This past Sunday we had the privilege of hosting Christa Hesselink. She discussed themes from her new book, Life’s Great Dare.
The overriding theme of Christa’s story was transformation. We’ll actually be diving into this topic again in two weeks. Christa spoke from the angle of her personal story, her heart, one that involved her overcoming both cancer and the loss of her brother at the very young age 24. It’s very evident what Christa’s passion is: helping people thrive in life. How can we overcome life’s curve balls and find our way, in Christ.
Below are some quotes from the morning, with some questions for your small group discussion.
What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 17
Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
We invite wholeness, healing & abundance in every area of our lives…
- Our relationship with money and stuff
- The way we treat our body, soul and mind
- How we spend our time
- How we interact with our boss & co-workers
- Relationships with our friends
- The commitment to our families
- Our connection to this planet and all of creation
- The connection to those who are different than us
- Our relationship with our enemies
- Our care of those vulnerable and marginalized
- Our sexual lives
- Our commitment and friendship with God
Christa concluded with a reminder that everything starts and ends with love…
God isn’t transforming me to be more perfect so he can love me more, he’s transforming me so that I can experience his love more perfectly. It starts with Love and always leads to more love.
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What are some things that moved you about Christa’s story? (if you missed it, let someone in the group summarize it for you)
What are some things that hold us back from moving forward in God’s story for us?
What do you take away from the Galatians & Corinthians text?
What does ‘FULL LIFE’ or ‘ABUNDANT LIFE’ (John 10:10) look like to you?
*(if your group didn’t meet last week, and you wanted to discuss some of the questions we had on community, you can find them in last week’s POST)