For Further Study:
Community Group Homework
For the week of October 30, 2016
(Questions and Scriptures for further personal study)
1. It can be hard to avoid “playing favorites,” especially when there are certain co-workers, family members, friends, etc. who we get along with better with than others. What can be learned from God’s view of favoritism that could help us when we’re tempted to play favorites?
Acts 10:34 – 35
Romans 2:6 – 13
Romans 10:12 – 13
In what area of your life would it be most challenging to follow God’s example of not playing favorites?
2. One of the ways we can avoid favoritism is to learn to appreciate people who are more challenging for us to get along with and to strive to see them in a different light. Read Ephesians 4:1-3 and write down Paul’s instruction about how we can bridge some of our differences and unify in Christ.
Which of these behaviors presents the biggest challenge to you if you were to put all the behaviors in the above verses into action?
3. One of the more subtle ways of evaluating our personal relationship with God is taking a look at how we treat his people. What do the following verses have to say about how our treatment of others impacts our relationship with God?
1 John 3:17
1 John 4:12
1 John 4:20