House Group Study Material
House Group Study Material
House Groups at Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church are a place where we have a chance to meet with and learn from each other. There is a richness when the people of God teach and learn from one another. We value this connectedness and caring. When we walk together with one another, we find encouragement to learn and practice new habits that life-giving and life-nurturing as we live in the power of God’s Spirit. To get involved contact Pastor Ryan or Ross Weener.
House group topics will be church-wide and change seasonally.
This season we will be walking through Eugene Peterson’s book, Tell It Slant. In this book, Peterson discusses the wonderful use of language by our Lord Jesus in his parables from the Gospel of Luke. The groups will go through this book as we as a church also go through these parables for our Lenten sermon series.
Chapters 19-20 in Tell it Slant
Luke 23:26-49; Matthew 27:32-56; John 19:16-37
1. What word or words from the cross were most meaningful for you in this season?
2. What word or words were most challenging for you in this season?
3. What does Peterson say about praying in Jesus’ name? Is it simply ending our prayers in Jesus’ name or is it more than that? What is it?
4. How has this study helped you think about language we use everyday?
5. How has this study helped you think about the vision of the AACRC? What does it say about us that we are committing to be a “purposeful community that engages the world with the love of Jesus Christ through the practice of christian hospitality?”
6. What did you think of this book overall? Would you like to do another book like this in the future?
Chapter 15 of Tell it Slant
1. What do the conditions of prayer have to do with Jesus’ words in the prayer?
2. Have you ever found it difficult to pray? Did it feel forced to praise or give thanks in those difficult circumstances?
3. When do you feel most aware of your need for God? How do your feelings of gratitude relate to this need?
4. The context for this prayer is Jesus being misunderstood by those who knew him best. In what way does our familiarity with God/religion/church open us up to disobedience?
5. What else would you like to share about this chapter?
Chapter 13-14 of Tell it Slant
1. Do you ever find yourself using language in prayer that you don’t use in your everyday speech? What kinds of words or phrases are those?
2. Peterson says that we are most truly ourselves when we use story and language—when we tell stories about ourselves to others and when we pray to God. Do you feel that is true for you? Do you feel yourself when you pray?
3. Peterson warns agains faux prayers or the empty promises of “thoughts and prayers” and bids us to keep close to Jesus through the set prayers of the church and of scripture. Do you find comfort and blessing in these prayers? Do you struggle with their “wrote-ness”?
4. As Peterson unpacks the “Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew, was there anything new that struck you?
5. What else would you like to say about these chapters?
Chapter 11 of Tell it Slant
1. Hypocrite is a popular critique of christians. Do you see truth in it? How?
2. How does Jesus use language to show us the approaches that we take before God and others?
3. What does your prayer life look like? How do you pray and how do you see yourself in prayer?
4. How does being in community help our prayer life? What do you think Peterson is getting at with “honest sinners?”
5. What else would you like to say about this chapter or parable.
Chapter 2 of Tell it slant
1. What did you hear that was new to you in the chapter or story?
2. Given what we read, how would you define neighbor? Who is your neighbor?
3. As we watch the lawyer and Jesus interact, what strikes you about their conversation? What did you think of the way Peterson frames their conversation?
4. How does Jesus use language in this parable to consider our lives of faith differently?
5. What is most challenging to you about this story?
6. What is the most comforting thing about this story?
1. What are some words or phrases that you would consider “God-talk?” Are there things or ways you speak that are unique to your faith?
2. Parables tell us about God without talking directly about God. What movies, novels, musicians, artists, etc. have done this for you? (question taken from Tell it Slant study guide pg. 7)
3. What powerful stories have you heard and believed about yourself, others, God?
4. Where do the most powerful stories and/or words that speak to you take place? Church? Kitchen? Coffee shop? On a walk? What do these places say about language and meaning?
5. What do you hope to learn about Jesus and his parables through this study?
6. Anything else from the text you wish to share?