Friday, January 23, 2009

What Makes You Different? (Matthew 5:13)

What is the most unique experience you have every had? What made it so unique?

As a group, read Matthew 5:13-16.

The theme of the three “pictures” used by Jesus seems to be focused on “uniqueness”. A city on a hill and a light in the dark stand out from their surroundings because of their uniqueness.

Give an example of a situation in which it would be good to be unique?

Why and how should Christians be unique? Are there times Christians should not be unique? How can you find the right balance?

As a group, read 1 Peter 2:11,12. The two key instructions of this passage are to “abstain from sinful desires” and to “live among the pagans (the world)”. Unfortunately sometimes Christians don’t quite get these two concepts right. Use the next two questions to talk about examples of Christians getting Peter’s instructions confused.

What is an example of someone who chooses to “abstain” from the world?

What is an example of someone who chooses to “live among” their evil desires?

The key is for Christians to find the balance of living IN THE WORLD while continuing to ABSTAIN from the sinful desires that come with the world.

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus contrasts salt with sand (sand is not good for anything except being trampled on). What is the major difference between salt and sand? If salt is not “salty” is it any different than sand?

Salt without saltiness is useless. What would it mean for someone to be a “useless Christian”?

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