Flipped Response - Week Three (Elyria Campus)
Luke 6:21b, 25b
Jesus wants to flip our hearts to value what God values.
When we value what God values, it flips how we respond to the world around us.
How can there be blessing in weeping as a response to the world around us?
- Weeping is an appropriate part of living in a broken
- Mourning is an expression of sorrow and grief that communicates that things are not as they should be.
- Laughter allows us to escape the tension that is caused by all that’s gone wrong. The worst thing we can do is to live as though a real problem doesn’t exist.
- We are invited to weep because we are commanded to love.
Application: Am I quick to mourn over sin and its effects in my life and in the world? Or, am I chasing after temporary safety or happiness that distracts me from my need for Jesus?
- God comforts those who are broken over the brokenness of the world.
- The present blessing is God’s solidarity: God is close to the broken hearted.
- The blessing is grounded in God’s solution: God will put an end to sin and death.
Take Home Truth: There’s blessing in weeping when brokenness drives us to the One who will make things whole again.
LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Lives
- Icebreaker: Are you a movie crier? If yes, what is the last movie that made you cry?
- Looking back over your notes, what is one thing that stuck out to you from the sermon? Why did that stick out?
- What was your initial reaction to Jesus saying “Blessed are you who weep now”?
- What does it mean that “Death is the most unnatural thing in the world?” Do you agree or disagree?
- What are some common ways that people escape the brokenness of the world? Why is this so common in our society?
- What do you usually do when you get a piece of bad news, or hear about something terrible happening in the world? Then, ask yourself: Does it look more like leaning into the brokenness of the world, or like trying to escape the discomfort?
- Read Romans 12:5-9. What does it practically mean to “mourn with those who mourn”?
- In your own words, why is it better to allow your heart to be broken by the sin that breaks God’s heart?
- If you were honest, are you quick to mourn over sin and its effects in your life? Or is there sin and brokenness in your life or in the world that you’ve begun to accept as the norm?