(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 16TH – 22ND April 2018)
ICE BREAKER: Dolly Parton once said, ‘Find out who you are then do it on purpose.’ What do you think about this statement?
FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Romans 12:1-8
- READ: Romans 12:1-8. Do you think or believe that you are a product of God creativity? Why or why not?
- How to we discover who we are? Perhaps a place to start is to reflect on what you love doing, or what are you drawn to? Think about this and share it with your group. Affirm each other in your discovery together.
- The next thing to consider is, how do you relate to others and to the world? Are you a deep thinker or a feelings person? Are you an introvert or and extrovert? Discuss with your group.
- READ verses 6-8 again. READ: 1 Cor. 12:7-11. Can you find yourself (broadly speaking) in any one of those groupings? Can you see yourself enjoying and developing the gifts you’ve been given?
- What do you think happens when we deny who we are (refer to verse 3b), or are afraid to explore ourselves and our world, much like one does when travelling – there are exciting things to discover?
- Verse 2 speaks about transformation – in this season of Easter in what ways could you embrace, rediscover or sharpen yourself as one who’s created in the image of God so that someone else’s life is touched and transformed?
- How can the image of a human body that has diverse parts to it teach us a society to live and work together? What creative things could be done to strengthen us a church, particularly in this time of transition within our society?
For further Reflection:
Let it be
that you will ever
turn yourself Godward.
and in confusion,
and in delight,
may your mind
find it’s home and its rest
in the One whose thoughts
are ever stayed on you.
Jan. L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women – A Guide to Prayer for those who walk with God, Pg. 184.
NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.