Every empire in history is built on power—Rome is a prime example. Yet what we often miss is that we too carry power, and have a choice about how to use it. Today we will talk about how Rome used its power to oppress and destroy, while God calls us to use our power to bring healing, restoration, and life.

Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...
  1. Lane splitting in Rome on the hunt for gelato–sometimes, you get a craving. What’s the wildest craving you’ve had? And what did you do to fill it? Each person share a story.

  2. Brian taught us that with great power comes great responsibility. (Or was that Spiderman?) Regardless, share a story from childhood when you had your first taste of power. What did you do with it? Maybe you picked (or pelted) your crush in dodgeball. Or got to be first in line in the cafeteria.

  3. Time to get real. Our power can lift up people around us, or it can keep them down while we build our personal kingdom. Share a time when your power did some damage.

  4. Jesus had all power and authority, and spent his time on earth serving. Someone in the group read Matthew 20:25-28. Then, each of you share a story where you sacrificed for someone in your life.

  5. The Roman aqueducts are great examples of power used well. Engineering expertise, financial resources, and physical labor came together to be more than the sum of their parts. How have you joined forces with others to bless a family, a community, or a city in a way that you couldn’t do on your own? (Never experienced that before? That’s ok. Check this out, and join us next year.)

Challenge

This week, use your individual power to bless someone else. It could be a friend, family member, or even an employee. Be ready to share your experience next week.

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Sep 29, 2018 1 hr 12 mins 23 sec

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