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May 15th, 2022

10:15am I Facebook Live & Zoom

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Title

The Understanding is in the Doing

Worship Lyrics

Text

Mark 4: 21-25 (NET)

Introduction

In our teaching group this week Laura shared a story that rings true on so many levels, whether you have kids or not. Her son came to her dramatically complaining of his intense hunger, “I’m soooooo hungry mama!” Being the good and loving parent she is, Laura immediately started offering a remedy. “How about a peach?” No was the answer. “How about peanut butter?” Again, rejection, “How about some yogurt?” Not buying it. And this went on and on, the growing declarations of imminent starvation in the face of abundant food offerings. 

I have a huge hunch we do this all the time with God. We flail about asking for revelation, direction, comfort, deliverance and God stands ready with an abundance of help, answers, tangible responses yet we, like the hangry kids we all are, turn our noses up at what is offered. Most of the time we don’t even know why we do this. 

This week’s parable may hit a little too close to home for all of us. 
 

Grace and peace y’all, 

John Ray and the teaching team
 

The Big Idea: 

“Light” is given to us for the benefit of all. True understanding comes from obedience. Enlightenment without action is toxic.

Take Away: 

We all have more “truth” than we know what to do with. So often our addiction to more information, among other things,  keeps us from acting on what we already know.

How does this fit with "Belong, Become, Believe"? 

At Grace, we seek to practice hospitality from the core of our invitation to belong that God gives us, from the realization what has been given to us is not for just us. This practice helps form us more and more into the image of Jesus. These practices form and inform what we declare that we believe.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

  • When you think about what you know, know about God, about yourself, about life, do you think you know enough? Enough to live faithfully and honestly, generously and lovingly? 

  • What keeps you from acting on what you know?

  • Have you ever considered the idea that you might be given something just for the sake of others, that it might not be of any immediate benefit to you?

 

What's Next?

Mark 4:26-29 and the parable of the seed

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