This book has been an invitation to a journey of freedom that is made available to us in the shared love of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Throughout this study we’ve talked about those things in our lives that make it difficult to live into that love, and we imagined what it would be like if we accepted His invitation.
In this final chapter we look forward to the journey ahead. A journey that requires us to stand firmly in the truth that our God, who is Father, Son, and Spirit have included us in their love. He has invited us into relationship, and it is in this relationship that we find belonging, significance and communion. It is in this relationship that we are offered freedom to be his beloved sons and daughters and to experience what it means to be fully alive and fully free.
One of the best ways that we can remain firmly rooted in that truth is to listen to scripture when the world we live in tries to sell us quick fixes and shortcuts. In scripture we see that God has revealed Himself as the loving God who extends relationship as the only way to true freedom. The Father seeks a bride for his son. The son is given so that the doors to the Father are opened wide. He is our God that keeps coming after us with salvation, redemption, and relationship. That is His story. That is our story. And it never ends, because the love of the Father, Son, and Spirit never runs out.
1. Rick says that if you want to live in the freedom that is offered in the love of God, you must guard against spiritual remedies that lead to death, not to life. These remedies offer false hope and promise us the life we always wanted through self-improvement methods. Are you currently guarding against these in your life? How will you guard against them?
2. Rick describes the Bible as truth that deals with the issues of life and relationships. It speaks to our situation with brutal honesty that most of us have been taught to hide from. Rick fears that we have lost our appetite for truth that speaks honestly into our messy lives. Do you agree? Discuss.
3. Rick ends the book by saying that he imagines a world of possibility, a world in which the reign of love is everywhere breaking in and the noise of futility fades. In this imagining we are called into a love that makes us wholly alive. Describe one way that you can imagine life being different if you accept that invitation and step into the freedom of the love of God?