Church. For where there is dis-unity please bring healing and reconcilliation. We ask that in your name. Amen.

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