God’s the Glue – Discussion Guide
Main Idea: Moms bring everyone together and hold everything together in the home. Mom’s secret weapon is that she is an image bearer of Christ. Jesus belongs in the center of your life. When Jesus is the center, He brings everyone together and holds everything together.
Introduction: We all share one thing in common: none of us would be here if not for our moms. Many of our moms not only gave birth to us, but they organized and kept our homes and lives together. Many moms have been the glue. When mothers demonstrate these qualities, they are mirroring the image of Christ. Usually when our lives begin to spin out of control, the main reason is Christ is not the center of our lives. We cannot be the center of the universe; Jesus must take that spot. When Jesus is at the center of our lives, He holds everything together, bringing order out of chaos.
Discussion Starter: An old episode of the 1970’s sitcom, “The Brady Bunch,” depicts the kids disobeying the “no playing in the house” rule, and as a result they break their mom’s vase. They think they have the perfect solution by gluing the pieces of the broken vase back together. No one will ever know. Everything is fine until the maid places water and flowers in the vase just before family dinner. While the family is eating, the vase springs multiple leaks and their secret is discovered. Share a comical experience you have had with glue, such as fingers stuck together or an item falling to pieces after you attempted to glue it back together.
Primary Scriptures: Colossians 1:15-20 and Proverbs 31:26-31
- Proverbs 31 is usually referred to as the chapter describing a virtuous woman or wife. Read verses 26-31. Several attributes are discussed; how do these reflect how she is an image bearer of God? In what ways do her actions mirror Christ?
- For many, the quarantine has made us feel as if we are under house arrest. Paul was literally in prison as he wrote to the church at Colossae. Read Colossians 1:15-20 as background for the next few questions. Pastor pointed out the original Greek word used for framed is “synistemi”, which means permanently “framed” or “held together.” We derive our English word for “system” from it. Discuss how Jesus is the system or framework that holds everything together.
- Pastor continued his mini Greek lesson as we looked at the phrase, “first place in everything” found in verse 18. The original word was “proteuo,” which translates to “place first” or “the chief thing.” We discussed how Jesus frames everything and thus holds everything together. Discuss how placing Him first above everything else makes a difference.
- Consider one more Greek word used in Hebrews 1:3, “phero.” Typically translated in our Bibles as “uphold” or “sustain;” it means “to bear.” In this scripture we read that Jesus is so powerful that He literally holds everything up and together. Think about two questions. How does this make Him the center of everything? And, how is this a complete game-changer for us?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Colossians 1:15-20 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
As we continue to meet virtually, it might be easiest pick a partner again this week. Working together, determine ways to not only place Jesus at the center of your life, but also how to demonstrate that to others. How can each of us express a life framed by Jesus?
Engaging at Faith Promise: Have you been attending the Saturday morning prayer meetings online? This is an amazing way to support our community, by listening to the word, seeing where people need prayer, and praying together. Tune in on Facebook Live Saturdays at 9 AM.
Engaging in Community and the World: Although contact with our community is currently limited, it is not impossible. If you know of anyone who seems to have trouble coping with the stress of social distancing and self-isolation, advise them that Faith Promise has counselors available by appointment or direct them to the link for online communication card that offers prayer or help. We must not allow others to struggle alone.