In order to create healthy cultures out in the world, in our jobs, neighborhoods, schools, and business, we have to think and live local, and think and live slow. When we do, we create things that will last into the infinite future of God's new world.
This Week's Action Step:
Be the culture you want to create. Look for tangible ways to live out these values this week.
Small Group Questions:
- Having read Isaiah 60 and its vision of heaven, what do you make of the fact that heaven is described in such earthly terms?
- If God’s mission is the renovation of the earth and not the destruction of the earth, how might that affect the way you think about your responsibilities and priorities during your time on earth?
- Discuss this quote:
- “The point of the resurrection is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die. God will raise it to new life. What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it…You’re not oiling the wheels of a machine that’s about to roll over a cliff. You’re not restoring a great painting that’s about to be thrown in a fire. You’re not planting roses that are about to be dug up…No, what you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God’s future.”
- I said you can’t change the world, but you can change your world, and in order to do that you need to think/live local and think/live slow.
- Living local can be hard because we get caught daydreaming about living other lives in other places, thinking some other place would make us significant, some other job would make us happy, some other spouse would make us whole. And so the challenge was to be where your feet are.
- Do you struggle to be where your feet are, and if so, what can you do to help you be more present in your actual life?
- I also said that the key to creating healthy cultures in our world is living slow instead of fast.
- Destruction happens fast, but creation happens slow. Agree or disagree?
- What is a cultural space in our community where you/we think God might be asking you to create something healthier? What are some specific ways you/we can do that?
- Your job, your company, little league, neighborhood, etc.
Songs from Today
Glory To Glory by Lauren Evans, Rick Seibold, and William Matthews
It Is Well by Horatio Gates Spafford, Kristene DiMarco, and Philip Paul Bliss
Living Hope by Brian Johnson and Phil Wickham
Great Are You Lord by Steve Cook and Vikki Cook
So Will I (100 Billion X) by Benjamin Hastings, Joel Houston, and Michael Fatkin