A reframed understanding of the gospel gives us confidence and joy in the midst of daily life. The good news of Christ in Scripture frees us to live an abundant life of work and rest. This session helps us to see all of our lives as part of this abundant life.
The story of the disciples’ encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus takes the following shape:
- Encounter—Jesus encounters us in the midst of our fragmentation and confusion.
- Understand—Jesus reframes our understanding of ourselves and the world by explaining the biblical story.
- Respond—We can live with joy and confidence as Christ’s ambassadors.
Sample discussion questions
- What does joy and confidence look like in the midst of the sorrows, heartaches, and disappointments of life—not only yours but of the wider world?
- What sustains us as ambassadors on our journey of discipleship?
- What is God saying to you, your church, and your community about how you can be an ambassador to the culture around you?
Journalist and Executive Editor
Board of Governors' Professor, Spiritual Theology
London School of Theology
Professor Emeritus, Spiritual Theology
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