September 11, 2022
Main idea: Holiness pervades all.
Q1: What does "gospel" mean?
A1: Good news
Which of the following foods are "good"? Which are "bad"?
How did you classify the foods? That is, what made a food good or bad?
Can you think of times when you used food to honor God? Dishonor God?
Skim Leviticus 11 and give some examples of clean and unclean animals in each sphere.
Why don't Christians follow these food laws?
Even though Christians don't follow these food laws, what could be some of the benefits of constantly considering if your food was allowed by God? Why?
At the same time, what could be some of the downsides? (See Matthew 23:23-27.)
Read Leviticus 11:45.
Need other questions? Use this set of generic questions to (1) explore different angles and (2) learn to study the Bible for yourself- Summarize how your supply was used- Summarize how your supply was used.
God calls us to follow him with all of our life. That is, we cannot give God just part of our lives. Indeed, listen to Jesus:
“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:34–35)
With that in mind, read aloud the following excerpts and then discuss the questions which follow:
Hey Christian, are you in danger of quiet quitting your faith?
You know what quiet quitting is, don’t you?
Quiet quitting is a response to the “bring your whole self to work” mantra. Employees are saying “Enough is enough!, I’m going to do as much work as I need to to get by in the workplace, but that’s it.” Employers are apparently asking for too much, and people are declaring that their life outside their job is far more important than their job. Important enough to save the bulk of their energies for it. So they quiet quit.
Quiet quitting the Christian life is the third soil that Jesus speaks of: those who bear no fruit because of the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things. Or as we might put it today “everyday life”.
Quiet quitters are those who just can’t come out and say they’re quitting, because they don’t actually think they are.
Over time they silently and almost surreptitiously allow the things of this age to become more important. And that’s almost imperceptible. It’s often a result of taking a good thing and making it a god thing. Of taking something that, in its right place can occupy a certain amount of one’s time and space, and letting it fill more time and more space, until eventually it starts to squeeze other things out.
The cares of the world, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things. Cares, deceits and desires. When we watch people quiet quit the faith, it’s got a certain pattern. They stop spending time with the people of God. Weekly becomes fortnightly becomes monthly, becomes occasionally, becomes brunch of Sunday mornings with friends, and before you know it, you’re done.
And how does it feel to quiet quit? it feels okay! It feels great in fact. And why wouldn’t it? Many’s the time I’ve been driving to church and looking across at a busy cafe of people who seem to be as happy as I (happier?) and going “I wish!”
And for quiet quitters, while those first few months of cutting out one of the more time-consuming, energy-sapping and people-overloading aspects of your life can induce guilt, that goes away! You’ll find yourself on the other side of the Homer Simpson hedge feeling pretty good! You’ll meet new people who will NEVER ask you how your spiritual life is going or lovingly call out your tendency to gossip or badmouth someone.
And of course, the reason given for leaving church is just how over-busy and all-consuming it is. But nature abhors a vacuum. That time will be filled with other things. What other things? Well, cares, deceits and desires of course. There’s a tendency to dial up other activities and events, often good activities and events, that then become the primary focus.
What encouraged, challenged, or confused you in these excerpts?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how tempted are you to quiet quit your faith?
How would you know if you were actually quietly quitting?
Brainstorm five ways to encourage one another against quietly quitting this week.
📋 Saturday, September 24th - Join the English membership class to learn about committing to the local church.
❤️ Saturday, October 1st from 10 am to 2 pm – Serve others by giving blood.
🍁 Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th – Youth Fall Retreat
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