Small Group

On Thursday nights Amber and I have been leading a young twentysomethings small group.  This past week was probably one of our best discussions/studies/whatever you want to call it.  It was wonderful to have Brad, our SG pastor, and so many new friends there!  They all really brought a lot to the table!  The lesson was on substitutionary atonement (sa) and it quickly traced the beginnings of it in the Garden to the ultimate sa in Jesus.  What was so great about it was that we kept questioning/exploring things that we would normally take for granted.  Stuff like “What does justice really mean?.”  Wasn’t what Jesus did more than justice?  Something beyond and greater than justice?  We ended up agreeing that grace and mercy is more than justice.  Therefore, Jesus sacrifice cannot simply be categorized as only/just an act of justice, but is much more than that.  Since that night the words of Donald Miller in Searching for God Knows What keep whispering to me, “Christ’s death, again, was not a technicality by which we are covered with grace, but rather a passionate and inconceivable act of kindness and altruism and love stemming from God’s desire to be reunited with His creation.”

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  1. Hey,

    This is pretty random but my group was studying basically the same thing last night!

    For some reason the themes of justice and mercy keep coming up (probably because of my passion for it) and it always stimulates us to go deeper with God because of it.

    This scripture in particular is pretty prominant:

    Amos 5:21-24 (New International Version)

    21 “I hate, I despise your religious feasts;
    I cannot stand your assemblies.

    22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I will not accept them.
    Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, [a]
    I will have no regard for them.

    23 Away with the noise of your songs!
    I will not listen to the music of your harps.

    24 But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream!

    God bless you,
    Steven
    http://www.emergingpastor.com

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