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"Matthew" Featuring Rob Bell

Posted: April 08, 2019

Week 5: April 8

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. “If there’s anything I’ve learned, or I’m learning, it’s that whatever you’re feeling in that moment, it’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay to feel numb, and for me it’s like anger, shock, denial, it’s okay. Or just that feeling like you don’t feel anything at all, and that’s okay too. It’s okay to have no answers, and no explanations, and maybe even now words.” How would you describe how you have felt (or how you feel) when you’ve experienced a death?

  3. “Jesus began to weep.” (John 11:35, NRSV) “We can’t avoid our responses to things and think they’ll go away. If we stuff it, then it’s in there somewhere, and it will come out. Maybe you lost somebody a long time ago and you never properly grieved. Then it’s still in there somewhere. If the Son of God needs to let it out, if Jesus wept, then we do too.” What do you think it means to “properly grieve?” Have you let the full force of your loss hit you? Have you, or someone you know, ever avoided really dealing with grief? What happened?

  4. “The first Christians spoke about a day in the future when God would restore everything—you, me, everything in heaven and on earth. I find great hope in that.” Do you believe that God will someday restore everything? If so, how does that affect your life in the here and now?

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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)