Some questions to try out today

We’ll gather in our Sunday Morning Forum at 9am PDT this morning and take up the questions posed by our Forum Member, Wendy:

“Life and peace. Good life. We are invited to access it by freeing ourselves to be open to and led by the Spirit of God to become children of God (Romans 8:14 NRSV). Through our Western lens, to become spirit-focused seems to ignore the real world and to become a child almost seems to be a condescension, but are either of these fears accurate?

“Perhaps the greatest question to ponder is the destiny of a child? Is it to become an adult? Or, according to the Bible, here, is it to become in close relationship with God? Is the child an incomplete adult or is the child an image of one in closest relationship with God in Spirit? Here in Romans, we are invited to become as a child to enter into the Spirit of God. ” from Children of God by Wendy Sanders

  • What images (verbal or otherwise) come to mind when you hear that you are “a child”?
  • “Paul, you are such a child.” Can you imagine Paul’s reaction to that statement? What kind of response might he give?
  • Is it the destiny of a child to “become an adult”? Explain.
  • Is it the destiny of a child enter into “a close relationship with God”? Explain.
  • Have you ever used the word “Abba” in your prayers? If yes, please share what you experienced.

Abba

“You have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8:15-16

A prayer for the week

Abba, Father,
in darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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