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Chapter 10: The Not-Very-Persecuted Church Today

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Questions 10.1:

1. How does Christianity in other cultures look different than American Christianity?

2. In what ways do you seem just like other Americans?

3. In what ways are you different because of your faith in Christ?

4. Are there places where God is calling you to look more foolish and weak for the sake of loyalty to Christ?

Think about the culture of the church, the culture of those outside the church, the culture of other countries. What does Jesus look like in each of those places?

Notice, this week, the different cultures that surround you. How could you incarnate Jesus in each of these places?

Questions 10.2:

1. When has living in Christ led you to feel foolish?

2. When has living in Christ led you to look weak?

3. Have you ever done something foolish or looked weak and realized later that it wasn’t for the sake of God’s mission but rather to draw attention to yourself or to compete with other Christians?

4. Are you risking your reputation in the choices you are making for Christ today?

We need the Holy Spirit as he reveals himself in community to help us figure out when to accept suffering for the sake of mission and when to walk away.

Notice, this week, how you might live on mission.

Questions 10.3:

Do you have someone who could be your accountability partner.

1. What was God’s mission for you this week? 

2. In what ways have you been able to cooperate with that mission?

3. What has gotten in the way of you cooperating with that mission?

4. What weakness or suffering have you offered to God this week?

5. Who else have you noticed cooperating with God’s plan for his or her life this week? 

 

Comments:

Posted by Barbara on
10.1- When I travel in France I notice the wine is a part of Christians' lives. No problem. But here in the US, it is lumped more with alcoholism and not share at most Christian gatherings. My French friends see my house and my 2 cars in the suburbs and think I look like every other American living the 'American dream". What they don't know is that in my family, making money is very important. Most of my siblings have done very well financially. I chose to teach in a Christian school, then stay home with my children to homeschool. I looked very foolish to my siblings. I still do because my retirement plan is not much while they have been working on theirs for years.

10.2 - I believed staying home with my children and homeschooling was a good choice. But I looked foolish for a long time ( and still do, I suppose). I don't know if I have done something foolish just because I thought it was spiritual.....maybe. Generally I am a people-pleaser and I AVOID looking foolish at all costs. :)
I am still risking by teaching in the homeschool community although my family is less critical about it. It has led to some interesting discussions with my nieces and nephews as they choose their jobs. I want them to know that making money is not the only thing in life.
Posted by Barbara on
10.3- God's mission this week was to be with my husband while he wanted to go out for Easter dinner. He was not well and it showed. In fact, it was embarrassing to me and our son. Our son was kind to his dad. I wanted to celebrate Easter, get dressed up and be with friends. But the friends we invited could not come, so it was just the 3 of us. We listened to my husband talk about his sickness and we offered affirmation. He felt loved. But it was tough being out in public with someone who is not stable. We took our usual Easter walk, but my husband became very out of breath. He has lost a lot of ground in the past year. It is sad to see and it was a hard day emotionally. But I offered that to God and I appreciate our son's support.
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