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"Dust" Featuring Rob Bell

Posted: April 01, 2019

Week 4: April 1

Welcome to the online version for the weeks of Lent in March and early April of the Nooma Video series by Rob Bell. Each week on Monday we will post the video link we are using and the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran pastor who is leading the onsite discussion groups will post questions. Then, during the week we invite you to return to this post to join the online discussion.

Weekly Discussion Questions:

  1. Share a personal reaction to this video. What interested you, struck you as important, or raised questions for you? 

  2. “I want to be the kind of person who does the right thing. And I don’t just mean the big things where right and wrong are obvious and easy, but I mean the small things. The subtle, unnoticed things.” Why are the “small and unnoticed” things such a big deal?”

  3. “A disciple doesn’t just want to know what the rabbi knows. A disciple wants to be like the rabbi and wants to learn to do what the rabbi does.” Have you ever thought about Jesus as your rabbi? Would you consider yourself a disciple?

  4. “If they’re fishermen and Jesus calls them to be his disciples, then they’re not following another rabbi; and if they’re not following another rabbi, they’re not the best of the best. They didn’t make the cut.” What message was Jesus sending us by not choosing the best of the best?

  5. Read Matthew 14:22-33. Why did Peter sink? Do you agree with Rob Bell’s interpretation of this story - why or why not? What can we learn from this story?

A closing prayer from Rob Bell: 
May you believe in God. But may you come to see that God believes in you. May you have faith in Jesus. But may you come to see that Jesus has faith that you can be like him. A person of love and compassion and truth. A person of forgiveness, and peace, and grace, and joy, and hope. And may you be covered in the dust of your rabbi, Jesus. Amen.

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About Rob Bell’s NOOMA Video Series:
NOOMA is a series of short films promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences. The name NOOMA comes from a phonetic spelling of the Greek word πνευμα (pneuma), meaning "wind," "spirit," or "breath". The video series consists of 24 videos created from 2002 - 2009 featuring Christian teacher Rob Bell, who at the time was lead pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan. Each film is from 10 - 14 minutes long and includes a short story to help illustrate a specific topic from a biblical theme to inspire personal reflection on life from a Christian perspective. (edited from Wikipedia)