Salt & Light Leader
Published by: MennoMedia
Imprint: Salt & Light
- Published: July 2022
Salt & Light’s all-in-one leader guide includes the participant guide and session plans for group Bible study. Discussion questions and activities connect Bible study with “salt and light” engagement for spiritual formation and engaging with Jesus’ mission in the congregation and wider community.
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Power and Love
by Fanosie Legesse
UNIT 1: Power and Vulnerability. God’s incarnation is into a poor family, from a village of no consequence, vulnerable to the whims and machinations of the mighty Roman empire. While some people reading these Bible studies can relate to poverty and obscurity, most will read the studies as citizens of great world powers. Some people know from experience that power can be abused even against a government’s citizens, but others have known only the protection and benefits of that power. This unit invites us to read the nativity stories from the vantage point of the victims of the empire. We will see how God enters and interrupts human history by confronting the powerful and lifting the powerless.
UNIT 2: Belonging to God’s Reign. Follow the trajectory of the biblical imagery for faith development, from adoption through baptism and infancy in faith, into youthful excitement and exuberance, and then to a mature faith that struggles, challenges, and questions. We will develop an understanding of our relationship with God and how God adopts believers into this parent-child relationship through Christ.
UNIT 3: Love. Explore agape love: God’s love for the world, our love for God, and our love for one another. Reflect on spiritual friendship and its strong tie to our claim of becoming the children of God. Even though God is the most powerful God, Christ chose to die on the cross for the sake of his love for humanity. God desires to inspire this expression and practice of power in all of us.