We are providing questions that tie back to the preceding Sunday's primary reading and sermon each week. Feel free to think about these on your own, to discuss with a family member or friend, or to use these within your small group.
Song: "Precious Lord," by Thomas Dorsey
Readings: Psalm 36:5-9; John 14:1-7
1. Describe the similarities and differences between "house" and "home." What do each mean to you?
2. Much of the Old Testament is centered around the family that begins with Abraham and Sarah, continues through Isaac and Rebekah, and becomes a nation through Jacob (Israel). Read Psalm 36:5-9. How does this passage express a broader reach of the love of God?
3. John 14 is frequently chosen to be read at funerals and memorial services. These are among Jesus' words on the last night that he is with his friends before he is crucified. How do you experience a "troubled heart?" What word of comfort does Jesus offer to his friends? How might this word comfort you when your heart is troubled (and not in a way that would send you to a cardiologist)?
4. How might Jesus' disciples understand what he means by his Father's house? How do you understand that? The NRSV translates as "dwelling places" what older translations have called "mansions." What do you think Jesus is talking about? How does this align with Jesus' own death, resurrection, and ascension? How does this align with the promised resurrection that we anticipate for God's faithful people?
5. Find the words for Thomas Dorsey's song, "Precious Lord." These were written during the worst time of Dr. Dorsey's life. How do these words speak to you? Where is "home" now? Where is home finally? What do these have in common?