21/07/2013

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Brett: Yeah – if we can see the influence of our non-Christ-following friends on us is stronger than ours on them, then we may need to withdraw a bit. Connect with God a little more strongly or find another Christ-follower who can be with you in those times or hold you accountable. But always with the hope of returning to spend time with them. As you just said, Jesus was one of the hugest examples and if he modelled it, then we should be doing that too. Romans 10v14 is clear: ‘How can they hear unless someone preaches to them?’ That needs to be happening both in word and in our lives. Let’s do that!

Read Romans 10 here: http://bit.ly/10cZUrS

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20/07/2013

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Andrew: One of my favourite Jesus-stories is in Mark 2 when Jesus goes and parties with Levi the tax collector and other ‘sinners’ – like alcoholics and stoners and prostitutes. The religious leaders are furious and can’t understand why Jesus would do that. Then there are the stories about Jesus spending hours alone with his Father, studying the Scriptures and hanging out with believing friends. I think that’s the key to obeying God and to staying holy in unholy places: DON’T withdraw into a safe Christian bubble BUT also don’t withdraw from God. Hang out with non-believing friends and hang out with God and other believers. You cool with that?

Read Mark 2 here: http://bit.ly/12ny7VZ

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19/07/2013

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Brett: Yup, that sounds right. I think Paul is warning Timothy not to be influenced by those people. In John 13v35 Jesus says his disciples will be known by the love they have for each other. It is important that the people of God are not known for the things Paul is speaking of in 2 Timothy 3. But I don’t think that means Jesus is wanting us to avoid those people altogether. How would we fulfil the greatest command in Matthew 22 of loving God AND loving our neighbour if we were never around them? Be IN the world, but don’t let its influence take over.

Read John 13 here: http://bit.ly/11wsmz8

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18/07/2013

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Andrew: Right, so we need to be light IN dark places as we preach with our lives, staying ‘salty’ and different to everyone else by remaining connected to Jesus and other Christians but also mixing it up with people who don’t care much for God. That about right? In 2 Timothy 3v1-5 Paul says there will be people who only love themselves, who think nothing is sacred, who even act religious without meaning it -and a whole bunch of other things. Here’s the advice Paul gives to young Timothy: stay away from those people! Do you think there are people we should just stay clear of? Or was Paul meaning something else?

Read 2 Timothy 3 here: http://bit.ly/13EcNIr

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