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“An interrupting hope is a disrupting desire for existential change that is generated and sustained in a community of reliable others that names difficulties, envisions new possibilities and inspires work toward transformation of self and other.” Gregory Ellison II Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men (chapter 4)
Cited in Pastor Callahan's sermon "Liberating Hope" Romans 8:12-25 on Sunday, July 20, 2014
Church Wide Small Group Bible Study
Sermon Series: Freedom Summer
This Week's Lesson: Choosing Sides
Weekly Scripture Reading: Monday, August 25 - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Monday: Exodus 1
Tuesday: Deuteronomy 30:11-20
Wednesday: Psalm 124
Thursday: Isaiah 51:1-6
Friday: Matthew 16:13-20
Saturday: Romans 12:1-8
Choices. We are daily faced with the opportunity and responsibility to make choices. There are some choices that alter our future much like the dripping water on the stone, shaping and forming the contour of our lives over time. And then there are choices that seem to change the trajectory of our lives, our communities, our worlds in an instant… choices that are life affirming and sometimes those that are death dealing. Freedom, God inspired freedom, is made and shaped and determined by the choices we make, by the yeses we give ourselves to, by the work that we cause our hands take up, by the positions that we refuse to take, and by the cries we decide to answer or ignore. Freedom. Our freedom, all freedom is made up of choices. The scripture readings and questions this week are designed to help us think about the choices we are making and the ways those choices are either supporting our commitment to freedom (ours and others as well) or undermining it.
1.Are there any circumstances under which you find making decisions difficult?
2. As you reflect on this past week (in your personal life, as it relates to the crisis in Ferguson, MO, as you look around at what is happening in our city, our communities, our congregation) what life affirming, freedom supporting choices do you sense God is asking you to make?