What we're talking about this week
Believing in God is important, but what about God believing in us? Believing that we can actually be the kind of people we were meant to be. People of love, compassion, peace, forgiveness, and hope. People who try to do the right thing all of the time. Who act on the endless opportunities around us every day for good, beauty, and truth. It's easy for us to sometimes get down on ourselves. To feel "not good enough" or feel like we don't have what it takes. But maybe if we had more insight into the culture that Jesus grew up in and some of the radical things he did, we'd understand the faith that God has in all of us.
Questions for Conversation
- "A disciple doesn't just want to know what the rabbi knows. A disciple wants to be like the rabbi and wants to learn to do what the rabbi does." Have you ever thought about Jesus as your rabbi? Would you consider yourself a disciple?
- Different rabbis had different sets of interpretations about how they lived out, and understood, and interpreted the scriptures. Have you ever thought about your faith as being an interpretation? What does that mean for how you live out your faith?
- Jesus chose fishermen as his disciples which mean that they were not the best of the best, they hadn't been studying scriptures all their lives. Someone else had told them they weren't good enough. What message was Jesus sending us by not choosing the best of the best?
- Jesus has faith that you can follow him and that you can be like him. What does it mean to be like Jesus? Can you do it?