Episode 188 – Out of Context Pt 4: Where Two or Three Gather

At Christian gatherings, you’ll often hear a leader say, “Jesus is present because he promised that ‘whenever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.’” Now, there’s nothing wrong with reminding people of Jesus’s presence. The problem comes when we quote Scripture thinking it means something it doesn’t. Jesus wasn’t talking about church gatherings. He was talking about church discipline (yay, everyone’s favorite topic!). Or more specifically, being uniquely present during painful and difficult conversations when followers of Jesus are discerning what to do (yes, relevant to us all). Once you’re familiar with the original context, you’ll never hear these words the same way again!

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • How would you describe the difference between “attempting to win someone back” and “trying to prove someone wrong” in a confrontational conversation? 
  • What do you find compelling in Jesus’s model for navigating conflict? 
  • What do you find challenging in it? 
  • When have you seen conflict in the Christian community handled well? What did the people specifically do to handle it well? 
  • How will you live out the truths of this teaching going forward? 

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  1. Troy Grant March 5, 2024 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Great Teaching! Thanks Brad I really appreciate your dedication to the word.

    • Brad Nelson March 11, 2024 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Thanks for your encouragement Troy!

  2. Jo Stone March 13, 2024 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I never cease to be amazed at the wisdom and clarity that you folks teach with. Thank you so much.

    • Brad Nelson March 13, 2024 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Jo, for your kind words.

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