For My Personal Time With God This Week:
[#1] Reread Ephesians 2, as Paul confronts the wall of hostility and hate and proclaims that Jesus has torn it down with his body on the cross (v. 14). What do you think Paul means by this? What insights from this chapter can you apply to the modern-day hatred you see in the world around you?
[#2] Get a sampling for the hatred of the day from the Bible in John 4 (note vs. 9 & 27); Acts 10 (note v. 28); Acts 11 (note vs. 2,3,8,9,18); and Galatians 2:11-21 (note vs. 11-12). What do you see? How is it different from the prejudice and hatred we see in our culture today? How is it similar?
[#3] Read the story of Paul confronting hatred, and all that happened as a result, in Acts 21-26. What stands out to you about His obedience to God here? Could you have done what Paul did? Why/why not?
[#4] Take a few minutes to watch the videos about racial segregation in the United States, and the modern-day religious hatred in the ISIS videos by Michael Chang in the online sermon notes at gracetucson.org/bible. Better yet, watch them with a friend or family member and talk about them afterward, discussing what Christ might be asking of you.