For Further Study
Week of June 4, 2017
1. When it comes to the stupid things Christians fight over, people are tempted to set themselves up as “spiritual watchdogs” (checking up on other people’s behavior) or “pit bulls” (not letting go of a pet belief). If you’ve ever experienced someone playing one of these roles in your life, what happened in that situation and how did you feel/respond?
As you look at your own life, can you think of times when you’ve made the mistake of playing either of these roles in other people’s lives?
What insights do you find in Matthew 7:1-5 on this subject?
2. One of the ramifications of leaving some things to God and avoiding becoming accidental Pharisees is the importance of maintaining unity with other believers. In Ephesians 4:1-6, Paul addresses the issue of Christian unity. What kind of attitudes and actions does Paul write about that are needed to maintain unity?
Are there any of these attitudes or actions that you need to work on or that are lacking in your life?
How does Ephesians 4:7-13 express the idea that unity can and does include a whole lot of diversity?
3. One of the implications of the parable of the “wheat and tares” is that there will always be a presence of evil in the world. Evil will only be completely removed at the end of this age. How could the following passages help you face and deal with the evil that still resides in our world today?