Seven Men – Study Guide for...
Focus for the Week
Are we seeing the times in which we live with biblical clarity?
How did you take action in “everyday” ways during the last week based on the challenges of our study? Remember to be specific!
Did anyone specifically set aside time to dream about how we can be used by God to be catalysts for cultural transformation? Remember: what you thought about on the way to our time together doesn’t count. Did you set aside time?
What is the next step you need to take in being “a catalyst for culture change?”
Several “c’s” stand out when one surveys Bonhoeffer’s life. How are each of these seen in Bonhoeffer’s life?
How did these qualities come together so that Bonhoeffer was used in a tremendous way?
Bonhoeffer could have fled Germany. He was in America as late as 1939. Yet, he returned to Germany, ultimately facing death. Much of the reason that Bonhoeffer still inspires people today was his calm in the face of imminent death.
How does Hebrews 2:10-18 help us understand why Bonhoeffer was calm in the face of death?
How is Christ foundational and central in each of the 4 c’s given above?
Engage and Execute
Are we acting together in ways such that the c’s given above (capability, courage, connections, commitment) come together in such a way that we are agents for change in our culture?
For Further Reading and Study
Chris Brauns (@chrisbrauns) is the pastor of the Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, IL. He is the author of Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds, and Bound Together: How We are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices. He blogs at A Brick in the Valley.
Tim Johnson is a Regional Vice President for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Leader of Pinnacle Forum for Central Illinois.