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Thank you for stepping out to lead a Reframe Group.  We are anticipating great stories and transformation in your group time over the next 10 weeks together!  We are available to you every step of the way. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.  Below are general instructions for preparing yourself and facilitating your group time.

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Email Amy Droescher at adroescher@discoverlifegate.com

Week 1: The Reframing Story

09/12/21
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Summary

This episode explores how a fragmented and complex world can tempt Christians to either withdraw from or assimilate to the culture around them. However, the true story of Jesus enables Christians to resist these temptations and live integrated and faithful lives.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. If you have members in your group that don’t know each other, take time to introduce yourselves and share something unusual or fun about themselves. If everyone knows each other already, share something surprising people won’t already know.

  2. Read Romans 12: 1-2 together.

  3. Introduce the central topic for this session and invite someone to read Romans 12:1-2.

  4. Watch the video clip provided (above). Spend time discussing the discussion questions (below).

  5. Provide each group participant with a piece of paper. Have them draw a line down the middle of the paper to make two columns. At the top of one column, write “Where we see Jesus” and for the other, “Where we struggle to see Jesus”. Have everyone take a few minutes to write a few things and then share with the group. After everyone has shared, ask everyone to draw a big circle around all the examples. Explain that this is what ReFrame hopes to help Christians do—to see Jesus in all of life.

  6. Discuss the Reframe Challenge for the week (below) and remind your group to come prepared to share the following week.

  7. Pray and close group.

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.

Week 2: Cultural Stories

09.19.21
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Summary

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.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. Start with last week’s challenge and ask your group to share their experiences

  2. Read Romans 12: 1-2 together.

  3. Watch the video clip provided (above). Spend time discussing the discussion questions (below).

  4. Discuss the main themes of the episode together. Don’t feel pressured to cover everything. If conversation is slow to get going, ask a starter question: what was significant, helpful, or confusing for you? What questions did it raise?

    Themes

    • Our identity is founded in Christ.

    • “The question, ‘Who am I?’ gets settled once and for all in the statement, ‘I AM.’ We are, because he is.” –Sarah Williams

    • Key characteristics of our culture contribute to our contemporary identity crisis:

      • Dislocation—Tradition is treated with skepticism, which creates a break with the past. We’re cut off both from our history and from the future.

      • Invention—Individuals have the right to choose who they want to be. We exercise this choice through consumption—buying and selling our identity.

      • Fluidity—Our identities are constantly changing in line with cultural trends and fashions. We constantly ask the question, “Who am I now?”

      • Constraint—Infinite choice at the personal level is held together by conformity at the public level. Our private and public lives are divided, creating a conflict between them

  5. Discuss the Reframe Challenge for the week (below) and remind your group to come prepared to share the following week.

  6. Pray and close group.

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.

Week 3: Creation & Fall

10.03.21
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Summary

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.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. Start with last week’s challenge and ask your group to share their experiences.

  2. Read Romans 12:1-2 together.

  3. Watch the video clip provided (above). Spend time discussing the discussion questions (below).

  4. Ask your group to reflect and then discuss.

  5. Coffee beans provide a tactile reminder of God’s good work of creation. Even though a raw coffee bean is good, you probably would not want to eat it. It requires work—roasting, grinding, and brewing—in order to turn it into coffee. Such work, the work of people like Hugo, echoes God’s original work and is rightly called “good.” Recall those times when you’ve had good coffee with family and friends (or if you don’t like coffee, remember when you’ve shared a good meal), when coffee has been a gift from God for enjoyment or for fostering friendship. The many moments of making and sustaining are part of everyone’s vocation. Think about the times where God’s good work of creation is reflected and continued through your work in the world.

  6. Discuss the Reframe Challenge for the week (below) and remind your group to come prepared to share the following week.

  7. Pray and close group.

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?

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.

Week 4: Israels' Calling

10.17.21
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Summary

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.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. Start with last week’s challenge and ask your group to share their experiences

  2. Read Romans 12:1-2 together.

  3. Watch the video clip provided (above). Spend time discussing the discussion questions (below).

  4. Possible resources to dig further:
    - How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
    - The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative by Christopher J.H. Wright

  5. Discuss the Reframe Challenge for the week (below) and remind your group to come prepared to share the following week.

  6. Pray and close group.

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.

Week 5: Jesus Is King

10.24.21
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Summary

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.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. Start with last week’s challenge and ask your group to share their experiences

  2. Read Romans 12:1-2 together.

  3. Watch the video clips provided (above). Spend time discussing the discussion questions (below).

  4. This week we really have the opportunity to challenge our life groups to step out to love their neighbors in the workplace, neighborhood, grocery store, etc. with a fresh insight.  As a leader you can help them see how their lives matter and fit into the larger scheme of what God is doing around them everyday of their lives.

  5. Discuss the Reframe Challenge for the week (below) and remind your group to come prepared to share the following week.

  6. Pray and close group.

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.

Week 6: New Heavens & New Earth

10.31.21
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Summary

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.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. Start with last week’s challenge and ask your group to share their experiences

  2. Read Romans 12:1-2 together.

  3. Before watching the videos together, ask your group members to spend a few minutes writing down what comes to mind when they think of heaven.

  4. Next, have group members share what they wrote with one another.

  5. After watching the videos, ask group members to revise what they wrote down: what do they need to add/remove from their description based on what they heard?

  6. Discuss the Reframe Challenge for the week (below) and remind your group to come prepared to share the following week.

  7. Pray and close group.

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?

Week 7: The Church & The Spirit

11.07.21
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Summary

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.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. Start with last week’s challenge and ask your group to share their experiences

  2. Read Romans 12:1-2 together.

  3. Watch the video clip provided (above). Spend time discussing the discussion questions (below).

  4. Possible resources to dig further:
    - Keep in Step with the Spirit by J.I. Packer
    - Turning Points by Mark Noll

  5. Discuss the Reframe Challenge for the week (above) and remind your group to come prepared to share the following week.

  6. Pray and close group.

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.

Week 8: Strangers & Exiles

11.14.21
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Summary

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.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. Start with last week’s challenge and ask your group to share their experiences

  2. Read Romans 12:1-2 together.

  3. Watch the video clip provided (above). Spend time discussing the discussion questions (below).

  4. Have each person share where God has currently placed them for the majority of their week (home, community, workplace).

  5. Then pray that God would help them see themselves as Christ’s ambassador there. If there is time, also pray for your church as an Embassy.

  6. Discuss the Reframe Challenge for the week (below) and remind your group to come prepared to share the following week.

  7. Pray and close group.

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.

Week 9: Ambassadors

11.21.21
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Summary

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.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. Start with last week’s challenge and ask your group to share their experiences

  2. Read Romans 12:1-2 together.

  3. Watch the video clip provided (above). Spend time discussing the discussion questions (below).

  4. Have a discussion with your group, and ask them to give ideas and examples where they can be life-giving ambassadors in their daily lives.

  5. Share ideas with one another and encourage each other to step out boldly to allow God to use them in a fresh way.

  6. Pray for one another. Reframing our lives takes support for a flourishing community

  7. Discuss the Reframe Challenge for the week (above) and remind your group to come prepared to share the following week.

  8. Pray and close group.

**Optional activity for Next Week -Celebrate the conclusion of ReFrame by planning to share a meal together.

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?

Week 10: Joyful Living

11.28.21
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Summary

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.

LEADER WALKTHROUGH

  1. Share a meal together and discuss over the meal.

  2. Start with last week’s challenge and ask your group to share their experiences

  3. Read Romans 12:1-2 together.

  4. Watch the video clip provided (above). Spend time discussing the discussion questions (below).

  5. Read Luke 24:13-32 together.

  6. Ask your members to share their Emmaus Road reflections with the group from the study.

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.