1) The Barna Group poll taken in 2006 states that 2 out of 5 people in the US have little or no respect for Christians. The same poll states that 1 out of 3 people believe that the Church has a negative impact on society. When asked the question, “What are Christians best known for?” 91% said Anti-homosexual, 87% said Judgmental, and 85% said Hypocritical. Think about any experience you may have had with someone holding to the same opinions as the people in 2006.
2) 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “In their case the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Questions: 1) What does this verse say? 2) How do you think Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers?
3) 2 Corinthians 11:3 says, “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by His cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from the sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” How does Satan deceive us believers?
4) Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.” This may be a tough question to answer: Could you say that your good works are giving more glory to your Father in Heaven or to yourself? Why or why not?
5) Matthew 5:13-16 says that we are to be salt and light in this world. Salt prevents decay (speak truth) and light shows a better way to live (sharing unconditional love). We Christians are supposed to represent both salt and light. Would you say that your life represents more “saltiness,” more “shininess,” or good balance of the two? Why or why not?