In new groups, participants often seek connections through icebreaker questions. How we respond impacts the future community. I’ve learned to employ what I call the “Rule of In”.
Archives for May 2018
Have you ever noticed, how much easier it is much easier to destroy something beautiful and worthy than to build it? Building up and tearing down is at the heart of Romans 14-15. Paul’s going to encourage us to build each other up and remind us that this building takes a lot longer to accomplish, than does tearing down.
A comparison of 2 Peter 2 and the Epistle of Jude (offered to help you study both books).
The issue Romans 14 concerns one of our favorite sports: How and when should Christians meddle in each other’s lives?
Thoughts on life after children fly the nest.
In Romans 13:8-14, Paul explains what it means to be able to live as people who are free to love one another and free of self-recrimination, guilt, uncertainty, or doubt. The passage speaks of freedom from debt and freedom from darkness.
Think about what you’d wish for if you had a genie. Think about what you pray for. How similar are they? As Christians, we often approach God in prayer as if He were a big blue genie. Contrast “prayer as wish-fulfillment” with the Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1.
In Romans 13, Paul continues in his application of how we should live in light of the gospel. In this often-discussed and debated passage, he explains how to be good citizens: submission, fearlessness and conscience.
Today we often seek preachers who tell us stories, make us laugh, and tickle our ears with poetry and platitudes. We would rather listen to Jon Stewart than Jonathan Edwards. We ought to think critically about how far we have slipped down the slope of valuing style over substance. Consider Paul’s warnings to the Corinthians.
In part, Romans 9-11 is an explanation of how people can be caught in spiritual pride and how the advantages of knowing about God and His truth can be twisted into something that actually drives us away from God.