Discussion Questions for Pentecost 21

  1. What situation in your community or congregation begs for members to say, “Come now, let’s argue it out,” for the sake of reconciliation and doing what God asks of us? (Isa 1:10)

  2. In what ways is your faith a safe sanctuary and source of renewal in times of trouble or when you feel as if you’ve let down God or your brothers and sisters in Christ? (Psa 32:1)

  3. If you were writing a letter of affirmation and encouragement to your congregation, what would you say and mention specifically? (2 Thess 1:1)

  4. Have you ever met a Zacchaeus—an underappreciated person transformed by faith who ended up inspiring others through actions and spirit? Who was it? (Luke 19:1)


This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Rod Boriack.

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