life in the coronavirus crisis

Life in the Coronavirus Crisis: Discussion Questions

Matthew ThompsonBy Matthew ThompsonMarch 17, 20207 Minutes

One of the most important things to do in the midst of the Coronavirus Crisis is to not be isolated. Even though we can't physically be with others, technology allows us to connect via FaceTime, Google Hangouts or ZOOM video call. Whatever platform you choose, we'll be updating this page daily with new discussion questions that support the content we are posting daily on Instagram. Connect with your friends over these questions, as we support each other through this tough time.

Day 4, March 19th, Rethinking... Love & Money

In Matthew 6:19-23, Jesus gives us a framework to not only survive, but thrive through seasons like this. They key is being able to distinguish between what Tim Keller calls, "good things and ultimate things". Good things are gifts from God that are meant to be supporting characters in our lives, like careers, money, success, possessions and romantic relationships. All of these things aren't bad, but when they become our "ultimate thing", the center of our lives and our source of fulfillment, they leave us in a place of darkness (Matthew 6:23) Today, we're kicking off a series of posts that will reframe how we look at different aspects of our lives, including love and money. Here's some questions to discuss with your friends.
  1. How has an unhealthy view of love affected your relationships in the past?
  2. Where do you think you stand today? Where do you go to fulfill your need to be loved? Is it God? Or something/someone else?
  3. What has been your perspective on money up until this point? Have you looked at it for an ultimate sense of security? Talk about the Princeton Study on Money & Happiness
  4. If so, how has this mindset failed you in the past and in the current crisis we're going through?

Day 3, March 18th, Pain & Suffering

Directly linked to our theme yesterday is our ability to face hardship and suffering. Are our fists thrown up at God or are we praying that He would reveal what he wants us to get out of this season? All throughout scripture (Zech. 13:9, 1 Pet 1:7, Isa 48:10), we hear about God puts us through the fire — both for our own personal growth and for His glory.⁠ ⁠ This analogy comes directly from the refining process in which a silversmith refines silver. To get the best results, the silversmith has to hold a piece of silver directly over the middle of a fire, where the flames are the hottest.⁠ ⁠ So while God is not causing the Coronavirus, he will use it for good (Rom 8:28) and if we're willing, he'll use it refine us in beautiful ways we could have never experienced if this hadn't happened. Here are our questions for today:
  1. What hard situations have you faced in the past that God has helped you overcome?
  2. What did you learn from those situations and how are you better for it?
  3. Has the Coronavirus crisis revealed any unhealthy mindsets or habits you've had? What are they?
  4. Can you envision how this season might help you get rid of those mindsets or habits?

Day 2, March 17th, Battling Anxiety

Our first topic for today is battling anxiety. With the shock of this situation and a world being flipped upside down, our first instinct to to be anxious about the unknown. But Jesus gives us a framework for how to deal with these times in Matthew 6:19-34. These three questions are all based off those verses:
  1. What are you most anxious about going into the future?
  2. How has God provided for your needs up until this point?
  3. How does that give you confirmation about how he'll provide moving forward?
  4. Gather in prayer and place all of your future needs in the hands of God.