Session 2 "Discovering Your Birthright"
Video can be watched HERE
A major theme in the video is contrasting 'identity' with 'birthright'. We all have different ways of defining our personal identity. For example... by profession, some by religion, some by family.
Mike Slaughter defines identity in this way... "We are children of God living under the kingship of Jesus Christ"
As Christians that's who we are.
What about birthright?
Bible Study and Discussion
Read Genesis 28:18 “The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it.”
Mike Slaughter suggests that what Jacob saw at the top of the ladder (or staircase) was God. Slaughter urges us to ask ourselves what (or who) is at the top of our ladder, since he believes that our life dreams will be limited by the ceiling of our life pictures. As we picture our own personal ladder. is God at the top, or is something else—such as a job, a vocational ambition, or even another person?
What limitations are our life pictures placing on us?
Genesis 28:20-22 “Then Jacob made this vow: "If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father's home, then the LORD will certainly be my God. 22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me."
What characteristics.... negative or positive do we see in Jacob here?
Do we ever make conditions?
Are we faithful in worship and tithing?
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
• God comes into our lives through the Spirit, which serves as the ladder that connects us and leads us in all things to come.
• How do we develop an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit?
Our discussion group came up with practices such as...
Spiritual disciplines (i.e. walking the labyrinth)
1 Corinthians 2:9-15 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person's thoughts except that person's own spirit, and no one can know God's thoughts except God's own Spirit. 12 And we have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren't spiritual can't receive these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can't understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others.
Galatians 2:1-2 Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. 2 I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. (Gal 2:1-2 NLT)
Homework : Building Your Life Mission Statement: Part 2
In Genesis 28:18, Jacob got up early in the morning, took the stone that he had put near his head, and set it up as a pillar to serve as a memorial stone. Mike Slaughter share his personal Mission Statement in the video. He recommends addressing three questions to begin the process of developing our own life mission statement:
• Where do you see the greatest need around you in your neighborhood, your community, or your world?
• How can you meet that need?
• What gifts do you bring to further that mission?