Group Plan - Trajectory

Message Text: Hebrews 11:39-40
Message Theme: God isn't behind the times. God is ahead of us. God is pulling us forward a click at a time. The new heavens and the new earth aren't far from us now.

Group Discussion Questions

  1. Who is your favorite character in the Bible?
  2. Read Hebrews 11:39-12:3.
    Imagine your favorite character keeping an eye on your life with hopes that you will be a part of perfecting their story?
    Is that a new thought?
    How does that make you feel?
  3. In what ways are we helping the story move toward its conclusion?
    How does God continue to use us in the story he is writing?
    Do you feel important in the larger scope of things?
    Why or why not?
  4. Collin shared the image of finding a lost Shakespeare play with a missing 5th act.
    How is that image helpful to consider how we use Scripture to help us improvise Act 5?
    What are the implications of such a thought?
  5. One of the central questions in the sermon was this: Is the best future a return to an era we tend to view as “ideal” or is our best future actually in the future?
    How would you answer that?
    How does Scripture answer that question?
  6. How can our tendency to see the past through “rose-colored glasses” result in our not recognizing the real problems or failings of the followers of Jesus in New Testament times?
    (Reference the church in Corinth according to what we know of them from Paul’s letters.)
  7. Historically, the Civil War was a time of division in our country.
    There were people who looked at slavery differently and defended each of their positions with Scripture.
    Today, we assume that the abolition of slavery was the right outcome.
    How do we square the Bible's teaching with that modern day position?
    Did the sermon give you any new ideas about how to do that?
    What is your takeaway from the sermon on this?
  8. What are the implications of the "trajectory" reading of the Bible?
    How do we read Scripture in order to determine the proper answers on modern questions?
    How does the slavery issue cause us to rethink our current assumptions?