Interrupted Week Three

Engage
“We have the privilege of serving Jesus Himself every time we feed a hungry belly, each moment we give dignity to someone who has none left, when we acknowledge the value of a convict because he is a human being, when we share our extreme excess with those who have nothing, when we love the forsaken and remember the forgotten. Jesus is there” (p. 68).

Do you feel overwhelmed by some of the principles you’re learning in this study? What, if anything, is overwhelming to you?

Are you hearing god tell you to take specific action? in what ways?

Encounter
“Our Christian rhetoric has become white noise, I’m afraid. It gets hopelessly stuck in our minds and struggles to transition to our hearts and then hands. Our only hope is to follow the example of Jesus and get back out there, winning people over with ridiculous love and a lifestyle that causes them to finally sit up and take notice” (p. 59).

Was there anything particularly meaningful to you about this week’s study?

Jen discussed how information goes from our mind to our hearts and then to our hands. Which of those transitions gives you the most trouble? Why?

Express
“God is supremely concerned with our motives, and our works only count when they match our intentions. There is no back door into salvation, rerouted around the sacrifice of Christ. Otherwise, the whole earth could gain heaven by good works, and His day on the cross was pointless” (p. 67).

Read Jesus’ story about the good samaritan in Luke 10:25-37.

What are some of the main points Jesus was making in this passage?
What is the significance of the hero being a samaritan?
What does this parable teach us about good intentions?
How does this story relate to the parable about the sheep and the goats?
What is one specific way your group can connect its intentions with action?

4 thoughts on “Interrupted Week Three

  1. Well let me just say this is my second time writing my response to week 3. I deleted the last one before it posted. I guess maybe I am a little insecure about my writing and what people think, so whatever here goes nothing.

    I am overwhelmed by the things we have that chain us to where we are at. I am overwhelmed by a model for church that makes so much sense yet so few choose to follow. As I read Jen’s words I recalled many of my own thoughts. I am most challenged by the fact that once something hits my heart it seems to bypass my mind and all since of reasoning. I tend to feel them act and think later.

    I feel as though in the passage in Luke Jesus started by showing this man that he already knew what was required of him. This stuck out to me because I think it is often an excuse that we don’t know what exactly to do so we do nothing. Once again Jesus shows us that scripture tells us what to do, it now requires our action. I also feel like Jesus wanted to show that 2 out of 3 will pass someone in need by and that it is our responsibility to be different and HELP those in need. Good intentions or hurrying on to church waiting for a ministry opportunity is not what we are called to.

    Cool quote I found while reading commentary on this scripture. “The Samaritan allowed this mans need to interrupt his life.”

    1. I love that quote! It is perfect. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for posting – it is perfect. This is what grows us and challenges us. To think and talk through it all. We are on this journey together. Let’s all make the most of those opportunities – our pastor last night said that our neighbor is the closest person in need. This week, let’s find that closest person in need and help!

  2. Everyday I have done a little bit of week 3 Interrupted. The first week I couldn’t put it down, but I missed some good stuff too because I flew through it and just ate it up. The second week was so convicting that I could hardly pick it up knowing that it would only bring more conviction on how I am living my “so called Christian life”. This is the third week and I wanted to take the time to soak it all in. I haven’t commented yet this week because there hasn’t been anything that has been profound to me. That is, not until today. It hit me hard today. She talks about feeding and meeting the needs of the needy and the poor and as we treat those who are poor it is as we are treating Christ the very same way. All I could think of is “Shame on you, Paula…name the last person you have ministered to or helped in the last 6 months?” After I finished my section this morning I felt ashamed to say that I don’t even “go” anywhere that I might find people in real need. I kept thinking about Christians that go on mission trips and people serving in other sort of ways in nursing homes, group homes, ghettos, bad neighborhoods or with children that know nothing more than crime and desperation. I can’t say that I have ever done any of those things. Kasey knows this because I used to say it all of the time. I used to say “We (my family) live in the ghetto.” I would say it all of the time until I found out that it was really offending my husband. It offended him that I spoke this way of the home that he works so hard for. It was offending that I wasn’t thankful for his provisions. Kasey may remember this conversation. Anyways, so as I sat there thinking that I never “go” anywhere to find needy people I realized maybe they are my neighbors. How would I know that? I barricade myself in my home. What?! You mean the people that God may be calling me to help are my next door neighbors? WHY? They have a roof over their head…they catch the bus to work…they seem to be “making it”. Plus, they look the other way when they see me? Seriously? Really God? There I go with the stereo typical excuse filled Paula again. I thought “Do I (as a Christian) look differently to them because I live a life sold out to God or because I am a self centered stuck up Christian girl who goes to her Christian job and goes about her Christian life not realizing there is something more to Christian than this?”
    Lately I have been trying not to buy myself anything that I don’t need. Then I started doing it with my kids. We have in excess of what we need or had EVER hoped for. This book has hit me like a TON of bricks and I just can’t shake it. It is consuming my thoughts. I have been walking around asking God “WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT FROM ME???” (In case you didn’t notice – that was me screaming out to God.) BIG things have been happening to where God is CLEARLY speaking to both Jason and I and it all has to do with our resources. He is providing in ways that I can’t even begin to explain. I keep waiting for the “right” person to walk up to me and just point blank tell me that they need something. Still waiting…
    Do you think I have missed the point all of these years? I got finished getting ready for work (Finally Friday), I get in the car and I pull to the end of the street. There she stands. She is there every morning. Probably in her late 50’s early 60’s. Waiting for the bus to take her to work. She has a coat and a sack for her lunch. I pull to the stop sign and she looks the other way. I wonder why? He gently pricks my heart and says “She’s the one” Then the questions start coming like I am a 2 year old…how…when…what…how…I don’t want to offend her and on and on and on. I turn the corner and start to drive and it comes to me. I know that this is a Bible study and it’s spiritual and I should have found a different way to make my feelings and findings on week 3 come across better, but God knew that there was only one way for me to understand. He used a song – and it’s not even a Christian or religious song. Nope it’s a good ol’ country song.
    I ain’t settling for just getting by
    I’ve had enough so so for the rest of my life
    Tired of shooting too low, so raise the bar high
    Just enough ain’t enough this time
    I ain’t settling for anything less than everything
    If you know the song you know that it has NOTHING to do with being Interrupted by God, but today…it did. I am tired of settling for anything less than what God has for me. I’ve spent enough for all of us and I am tired of not being who God wants me to be. I ain’t settling for ANYTHING less than what God has for me…even when I don’t understand where He is taking this, I will not settle.

    1. I love that song and was thinking the same thing – I listened to it while running and thought just that! Great minds think alike! HA!!
      I love to hear what God is teaching you! You rock! Keep listening to that voice!!

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