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Jesus in the Burbs…

by Lon on October 27, 2008

This is a massive topic that I believe we were only scratching the surface on at our last gathering.

Some further questions and reflections

What are some attributes that come to mind when you think of the suburbs?

What are some of the idols in the suburbs?

Reflect on the following terms as it relates to the suburbs
- Families.A? Affluence.A? Cookie cutter houses.A? Independence.A? Waste.A? Avoidance of interruptions.A? Fragmentation.

Reflect on injustices that you’re aware of in our world.

Reflect on Luke 16:19-31

Why is there a separation between the nameless rich man and Lazarus?

Note how that in this scene no one is in heaven or hell due to doctrine or belief statements

Could it be that the ‘gate’ that the rich man put up, created an unreachable ‘chasm’ within his own heart?

Could it be that the rich man needed Lazarus just as much as Lazarus needed the rich man?

Note how the rich man continues to argue with Abraham and speaks of Lazarus in the third person telling him what he should do?A? Why might his attitude in such torment be like this?

Suburbanism is also invading the suburbs.A? Do some research on the term gentriciation and it’s implications.

What would it look like for the Kingdom of God to manifest in the suburbs?

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Could we be rich fools?

by Lon on August 5, 2008

Here are the slides with the passage and images from the message this past sunday if you missed it or wanted some recall.

What do you think?

I’m not saying we all need to be poor.A? The opposite of greed is not poverty, but generosity.

How might you be intentional and strategic about living a life of generosity and not greed or selfishness?

What would it look like to not plan your life towards independence, and not needing one another, or God himself, but planning on a life of generosity that needs inter-dependence & community in return?

There’s a quote by bono i believe in the song a beautiful day that goes along the lines of – what you don’t have already, you don’t need now’.A? Could there be some truth in that?

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