Jer Swigart is a faith leader, social innovator, and the Co-Founding Director of a peacemaking training organization called The Global Immersion Project. He and his family live in Bend, Oregon.
Review: Renee Sundberg challenged us to seek out and embrace an opportunity to form a relationship with someone different than ourselves. What opportunities did you act on this week?
Review: Rodger Nishioka said, “The image you bear is the one to whom you belong.” Whose image did you bear in your life this week? How do others see the image of God in you?
Review: Dr Brenda Salter McNeil challenged us, like Esther, to use our influence, access, privilege and position to advocate for the cause of the Kingdom of God. Where is God telling you, “Yes, you.” when you are asking, “Who, Me?”
Review: Rich Stearns challenged us to consider what we will do for Jesus – in the form of caring for the poor and refugees in the world. What have you done?
Review: Who did you meet this past week and celebrate together your mutual membership in the household of God?
Review: What did you consider letting go of, and taking on, in order to experience a deeper faith community.
Background: It is Pentecost. The Holy Spirit has arrived as promised by Jesus. Peter preaches a sermon to explain what is happening and present the Gospel (good news). Those listening are “pierced to the heart” and ask what they should do. Peter says to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the Holy Spirit.” That day “there were added about 3,000 souls.” Acts 2:1-41.
Review: What six categories of relationships are addressed in Ephesians 5:21–6:9? On which of these roles did you focus in the past week, and how did you apply Paul’s instructions in that role?
Review: What prohibitions and instructions do you recall from Ephesians 5:3-20? What progress did you make in obeying these commands in the past week?