Back to the basic
intro (read aloud before the discussion)
It is easy to get distracted from what Christianity is all about, and often we can even make Christianity into something that it’s not. Let’s get back to what it has always been about: a relationship with Jesus. Lets get Back to the Basic!
SERMON DISCUSSION (Use as a guide for dialogue, let God lead, and read the verses aloud)
1. If you were talking to someone who had never heard of the Christian faith, how would you briefly describe it to them?
2. Read Luke 10:38-39. Luke, the author of this biography, is communicating that Mary gets it. She understands what Christianity is. What do we see in this story and what can we learn from Mary?
3. Read Luke 10:40. The word “distracted” literally means “to be pulled away from center”. What is distracting you from the center, the basic, Jesus? Distractions can be things that are essentially good, too!
4. Notice how Martha, in her distraction, becomes demanding and bossy. What happens to you and how do you treat others when you get distracted from the main thing?
5. Read Luke 10:41-42. Even though Martha is upset, Jesus is not upset with her. He is calling her home. Back to the Basic! How are you being called back to the Basic?
MINISTRY TIME (Invite the Spirit of God to come – “Come Holy Spirit”)
Share with your group what stood out to you most during the discussion and ask for prayer about that distraction, issue, or idea.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION (This is a weekly practice as we seek to become more like Jesus)
Morning prayer has been practiced by Christians since the inception of the Christian faith. First century Christians begin to connect with Jesus in the morning and therefore declared that the entire day is His. This week, carve out 10 to 20 minutes every morning and engage in possibly the first rhythm or practice of the early church: morning prayer.
daily reading (Tune into the daily “Together On Mission” podcast here and let’s start every day with Jesus)
Luke 1 | Psalm 12
Luke 2 Psalm 13
Luke 3 | Psalm 14
Luke 4 | Psalm 15
Luke 5 Psalm 16
Catch up on daily reading or choose a passage, any passage and enjoy
Tune in for Week 2 – “Back to the Basic”