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.