Sermon Discussion Guide

Small Group Discussion Guide

June 6, 2021

The Church as Family

Heritage’s vision statement is “experiencing the presence of God and the power of family.”

1. From your experience (positive and negative) how would you define the power of family?

2. Read Luke 9:59-62.

“And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say goodbye to those at my home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fitting for the kingdom of God.”

When Jesus tells his disciple to let the dead bury the dead, do you think he lacked compassion for the disciple or his family? Why? Why not?

3. The Mediterranean culture that Jesus ministered into was a group-first culture. How is that different than our culture? What are the pros and cons of each?

4. How can you will you respond to the message and help promote a more robust family culture at Heritage?