Weekly Sermon Questions

Questions for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (June 28, 2020)

Isaiah 2:10-17; Matthew 10:34-42

  1. In Mat 10:34 Jesus says ‘do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth…but a sword’. In other words, one of the purposes of Jesus’s ministry is cause division rather than unity. This is because Jesus embodies the truth of God, and when the truth of God exposes idolatry in people, resistance is inevitably the result. Have you encountered resistance in others to gospel of Jesus? In yourself? How did you respond?
  2. Fr. Jonathan said that we need to treat this ‘great reset’ as an opportunity to be purified from the idols of our nation, of Pittsburgh, and our own past so that we can minister to the people of this city. Name these idols together, and pray together that God would begin to break their power over us.
  3. Fr Jonathan described contemplation as being still before God with a purpose, and he said that only contemplation and renewal in our relationship with the Lord sustains an activism that is Christian. Practice contemplation by meditating on Mat 10:39 together. Everyone should sit quietly and take deep, steady breaths. Have someone read the verse, and together, silently, tell the Lord that you want to give up your hold on life and be filled by him. After two minutes of silence or so, repeat this exercise. Do this for up to 10 minutes. What did you notice about yourself or about the group dynamic during this exercise?