Updated: May 18
Repent and Believe Hand Motion:
Researchers have found that moving our bodies and adding actions to our learning significantly increases our ability to remember. Here is a hand action you can add to the command to remember it:
Repent; Step 1: Take your right hand and stretch it in front of you.
Repent; Step 2: Turn your outstretched hand towards your heart
Believe; Step 1: Place both hands, at your temples: palms facing forward, fingers touching your temples
Believe; Step 2: Raise both arms in the air: hands open and facing forward
Repent and Believe Overview: Jesus offers us the Kingdom of God and calls us to rethink (repent: ‘metanoia’) everything we thought we knew about what would lead us to the good life and trust (believe: ‘pisteuō’) in him instead. This change of mind and heart looks like trusting Jesus as King of our lives rather than ourselves, and leads us away from sin into the love of God. Repentance and faith begin our journey with Jesus and are the ongoing means of our transformation and sanctification until the end of our lives.
REMEMBER (30 min)
Remember God: Worship, Prayer or Communion
O Come to the Altar | Live | Elevation Worship
Repent (What A Joy It Is) | The Worship Initiative feat. Davy Flowers
Remember each other: Care
Optional- break up into smaller groups for 10 min Hi/Lo check in
Remember the Liturgy:
Remember what we learned and put into practice last week: Accountability
Topic: Repent & Believe: What did you learn from practicing the Examen prayer this week?
REFLECT (30 min)
Prepare (See the Leaders Guide for a brief commentary and context for the scripture and core truth from the topic)
Introduce today’s topic and any commentary or context for the scripture
Topic Title: Repent & Believe (remember what you learned last week- the focus this week will be around learning a tool and practicing repentance)
Share the Summary Scripture for the topic:
Summary Scripture- Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “ The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Repent (metanoia)- a change of mind, turning to live God’s way rather than our own.
Believe (pisteuō)- placing our trust and confidence in Jesus for all of life.
Share context/introduction for The Reflective Prayer Tool
Walk through and learn the instructions for the Reflective Prayer Tool using Peter's denial and encounter with Jesus on the beach. Matthew 26:31-35, 47-75 and John 21:1-20
Think through and imagine what Peter may have thought, felt or how he acted. What could have been his beliefs, “I am” statements and “God is” statements? How did his encounter with Jesus change those beliefs?
Some ideas to help you walk through the tool using Peter as an example:
Event: Peter denied Jesus
Thoughts: I can't let them know that I know Jesus. I don't want anyone to find out. Maybe Jesus isn’t who He says he is. Why is Jesus not doing anything?
Emotions: Scared. Embarrassed. Ashamed. Angry. Confused. Hurt
Actions: Lied. Tried to hide. Got angry and yelled. Cried. Left
Beliefs: “I am” statements: I have to defend myself. I am alone. I am a failure. I am a disappointment
Beliefs: “God is” statements: God doesn’t protect me. God’s ways are hurtful. God is not faithful. God is disappointed in me. God is angry
Response from God: Jesus affirms that Peter is a faithful disciple, that He loves him and is not disappointed and forgives him. Jesus assures Peter that he is not alone and gives him that same invitation as before “ follow me”. Peter is not disqualified.
RESPOND (30 min)
Experience and Encounter
Practice The Reflective Prayer tool:
Use the feelings wheel to help identify emotions if needed:
Lord’s Supper (Communion)
Practice and Obey
Use the Reflective Prayer Tool to explore a situation in your life for repentance (-) and remembrance (+) this week as least once.
The Lord’s Prayer