The Village, Session 4 START: 1:14:10 END: 1:41:40 RUNTIME: 27:30 MIXER: Are you happy that the Village would now

be able to continue, or did you wish it would have dissolved and the people return to the towns? In other words, in your opinion, is the Village a good thing? READING: Matthew 5:1-16
1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

1) Someone explain why the Village was started. What was the mission and intent of the

why are so many churches removed from any real visible needs and areas of poverty and suffering? We engage the suffering of the world by taking up our crosses. On one side.” What. If you have to choose between life and love. was the just and right cause that he was willing to risk for? How might following Jesus in your world involve risk? Edward had to put two things side by side and make a choice.” 5) Is there any legitimate way to escape the suffering of our world? What are some of the ways we have managed to escape from suffering? 6) Is the church supposed to be a retreat and safe-haven from the hardships and suffering of our world. I hope I am always able to risk everything for the just and right cause. or is it supposed to stay and endure the hardships? (Hint: think about the example of Jesus. This is what it means to follow Jesus: we meet life head-on. The world moves for love. We deny ourselves. said “Yes I have risked. It kneels before it in awe. but so often there is a better choice. and follow Jesus. who represented the future of the Village. How does this square with Jesus saying “Blessed are those who are poor in spirit and blessed are those who mourn”? ● What about being a city on a hill? ● What about being a lamp under a basket? Was the Village like this in any way? Were they letting their light shine before others? 3) Edward. 4) Let’s talk about Ivie. we should always risk for life and love. when defending his decision to send Ivie into the towns. for Edward.) If the church is supposed to be fully engaged with the pain and suffering of the world. and keeping a lie going. there was the life of Lucius. Life will often cause us to choose between two good choices. he had to protect the story of the Village so their way of life could continue. Do you think there were others better cut out for the task of going to the towns? What gave Edward a good feeling about sending her on this mission? Edward said this about Ivie: “She is lead by love. take up our crosses. On the other side. .founding families? Can you sympathize with their reasons for starting the Village? 2) Does this passage from the Sermon on the Mount have anything to do with the people of The Village? Do you see any connections? ● The people of the Village were trying to escape the pain and suffering of their world.

it ends. We cannot heal if we have removed ourselves from all forms of hurt. with the hope that we are a part of God’s healing in the world. Heartache is a part of life-we know that now. we meet it head on. We must not run from heartache. we do not seek to withdraw from pain and suffering--instead. Ivie is running toward hope--let her run.Noah’s dad said this: “Let her go.. she’ll be successful in her quest. We can move towards hope--it’s what’s beautiful about this place.. So how can you take up your cross this week? How can you be a part of God’s healing work in the world? What challenge will you accept? In what way will you come out of hiding in the Village? . If this place is worthy.. when pain and suffering come our way. If it ends.. In fact. if we are following Jesus. There is nowhere we can move to that will somehow make it easy.” What lesson did the people of The Village learn? Life is going to be hard.

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