Understanding Part 3 - Understanding Culture

Text: 1 Corinthians 5:6-6:11

This last Sunday Pastor Chip shared about the dramatic changes that our culture has undergone in regards to morality, family, sexuality, and more. Most of the changes come back to two questions. 1. Is truth relative or absolute? 2. Is scripture culturally interpreted or is it the authority for our lives? Pastor Chip walked us through what has brought our culture to it's present condition and gave us action steps for how we can engage with it. 

GROUP CONNECTION

Target time: 5-10 minutes

What is a significant cultural change that you have experienced in your lifetime? (technology, communication, sexuality, marriage, etc...)

STUDY/DISCUSSION

Target time: 45-50 minutes

Small Group Leaders - The last study guide before the summer break starts will be published next week on May 30th. These sermon-based study guides will start again with the Fall launch in September. Have a wonderful summer!

 

  • Why do you think so much has changed in the last 50-70 years when it comes to morals, values, and sexuality?

Look at the graphic below. It shows the present symptoms, the past philosophical ideals, and the foundational question that will shape the future of our society. 

  • Which of the symptoms do you think is most damaging to our society? Why?
  • What philosophical or spiritual root problem is connected to that symptom?
  • What do you think is the one critical problem, both inside and outside the church, for our society?
    • Our view of Scripture

Read 1 Cor. 5:12-13

  • How would you define "judge"? What kind of "judging" is acceptable? How do you "judge" someone within the church?

Read James 5:19-20 and Matt. 18:15-17. 

  • How do these verses support or challenge your view of judging?
    • Leaders- ask the question below if you have extra time.
      • How can you explain judging to someone who quotes Matt. 7:1 as an explanation for why you "shouldn't" judge them?
        • Matt. 7:1- "Do not judge, or you too will be judged"

Read Matthew 5:6-16

    • This passage calls us to be Righteous, endure Persecution, and Do Good Deeds. 
    • What good deeds can you do this week that will guide people towards glorifying God?

    Live It Out:

    Pastor Chip gave us three action steps that we can take as we engage with our culture in a constructive way. Pick one of these three ideas below. share some specifics with the group about how you can live this out this week. 

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    Prayer Time:

    Pray for our culture to come to know the saving power of Jesus' resurrection. Pray for God to show you places and even individual people whom you can impact for God. 

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