REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1. Andy Crouch defines power as the capacity for meaningful action. What are the ways you’ve seen this power distorted… and what are the ways you’ve seen it lead to change?

2. We’re all tempted to weaponize our power – to turn our words and actions into tools of dehumanizing and misrepresenting those who think, act, and vote differently. How can we stand firm in our convictions without turning to these love-less impulses?

3. From the beginning the cross of Jesus – that Paul calls the power of God (1 Cor. 1:18) – has given Christians both the source and model of it’s commitment to non-violent resistance and love for our enemies. How does the cross empower us for gentle, humble, strength?

4. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us that as a community, we should be prepared to give an answer for our hope that is visible to the world. How might a community – our community – put our hope on display?

COMMUNITY PRACTICE

Loving Our Enemies. Meekness forces us to confront how we see and interact with those who don’t act, think, look, and vote like us. This week, our focus is on enemy love. First, read this sermon from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1957 called “Loving Your Enemies.” Second, reflect on who your enemy or enemies are – the people who stand on the other side of the dividing line. This week, make a point to pray for them every day, just as Jesus calls us to do in Matthew 5:43-48. 

OTHER RESOURCES

You Version Bible App – online Bible and tons of reading plans
The Bible Project – videos, podcasts, and resources that help you understand and study the Bible
Daily Prayer App – a resource to guide your daily Scripture and prayer
Storied Narrative Lectionary – videos designed to help immerse you in the big story of the Bible
Prayer Course – an amazing free resource that helps you learn what prayer is – and how to do it

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