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A Long Obedience, pt. 2 – January 29, 2023

Pray: To open your time together.

Read: “Psalm of Ascents”: Read Psalm 120 aloud together.

Consider: Some thoughts for your group

Repentance is the decision to admit that you’re wrong. That you’re wrong about your ability to be your own God and make it on your own. And it is deciding that God, through Jesus Christ, is telling you the truth. How do we make this turn to create a new life path?

“Repentance is a realization that what God wants from you – and what you want from God – are not going to be achieved by doing the same old things; thinking the same old thoughts. Repentance is a decision to follow Christ and become his pilgrim in the path of peace.”

  • Eugene Peterson, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction”

Group Questions:

What do you think of when you hear the word Repentance? What do you feel when you hear that word?

Why do you think Repentance is so resisted in our culture?

How have you experienced Repentance? Have you experienced offering repentance to someone you have wronged or receiving repentance from someone else. What did that experience do for your relationship with that person?

What does it mean that repentance is so deeply tied to following Jesus?

Closing Prayer:

Spend some time praying for one another. Take some time to sit with the Lord and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit into repentance. For anyone who acknowledges their need to repent, pray for the courage and grace of the Father to be with them.