Welcome to our first group discussion of the new bible study James, Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore. If you’ve been reading along with us, then you have finished reading week one and listened to audio or video session one. Beth starts this study with a “BAM” as she walked us through the natural family, spiritual family and resurrected family in the audio session. She introduces us to to the concept of a growing family through Christ.
We are reminded that James, the brother of Jesus, was an unbeliever and even mocked his brother for embarrassing the family with his teaching. Imagine the grief and shame James felt when his own flesh was crucified after James instructed him “go out and show yourself to the world.” We learn from Beth that “Jesus appeared to those who needed to see him most.”
Knowing this….look back in your life and think about the times Jesus appeared to you or a family member. Pause and think of the times you felt his presence, leaned on him and knew without a doubt- Jesus was there.
During this week Beth Moore set the background for the story of James. We learned about his relationship with his family, with Jesus and with the disciples. On day three she calls him “The Lord’ Brother” and it’s a powerful image. We filled out a timeline on page 24 of the workbook, detailing the events leading up to James story. My mind wants so badly to ask “what’s it like living day to day with Jesus as your brother?” I wondered why these fabulous details were excluded from scripture…then realized….WE are living day to day with Jesus as our brother. We are his living family. If scripture had detailed the boyhood of these two brothers we might have missed out on seeing the better things. It’s the story of a mature man and not the immature youth. The story begins with Jesus.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Jesus appeared to those who needed to see him. Beth Moore
- Jesus radically restructured the idea of family. Beth Moore
- Entitlement caves to the earthquake of grace. Beth Moore
- Many would ultimately live because the One humanity sought would die. Beth Moore
- The people of God often turn on one another rather than rally in unity against the enemy. Beth Moore
- The power of the resurrection means that nothing but the tomb is meant to be empty. Beth Moore
- The power of the resurrection trumps the power of the past if we’re willing to let it.
For Next Week
- Read Week Two in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Three Audio or the Session Three Video (optional)
- Check-in with your small group leader (if you do not know who your group leader is contact us )
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- When was the last time you tried to mix your natural families with your sojourners in Christ? What happened?
- Beth says “the power of the resurrection means that nothing but the tomb is meant to be empty.” What do these words mean to you personally?
- How would you feel if you were Jesus’ and James’ sister, living during this time of his ministry?
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.