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Week 1

09/12/21
Weekend message

THE REFRAMING STORY

Every day we are bombarded with the noise, demands and culture of this world. Our response as Christians is either to isolate or assimilate. What if there was another way? Following the way of Jesus allows us to walk in the tension between isolation and assimilation. God’s word says that “we are to be in the world, but not of the world”. In this first episode we explore this in our own lives and how we interact with those around us.

Discussion Questions

  1. How have the advancements in technology, society and culture made your life easier? How have they made life more complex?

  2. The speaker said that “Jesus came to save and redeem the whole world”.
    • What does that mean?
    • How is it relevant to all the different areas of my life?
    • How do I compartmentalize my faith?

  3. What is one thing you can do to bring your faith in Jesus into an area of your life that He rarely shows up?

Challenge

Put into practice your answer to question number three and plan to tell the group what it is and how it is going.

Reframe Video

QUESTIONS As you watch:

  1. What stands out to you from this first episode? (i.e., What is challenging?     Encouraging?)

  2. Where do you tend to compartmentalize your faith in your own life? 

  3. The Emmaus Road was talked about in Episode One. If you were one of the     disciples on the road with Jesus, what would Jesus have said to you? Where are you in your journey with Jesus?

Story Video for the week
Story Video

Week 2

09/19/21
Weekend message

CULTURAL STORIES

Who am I? How does my faith in Jesus affect how I answer that question? How does our culture shape our response to this question of identity? Is there a conflict? As Christians, the story of Scripture and the person of Jesus shape the whole of who we are. And yet we often experience tension with our culture, which provides alternate answers to this question. We are told we must choose who we want to be, rather than receive our identity as a gift given by God. This session discusses some of the ways our culture shapes us, and why this so often leads to a crisis of identity. 

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the cultural messages that try to shape who we are? What does culture tell us makes a happy and full life?

  2. Where do you feel cultural pressures in your life? Where do I find it most difficult to integrate my faith with my world? Where is that public/private tension in your life?

  3. What activities help you, or could help you, remember that your identity is rooted in Christ? How is Jesus Redeemer in every aspect of my life? What is the whole of who I am? Do I know where I am located in the Story of Jesus?

Challenge

We’re surrounded by cultural messages that are trying to shape our identity (e.g. advertising, movies, workplaces). These messages have an underlying story about what it means to be a person—defined by what you do, or have, or feel. Part of connecting faith to all of life involves being aware of the patterns of the world around us, and in our own lives.
Next time, bring an example of something in your week that represents a cultural story about identity— positive or negative. This could be an advertisement, article, song, product, place, conversation or experience you had. Take a photo, bookmark a website, write down an idea, or bring something to share next time.

Reframe Video

As you watch:

  1. What has God been saying to me through this episode (e.g. encouragement, challenge)?

  2. What was significant or new? What questions did it raise?  

Story Video for the week

Week 3

09/26/21
Weekend message

Creation & Fall

This episode is designed to bring the Biblical narrative into focus when we think about our daily lives. It helps you to see that God is redeeming a fallen, broken, yet sacred world. It also helps you to see or at least question how you can partner with God in this redemption in your daily life.

Discussion Questions

  1. What do Genesis 1 and 2 tell us about who we are and God’s purposes for creation? What does the fall mean for God’s original purposes?

  2. How could remembering the beginning of the biblical story change how we think about our vocations and our culture?

  3. How could you partner with God in your workplace, in your home, and in your community to glorify Him in your daily life?

Challenge

God cares about what you do on a daily basis. He wants to redeem the world and he wants to partner with you in doing just that. Look for opportunities to identify God’s purpose for you this week in your workplace, your home, and in your community. Bring 2-3 examples to share with your group next week. 

Reframe Video

As you watch:

  1. What has God been speaking to me through this episode?

  2. What in this episode has caused me to rethink how I have been living my normal everyday life? What do I need to change in my life?

Story Video for the week

Week 4

10/03/21
Weekend message

israel's calling

This session focuses on God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel and how Israel’s story is part of our family history as Christians. The story of Israel helps us see how our faith makes a difference in a complex and messy world. We learn that God calls ordinary people to trust him and blesses them so they might be a blessing to others. God is with us in our failures and our faithfulness, and he continues to work through us to redeem this broken world. 

God uses ordinary people,  living their everyday ordinary lives for Him, to do extraordinary things in this world. This is our great Author’s theme from day one.

Discussion Questions

  1. What was God’s purpose in calling Israel? How did God work in the life of Israel and ordinary people?

  2. Can you think of situations or areas of life that seem impossible to redeem? What are they? How can we as Christians be involved?

  3. What complex situations have you experienced? How can you apply the story of God’s relationship with Israel in these situations?

Challenge

Think about your everyday life, particularly an area that might not seem to “fit” in a spiritual category. Maybe this is your job, a relationship with someone, running errands or paying bills. It can be anything. Write down these areas during the next week. Look for God’s story in that particular area of your life and ask Him to show you how He is working in it. Look for ways you can use this area as a blessing to others around you.

Reframe Video

As you watch:

  1. What has God been saying to me through this episode (e.g.encouragement, challenge)?

  2. What was significant or new? What questions did it raise?

Story Video for the week

Week 5

10/10/21
Weekend message

Jesus the king

This episode focuses on Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord which gives meaning to all of life, including our ordinary day to day activities.  Following Jesus is much more than personal salvation; it is an invitation to participate in loving your neighbor and beyond to see our world be restored.

Discussion Questions

  1. When you think about Jesus being part of your day to day activities, which is a part of the larger story of scripture, how does it change the way you think about Him?

  2. How does Jesus reveal to us what it means to be human and what it means to be holy?

  3. As humans, why is it important to recognize Jesus as both Savior and Lord in our lives?

Challenge

Ask God to provide an opportunity this week to connect with someone in your neighborhood or in the city, that you currently do not know or know well.  As you listen to this person, ask God how you can build an on-going relationship with them. Share who this person is and one way you want to connect with them in your next group.

Reframe Video

As you watch:

  1. After watching this episode how do you see your story of redemption being     connected to the larger story of scripture?

  2. Do you see your life as holy? Write in your journal how you see your life as being holy in the midst of an unredeemed culture/world.

  3. How has God renewed the vision for your life, seeing yourself as fully human with     respect to Jesus as Lord and Savior?

Story Video for the week

Week 6

10/17/21
Weekend message

New Heavens & New earth

We often talk about the eternal life that is available because of what Jesus did on the cross, but what does this really mean? We often have a misperception that heaven is completely separate from earth, yet the resurrection points to the promise of a “cosmic shalom”, the complete transformation and renewal of all of creation.This session helps explain heaven and illustrates how the physical resurrection of Jesus is our first glimpse of what heaven will be like. As followers of Jesus we are already citizens of heaven, and when we change our thinking about the world we live in to reflect this reality, it can have a profound impact on how we live out the story of Scripture in our everyday lives.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are some of the ways you have heard heaven described? How do these pictures compare with Christ’s resurrection and the promise of our own resurrection as well as the renewal of all of creation?

  2. Was there anything from the session that was new, significant, or raised questions for you, related to your understanding of heaven?

  3. When you see the brokenness of the world around us, do you find yourself feeling hopeless (this will never change)? If so, how might the promise of the new heavens and the new earth make a difference in how you approach the brokenness you see?

Challenge

What we believe about the future can have a significant impact on what we do today. If you approached every day with the mindset that someday the people you know will either be with you, living a very real life in heaven, or will be spending eternity separate from you, God, and everything that exists, what would change about you and how you interact with those people?

Reframe Video

As you watch:

  1. What has God been saying to me through this episode (e.g. new revelation, encouragement, challenge)?

  2. If you lived each day with a focus of bringing the life of God to every person you met and interacted with, what would be different about you?

Story Video for the week

Week 7

10/24/21
Weekend message

The church & the spirit

How do we enter into the story? In this final session about the Scriptural story we see how God gives the Holy Spirit to empower the church at Pentecost. It is not enough to simply know the story; we must also live the story. The Holy Spirit empowers us to participate in the story and God’s work of redemption in the world.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Pentecost significant for the early church? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the early church and today?

  2. What is your experience of the Holy Spirit? How vital is life in the Spirit for living the Christian life?

  3. When have you felt you went from being a spectator to being a participant-from just knowing about the Biblical story to being “pulled through the frame”?

Challenge

Light 2 candles, one large & one tea light, or smaller.

The large candle represents the Holy Spirit, the light and life that sustains each of us in our faith. The Spirit empowers and sends us to carry God’s light into the world. The tea candle represents your call to be a light—to bring truth and light to the world around you. As your candle is lit, notice that the flame from the large candle is not diminished, rather the light increases.

Share with one another where you want to experience more of the Holy Spirit in your life. Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill the group and send you into the world as faithful bearers of God’s light.

Before the next session, pray each morning for the Holy Spirit to use you as a light to the world in ordinary, practical ways. Then, at the end of the day, pray for God to show you how the Spirit used you as a light. Record what the Spirit reveals to you in your guide or personal journal.

Reframe Video

As you watch:

  1. What has God been saying to me through this episode (e.g. encouragement, challenge)?

  2. What was significant or new? What questions did it raise?

Story Video for the week

Week 8

10/31/21
Weekend message

Strangers & Exiles

How do we live out this story? How do we engage the world around us? In this session, we explore how God calls all Christians to live as ambassadors. Rather than simply assimilating or withdrawing from culture we participate in God’s mission to witness to and redeem culture.

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you have a tendency to withdraw from culture or assimilate and be shaped by culture?

  2. What are the similarities and differences between the exile we experience and the exile Daniel and the Israelites experienced? What can we learn from Daniel about engaging culture?

  3. How are you living as an ambassador for God outside of the church? Explain.

Challenge

God works through our vocations in the world. Think of a place where God has placed you as an ambassador, a place you know and spend time in regularly (perhaps the place you prayed for in Session 6). Before the next session, ask God to open your eyes as you go into this place or community:

What is good in this place that I can celebrate and cultivate?
What brokenness in this place grieves me?
How can I help to bring more of God’s light and love—God’s shalom?
Who do I need to work with to do this?

Write down what you observe and pray over it before the next session.

Reframe Video

As you watch:

  1. What has God been saying to me through this episode (e.g. encouragement, challenge)?

  2. What was significant or new? What questions did it raise?

Story Video for the week

Week 9

11/07/21
Weekend message

ambassadors

Our new identity as followers of Jesus, is to live as Christ’s ambassadors in a culture/world that is waiting to be redeemed. This brings an understanding of how everything in our everyday lives is united under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you see yourself as an Ambassador of Jesus in your day to day activities? How?

  2. In your life, how can you reframe a sense of purpose and intent which allows the light of Jesus to flow through you toward other people?

  3. The story of George (teacher) in the video was a purposeful reframing so that his life would reflect the larger story of God.  How do you see something similar in your life within your daily activities?

Challenge

What ideas do you have for practical changes that could bring about more of God’s presence and human flourishing in the communities you are a part of? How can you demonstrate the love and kindness of Jesus in your communities? What changes could you advocate for at a public, corporate or institutional level?

Reframe Video

As you watch:

  1. Do you see yourself as one of Christ’s ambassadors that is sent into the world around you?  How does that play out?

  2. How can you impact those around you in your day to day activities to see everything united under the Lordship of Jesus Christ?

  3. After reading John 5:19, where do you see the Father at work and how can you     participate in what He is doing?

Story Video for the week

Week 10

11/14/21
Weekend message

Joyful living

A reframed understanding of the gospel gives us confidence and joy in the midst of daily life. The good news of Christ in Scripture frees us to live an abundant life of work and rest. This session helps us to see all of our lives as part of this abundant life.

Discussion Questions

  1. What does joy and confidence look like in the midst of the sorrows, heartaches, and disappointments of life-not only yours but of the wider world? In what or Whom do we place our trust and hope?

  2. What is God saying to you, your church, and your community about how you can be an ambassador to the culture around you?

  3. How have you been impacted during ReFrame? What have you adjusted in your life because of the last 10 weeks? What questions are you still wrestling with?

Challenge

What steps is the Holy Spirit nudging you to take as an ambassador for Him? Make space for Him to speak to you. Take time to journal what He is asking of you. Step out in faith with arms locked with God as you partner with Him to transform this world.

Reframe Video

As you watch:

  1. What has God been saying to me through this episode (e.g. encouragement, challenge)?

  2. What is God saying to you about how you can be an ambassador to the culture around you?

  3. What steps can you take to be intentional to step out in faith where God is leading you?

Story Video for the week