Hi, this is Noel. Today Denise is going to talk about the 3rd influence that can kill your desire for God, Taking Offense, and I will help you practice 4-Step Bible study with the 8th example. Here's Denise.
(You can either read the Lesson or watch the video. To take notes either print out the Lesson, follow along in the book, or use a separate piece of paper to write out the answers to the questions below.)
Desire Killer: Taking Offense
We have pointed out a couple of Desire Killers--Deceitful Desires and Futile Thinking--that can sabotage your desire to know God. The next Desire Killer to watch out for is found in Mark 4 and John 6.
6. We have mentioned two Desire Killers to watch out for:
The third Desire Killer is
The third Desire Killer is described in Mark 4:19-20 and John 6:53-56,60-61,66.
Mark 4:19-20 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop-thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown. (NIV)
John 6:53-56,60-61,66 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him."
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?" Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?"
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (NIV)
The third Desire Killer that can stall your desire for God is Taking Offense. We are vulnerable for Taking Offense because we don't have God's perspective. We don't have all the information. We should withhold judgment and take that thought captive.
In John 6 the disciples heard Jesus say they needed to "Eat my flesh and drink my blood" and went "eww... That sounds like cannibalism." They got on their moral high horse pretty quickly, deciding they understood Jesus, and they concluded He was wrong. They were quick to Take Offense.
Jesus gave them a chance to clear up their misconception. He said, "Does this offend you?" But, they were too sure they understood and turned away, never to follow Him again.
We can Take Offense too. When evil triumphs and we don't understand what is going on, we can Take Offense. When we suffer loss and heartache, we can judge God and turn away. Sometimes we don't even admit that we have Taken Offense. We just subtly turn back and gradually leave God. But it is because we Took Offense.
The answer to this challenge is not complex but it requires some patience. When we feel tempted to Take Offense, we should remember that we don't have all the information.
Instead of deciding that we see all the issues clearly and quickly judging God, we should remind ourselves of His love, character, and trustworthiness. Then we should take our judgmental thought captive.
7. When we feel tempted to Take Offense we should remember that we do not have
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Skill Time: 4-Step Bible Study (example 8)
Here is the 8th example of 4-Step Bible study. Since this is a longer passage, don't be as detailed in your Fact gathering. Rather, follow the story and write down the main Facts of the story as it unfolds.
Mark 2:2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them.
Mark 2:3 And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men.
Mark 2:4 Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying.
Mark 2:5 And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
Mark 2:6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
Mark 2:7 "Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?"
Mark 2:8 Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, "Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?
Mark 2:9 "Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven'; or to say, 'Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk'?
Mark 2:10 "But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--He said to the paralytic,
Mark 2:11 "I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home."
Mark 2:12 And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this." (NASB)
Step 1: Facts ~ What do you see in the passage?
Step 2: Lessons ~ What can you learn from the passage?
Step 3: Challenges ~ Restate each Lesson as a question that challenges you
Step 4: Response ~ Write out how you respond to what God is saying to you
Watch the video or check the answers below to compare your answers with what we came up with.
Next time, Denise will summarize chapter 4, Walking Toward the Help, and I will go over the 9th example of 4-Step Bible study.
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