We are having a sleepover in the Sukkah and possibly going to the corn maze weather permitting on Oct 7 at 4pm until Oct 8th 10am. Pillows and blankets are encouraged as they are for the pillow fort in the Sukkah, Nerf guns and ammo are welcome. As usual friends are welcome. Food will be provided, please bring 10. We are helping and encouraged to stay for the Fun Run.
We are having a teen event on September 10. We will be hanging out and cleaning BMC from 12:00pm-6:30pm. We will be cleaning inside and outside of the building. Lunch & dinner will be provided please bring $10. Please bring a towel and wear appropriate cleaning attire. If you feel led you can ask what cleaning products would be appreciated.
Teen's Lifelong Learning
Chapter 13 of Unoffendable:
"The Big Question: What About Injustice?"
1. On p. 93: The author states that we're not supposed to be angry at injustice. What is
2. On p. 93: There is a reminder about Yeshua's command to His disciples in Matt
5:43–44 to "love your enemies." What do you think Yeshua meant by 'love'?
3. From the new free MSI "Love of God" ONLINE course: ‘Love’ is the wondrous,
privileged obligation to act in covenant fidelity (faithfulness), servanthood (service
and instrumental help), and obedience (the responsive carrying out of one’s
covenantal promises and responsibilities) out of gratitude for being in covenant
relationship. In short, love is the action of letting covenant character flow forth in the
nitty-gritty of our everyday lives. Covenant character is revealed in Exo 34:6–7. Cf.
the description of love in 1 Cor 13:1–8.
4. On p. 94: Do we ever think if we're not angry at injustice we're simply accepting it?
5. On p. 94: Discuss: Anger and action are two very different things, and confusing the
two actually hurts our efforts to set things right."
6. On p. 94: Were you surprised to find that people who join causes online are not
more apt to actually do something, but less likely to take action?
7. On p. 94: What did you think of the term 'slacktivism'? What term did the author
think was more accurate?
8. On pp. 94–95: What is the risk of merely "taking stands"? What does the myth of
"righteous anger" impede, and how does it work?
9. On p. 95: Do the men in today's study think anger is an expected masculine trait?
10.On p. 96: Discuss "doing the right thing BECAUSE it is the right thing to do"!
11.On p. 96: If anger is NOT to be what motivates our action, what is?
12.On p. 97: Discuss: You can recognize injustice, stand up to it, even sacrifice your
life fighting it . . . without anger. What's the benefit of that?
13.On p. 98: In order for us to justify our right to anger, we have to what?
14. On p. 99: As a kind of homework for today's discussion, let's make sure we review
what the actions of the sinful nature are in Gal 5:19–21, and how they compare to
the fruit (product or outcome) of the Spirit in Gal 5:22–23.
15. On p. 99: Discuss: "Few ever present the radical implications of what it means to
die to ourselves and what it means to practice a lifestyle of forgiveness." In which
passages of Scripture does Yeshua insist upon this from His disciples?
16. On p. 99: What is the explicit instruction of Eph 4:31? It is a rule for those who are
in the foretaste of the new creation!
17. On pp. 100–101: What do we learn from Martin Luther King Jr. about fighting
injustice without anger? King said that we must __________ the anger of the
opponent, and yet not return _________." What was King's answer to how we may
fight injustice without anger?
18. On p. 101: The author emphasizes that for the Messiah-follower, motives matter.
Note how this is validated by 1 Cor 13:3.
19. On p. 101: What is the name of the book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Bonhoeffer
asserted that anger is an _________ against both _____ and _________! Notice
the differing reactions of Messiah-followers to the fact that Bonhoeffer was involved
in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler.
20. On pp. 102–104: The author balances "waiting on the Lord" with "joyfully working
for justice and mercy." How can we do this?
21. On p. 104: Discuss: "Choosing to be unoffendable, or relinquishing my right to
anger, does not mean accepting injustice." It means what?
Teen's Lifelong Learning
Chapter 12 of Unoffendable:
"Anger's Fun—Except for the Boiling, Blazing, Burning Part"
1. On pp. 85–86: How is anger described in Gen 49:7; Exo 11:8; 15:7; 22:24; Lev 26:28; Deut 7:4; 1 Sam 20:30; 2 Kgs 22:17; 2 Sam 6:8; Job 4:9; 16:9; Psa 2:5; 69:24; Psa 74; Isa 9:12; 30:30; 63:3; and Lam 3:43?
2. On p. 86: Discuss this statement: "If this is, in fact, what we're supposed to do—experience 'righteous anger' whenever we're made aware of one of God's commands being broken—we'll be precisely what the world doesn't need and largely believes we already are: a bunch of uptight, seething hypocrites."
3. On p. 86: What do Eph 4:31 and Col 3:8 direct us to do with anger?
4. On p. 87: Discuss: "All this boiling, piercing, corrosive power becomes part of our lives—and destroys us."
5. On p. 87: What's the point of the story of Justice's obsession with trash?
6. On pp. 87–90: How does the author contrast self-righteousness and the "assessment of others" way of life to the "unoffendable" way of life?
7. On pp. 90–91: What does the story of the author's friend who lost a lot of sleep being angry teach us?
8. On p. 91: Discuss: "God knows how we're wired. He tells us to forgive and to get rid of anger. People made in His image would do well to listen . . . ."
9. On p. 91: Discuss: "It takes a tremendous amount of ___________, and extraordinary "_________ to ______ to hand over this desire for righteous anger."
10. On p. 91: Ultimately, in the end, what is the better thing that God has to offer us in place of constant evaluation, never-ending striving, and relentless assessment of where we, and everyone else, stand?
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Teen's Lifelong Learning
Chapter 11 of Unoffendable: "Atheists, Socialists, and Toast"
1. On p. 79: Is refusing to be put off (offended) by the sin of others one of the ways that we are like Messiah? How are we doing in this area?
2. On pp. 79–80: What is the point of the Lecrae story? Are we supposed to be isolationists?
3. Can you think of examples in the New Covenant Scriptures where Yeshua demonstrates the easy ability to spend time with sinners (those who do not yet know and follow Him), because He knows they will not contaminate Him, but rather He will bring good things to them?
4. On p. 81: The author refers to the "gates of hell", but the text actually reads "the gates of Hades" which was a familiar Jewish expression for being at the threshold of death, or a metaphor for death itself. So Matthew 16:18 is actually referring to death not being able to overpower or prevail against the community of Messiah. This is a correction to the author's understanding from the Messianic Jewish perspective.
5. On p. 81: What does the author mean by "love people where they are, and love them boldly?" What 'caveat' (warning) does the author throw in?
6. On p. 81: What does this statement by Mike Yaconelli mean: "[Messiah-followers] do not condone unbiblical living; we redeem it" and what does Yaconelli's story of the fence moving priest contribute to this book?
7. On pp. 82–83: Isn't it wonderful that God does care about how we behave and what we do to ourselves and others, so much so that He will change us?
8. On p. 83: What is your response to this statement: "If we want the status quo, we don't want Him (God)."
9. On p. 83: What approach works better, trying to change people or introducing people to God who is already reaching toward them right where they are?
10. On p. 84: Ultimately, what are we responsible for and what are we not responsible for?
11. On p. 84: Instead of practicing "disengagement with sinners" we are free to just _______ and _____ people. Discuss.
Teen's Lifelong Learning
Chapter 10 of Unoffendable: "Idea: Let's Punch Brant in the Face"
1. On pp. 71–72: Is the "Smoking Stinks" approach to communication or leading people to Messiah an effective approach? Why or why not?
2. On pp. 72–74: What's the author's point about publicizing our moral accomplishments? Do you agree with the author on this point?
3. On pp. 74–77: Someone retell the story of the author's stealing of $600.00 by radio preparation piracy. How did the "secular broadcaster guy" handle the situation?
4. On pp. 76–77: It's okay to be moral and have our act together isn't it? What the author is critiquing is the person who radiates moral superiority and disapproval of others. Do we understand the difference, and how people are not going to reach out in a crisis to someone who demonstrates moral superiority or disapproval of others?
5. On p. 77: Do you agree that refusing to be offended by others is a powerful door-opener to actual relationships? Share examples of this with the group.
6. On p. 77: Do we love people like Yeshua did/does by loving them without changing them first?
7. On p. 77: Will we leave the changing of people to God?
8. On p. 77: How can I control the behavior of others when I cannot fully control myself? Isn't this a reasonable question that we should ask ourselves?
Teen's Lifelong Learning
Chapter 9 of Unoffendable: "Reverend of the Dumpster"
1. On p. 63: The use of the term "adult magazines" means "pornographic magazines". Can you imagine an addiction that forces you into a dumpster full of trash?
2. On p. 64: In some ways are we all like the Dumpster Pastor, hiding a secret sin or addiction and in desperate need of being forgiven and set free? What are we doing about it?
3. On p. 64: When someone joins AA, they are saying: I can't _________ any longer? And you are joining people right there with you who also don't want to pretend any longer. Will you help ensure that we are a community of non-pretenders set free?
4. On p. 65: When we are living in the reality of the forgiveness and freedom that has been extended to us, isn't it easier not to get angry with others?
5. On pp. 65–66: What does the author mean when he says that we have all been publicly exposed for what we are; that the depth of our brokenness and the extent of our betrayal have changed history?
6. On p. 66: Can gratitude and anger coexist in our hearts?
7. On p. 66: What is Paul's point in Rom 2:1–3 according to the author?
8. On pp. 66–67: Discuss Matt 5:21–22 and 27–28, and the author's statement that "just because you haven't had the opportunity to follow through on what you'd like to do, you're not morally superior to someone who has had the opportunity."
9. On p. 67: Discuss: "We're busted at the bottom of the Dumpster, and then He goes and dies for us."
10, On pp. 67–68: Discuss the story of Matt 18:21–35 which is in a context of forgiveness. What's the point?
11. On pp. 68–70: Why is it incorrect to think that we are capable of "righteous indignation" or "righteous anger"?
12. On p. 69: Adam's very first reaction after Adam and Eve's disobedience was to _________ Eve.
13. On pp. 69–70: What does Yeshua want to do with our self-righteousness?