Week 3

“What I am, I must become. What I see, I must try to find. What I hear, I must play music to. What I touch, I must leave alone, and turn then to all reflections of myself in trees and sacred things that nature gives to me” (Jena of Taos)

Image: Rock on floor on black velvet with grey border

Listen to the Zuni Sunrise Song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxIgBZnId9c)

Matthew 7:21

What is the outcome of doing the will? 

What is not the way to enter the Kingdom?

What is Jesus saying about himself here?

What, then, is the way to the Kingdom?

Write a word you could substitute for “will” for your own use right now.

Write down another word for “God” for your use right now.

Now write those two words together for another way of saying “will of God.”  Share.

How does that place of longing respond to this phrase?

What does this phrase say about God?

Where does this God operate?

If we are drawn to do the will, what is required first in order to be able to do it? 

Which comes first?

What does it do to our choice to first make the commitment?

How often does one make it?

Does it need renewing?

How do we discover the will? 

**Pick a live situation in your life in your life and bring this passage to it in order to discover the will of God. (15 min.) 

What did you experience?

Mark 14:35-36

What is Jesus doing with his feelings?

How do you respond to the prayer of Jesus?

Matthew 6:34

Rewrite this using your own words, especially “trouble”.

If you said a prayer each morning, affirming your intentions for the day, that included this, what difference would it make?

Matthew 15:10-11

What is Jesus saying about the source of defilement? 

What are some synonyms for the word ‘defilement’?

If one is defiled, what must come before purification?

Of what value is looking at defilement? “

Matthew 15:18-20

If you are to do the will of God, which of the above preconditions would most likely block you?

If this issue was successfully addressed, how might it make a difference?

Where do these things come from?

Luke 6:45

What does the word “treasure” add? 

What difference would it make in how we related to these treasures if under the influence of images from the Sistine Chapel vs. those of the Gates of Hell?

What are we to do with this abundance of ‘treasure’, both evil and good?

What is the source of evil again?

How did it get into the heart?

What would it imply if the so-called ‘evil’ is sourced in God?

Do you remember Jesus’ great commandment? 

What would that mean to the issue of evil in one’s heart?

Matthew 8:5-13

Who is the centurion? 

What is his evaluation of Jesus? What does he recognise in him?

What enables the centurion to seek out Jesus?

What does he need from Jesus?

Why does he think Jesus can do it?

What authority does Jesus have or is related

How does your sense of this authority work for you?  When are you in touch with it?  When are you not in touch?

What has enabled Jesus to stay in touch with this authority?

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