Part 1: Bear with One Another
Series: For One Another: What Jesus Wants Us to Be Famous For
Key Passage: Colossians 3:12-13
Speaker: Nate Wagner
How does the reputation of Christians in our culture contrast with what Jesus said He wanted us to be famous for?
Talk about your own experiences with a Christian community, either from growing up in the church or from an outsider’s perspective (i.e. what you perceived the church was all about). Be honest about any hurts and fears as a result of these experiences.
Study Read Eph 4:1-6 & Col 3:12-14 Together
How would you explain Paul’s intent behind “live a life worthy of the calling you have received”?
What are the implications of Paul saying that the primary way that we “live a life worthy of the calling you have received” is to be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love?
Think of a time when you experienced (or are experiencing) the deliberate sin/offense/wound of a believer.
In some capacity, did you respond with direct or indirect retaliation? How did that affect the situation?
How could you have responded more biblically?
Why is it so hard to bless your enemies?
Why is "biblical retaliation" (forgiveness of others) a redemptive gift more than a moral goal?
We’re using more words than ever before, and we’re thinking less about them than ever before. That's cause for concern because our words can either build someone up or tear them down.
We hold grudges for days, months, or sometimes years. And the longer we hold a grudge, the more it has a hold on us.
Darkness can’t drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In what areas have your “one another muscles” atrophied over last few years: mouth, hook, boxes, scale, or spur?
What priorities do you need to change to better bear with others right now?
Who needs your forbearance right now?