Spirit Sight- Life Group Questions
There are certain stories about our lives that we have told many times over. When we tell a story over and over we feel like we have clarity around it. We tell about the experience but we also talk about what that experience means. When we have distance from something we think of it with clarity and we feel we understand it. That was not the case when we were going through it. In the middle of an new experience we can barely describe it and we try to find language to explain what we are experiencing.
The gospel writers talk about things Jesus did and said in such an experiential way because it was so new to them they couldn’t wrap their heads around what it all meant. Jesus breaks the law and redefines its (Luke 6). He says strange things about being the way, the truth, and the light and then says the Spirit will come after he is gone and lead them into all truth. The new experiences don’t match the old paradigm. The new life doesn’t fit in the old framework of their spiritual/cultural heritage. The new thing God is doing doesn’t fit the old expectations. As Jesus puts it, “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” (Mark 2:22)
Have you ever experienced this kind of “paradigm shift” where you had always expected things to be a certain way but life changed on you? What happened and what did it feel like? How do you SEE that experience now?
Are you experiencing something currently that is uncomfortable because “life wasn’t supposed to look like this?” Are you currently having to make new wineskins for an experience that doesn’t fit in the old wineskins?
At this point in your life what do you think God is speaking to you? What is God showing you? What is that raw truth that you would have a hard time explaining but you know something is happening?
Going Deeper in Scripture: All through scripture we see this move from old wineskin to new. Sometimes it is glorious and celebrated like the movement of the Jews being slaves in Egypt to being a new nation with a newly emerged faith tradition. Sometimes it is confusing and challenging like the new way of faith Jesus displays. Where else in scripture do you see this movement from old wineskins to new?
Scripture references: John 14:16, John 16:13, 2 Cor 4:4, Luke 24:31, Mark 2:22