Bible Study - tonight, Monday, Feb. 27, 7:00 pm, top floor, Education Building
Soul Detox: From Cynicism To Love
Soul Detox - getting and keeping a clean soul in a contaminated world - Proverbs 25:26, in what ways has the influence of a contaminated world kept you from being s spring of life for those around you? - Psalm 51:2, in what ways have you experienced the cleansing power of Jesus?
From Cynicism To Love - in a world of cynicism, how do we instead embrace Jesus' call on our lives to be persons of love? - the cynic sees the hypocrisy, corruption, and failings of people, institutions, etc., points it out, and does nothing - the person who obeys God, loves people despite their hypocrisy, corruption and failings.
1.) Jonah 1:1-3; 3:1-5; 4:1-11. You move from cynicism to love when you remember how much mercy the Lord has extended to you. In what ways do you see yourself in Jonah? How does remembering God's love and mercy help us escape cynicism? Luke 6:36, how have you experienced God's mercy, and how does that help you to resist being critical, judgmental, cynical? Colossians 3:12-13, here we are told that we must forgive, which requires that we love those who have done us wrong. How do we find the strength to do this?
2.) Philippians 1:12-21. You move from cynicism to love when you are looking to see what God is doing in every situation. Cynicism portrays itself as being realistic; but it is realistic only about the realities of our sinful human nature. It forgets the greater reality of the all powerful, all loving God. How was Paul able to look for God at work in that Roman prison? 1 Corinthians 13:7, how do these words of Paul apply to his experience in prison? Why are these qualities necessary to love persons? How could they help you to better love those around you?
3.) Mark 3:1-6. You move from cynicism to love when your number one goal is to obey God. Jesus was surrounded by hypocrisy, but he obeyed the Father and loved the man with the withered hand. It would have been very easy for Jesus, seeing the hypocrisy around him, to become cynical, roll his eyes, and walk out of the room. If he had, however, he would not have obeyed the Father. Where do you see yourself in this story? Romans 13:9, if my goal is to obey God, then I will always seek to love. How do we keep focused on obeying God as our number one goal?