Involvement in a Small Group gives you and your family the opportunity to create deep personal connections with other Christian families. While you & your family are forging new relationships & being encouraged to grow spiritually; a Small Group is an ideal environment to welcome others to connect and receive the gospel message. Contact our Small Group Ministry Leader, John Rakestraw, or Sam Pace with questions.
Small Groups will kick off on Sunday Sept 12th.
A Note to Parents:
Choose a set of questions:
Select answers together as you read the chapters.
Rest on this promise of His Word:
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:10, 11
ANSWER KEYS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE RESOURCE ROOM
Questions taken from SAMPLE TESTS of a past Northeast Colorado Bible Bowl
There is a very large range of reasons why one might feel offended. The feelings experienced might also run the gamut of emotions. The behavior of others could cause us annoyance, displeasure, irritation, sadness, pain, resentment or anger. When an action violates criminal, religious or moral laws, we will probably experience many of these emotions and feel very offended. When someone neglects, abuses or murders innocent children it is nearly impossible to stifle our reactions of repulsion and repugnance.
When the Godhead created all things in the beginning, they declared it, “…very good.” (Gen 1:31) However, they were obviously greatly offended by mankind’s denial, disrespect and disobedience (Gen 6:5-7). Enough so that they destroyed all but 8 souls from the earth (Gen 6: 13,18). At various times during the 40 year period in the wilderness God sent a plague or the angel of death to kill the rebellious and evil people with whom He was offended and disgusted. In the first church in Jerusalem Ananias and Sapphira offended and lied to the Holy Spirit and were put to death. All people offend God at times and Christians are only justified through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ which saves us when we have offended the Godhead (Rom 3:23-25).
God’s people have frequently had to live among foreigners with different cultures and behaviors. They were no doubt offended by the idol worship and licentiousness of the Egyptians, Babylonians and other nations. Unfortunately, often times they didn’t stay offended and adopted these same behaviors.
Sometimes Christians should be offended because they are offended. Recently I was attempting to return home via my usual route but was unable because of a huge crowd of people crossing in the middle of the street. They were from a new Mosque and were Moslem adherents. I am now embarrassed and sad that I was offended by such a small inconvenience. Since I felt no Christian group would be allowed to assemble, let alone disrupt traffic in most Moslem countries, my initial response was to be offended. I momentarily forgot Jesus’ command, “…Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt 22:39)
We will always be living among people who don’t believe or act as we feel God desires. However, we must refrain from becoming offended and try our best to treat them the way we would like to be treated (Mt 7:12) (Col 4:5) (1 Tim 3:7). Our life in Christ may be simple, but it is never easy (Lk 9:32).