A SPIRIT CAFÉ DISCUSSION GUIDE
1. Welcome and introduce newcomers to the café
2. Open with a prayer for God’s guidance and presence
3. Ask everyone if they heard Sunday’s message.
Jan. 12, 2020
THE FAITH: The Father, part 1
1 John 4:8 God is love.
John 1:18 The image of God as Father is truth. “Our Father….”
God is not male. Has no body. Only Jesus had a body. God as Father doesn’t mean he is male. God created them in his own image, male and female he created them. So there is something like gender in God, just like there is something like suffering in God.
So the fact that you’re woman and I’m man is not a division (our culture doesn’t get this at all) but it’s a perfection of the image of God. I can’t image God perfectly as a man and you can’t image God perfectly as a woman, but together we are created in the image of God.
Mark 14:36 “Abba, Father”
Abba is a term of endearment. Tenderness and dependability/faithfulness
Great tenderness, but not sappy. It denotes rock-like stability.
The mission and task of earthly fathers is to reveal and reveal the essential Fatherhood of God.
Jesus said that when you see me you see the Father. Think of this when you look at a crucifix. “This is how much I love you….I’ve given everything for you, held nothing back.”
Father of truth/father of love vs. father of lies John 8:44 Ephesians 6:12
Satan means accuser. Devil means divider.
God’s plan from the beginning is to partake of his divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4
The devil accuses God to us. “He doesn’t have your best interest in mind, he’s not look out for you.” See Genesis chapter 3
Jesus is the definitive rebuttal to the accusation of Satan that God does not care. HE SURE DOES. Luke 15:11-24
The Father is radically and passionately in love with you. So much so that he would not keep his son for himself but gave his son to us. And the son out of great love for the Father and for us goes to the cross so that you and I will know this Father’s love.
Close your Spirit Cafe with prayer requests, praises, and encouragement to continue to move forward in our spiritual journey.
Current running Spirit Cafés:
— From Sept. thru May, 2nd and 4th Thursdays 6:30p. Meet at Greg Truesdell’s in Lebanon. For more info. on the Men’s Ministry Spirit Café, contact Brent Jividen.
— Believers meet on various Mondays & Tuesdays 6:00p-8:00p. For more info. on this Spirit Café, contact Dannie Glidden.