Myth of Me - Week 1
How to use the Sermon Discussion Questions:
- Scripture is provided as a convenience to you and for those who may not have a bible.
- Excerpts are provided from Tom’s sermon to help the group remember the important parts of his message. Feel free to read these together as a group, or you may simply want to use them as a reminder to put in your own words. Don’t feel the need to read everything in this document as a group. Use what you need, skip what you don’t.
1 Timothy 1:3-4 (NLT) When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.
Romans 1:25 (NLT) They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself…
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT) Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God brought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Acts 17:18 (NLT) He also had a debate with some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers.
Acts 17:22-28, 30-31 (NLT) …one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is that one I’m telling you about. “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of Heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs.
He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist.”
(30) “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”
Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Jeremiah 10:23 (NRSV) 23I know, O Lord, that the way of human beings is not in their control, that mortals as they walk cannot direct their steps.
John 15:19 (NLT) 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.
Pastor Tom began his message by listing a bunch of common myths. What are some myths you have heard and believed? Describe your reaction when you found out they were not true.
1. In his message, Pastor Tom begins by discussing how myths are integrated in our culture. They make their way on social media and “people read them as memes then set them up as truth.” What myths about God do you see on social media?
2. In his book, Peter Jones’ espouses we all see the world in one of two ways:
One-ism: All is One (uncreated accident)
Two-ism: All is Two (created by a Creator)
What effects could each of these perspectives have on your life? How might belief in a creator impact someone’s view of authority?
3. Read Romans 1:25. Paul is writing from a “two-ism” mentality; meaning, we have a Creator and we were created.
How do the people’s actions and views in this verse clash with the “two-ism” mentality of Paul? How does this verse relate to our current culture?
4. In his message, Pastor Tom describes distinctions as being evidence of the Creator’s purpose.
How might a “one-ism” mentality be a detriment to distinctions? How might removing distinctions lead to chaos in a society? If you can, think of examples of where you’ve seen this play out.
5. Read Acts 17:22-28.
What does Paul teach about authority in this passage? How might the truth in this passage challenge common beliefs we hear or run into today?
6. Excerpt from Tom’s message:
The Creator does not come from with us.We come from the Creator.
Why does this distinction matter? How might knowing you have a Creator impact the way you live, make decisions, interact with others etc.?
7. In his message Pastor Tom gave the illustration of putting a full meal in a blender. After this illustration, he made this point:
The same ingredients are remixed and presented in a way contrary to the intentions of the creator. Here is my concern, we are destroying distinctions to our own detriment…
What stands out to you from this illustration or the statement above? What distinctions in our culture are we destroying to our own detriment?
8. Read John 15:19.
Excerpt from Tom’s Message: The church is literally the “Called out ones.” To be sanctified is to be set apart, distinct.
What does it mean for you to be set apart? How might you or your family live as “called out ones,” separate from the culture around us but still lovingly engaged?
Pastor Tom wrapped up his message with a conversation about sin, suffering, and salvation.
What are some popular beliefs you have heard regarding sin, suffering, and salvation? Based on your own beliefs, how have you interacted with sin, suffering, and salvation in your life or in the lives around you?
Excerpt from Tom’s Message:
In light of sin, of suffering, of salvation there is a name. His name is Jesus. Jesus is greater than any myth. Christ alone stands apart, distinct. Yes, I am a man of faith, so of course you would expect me to say that. But let’s say neither of us has faith, what belief system, both of which require faith, offers the most hope? For me, its Jesus every time.
Which beliefs or areas in your life might God be calling you to change or reconsider? Are there any distinctions in your life that have started to become blurry?
Take sometime this week to ask God to reveal to you His perspective.