7 Churches | week 7: Spit It Out
If you injure or overwork your muscles, a trainer might prescribe a hot pack to loosen them up. They may also recommend an ice pack to reduce the swelling. Either way, the result is a positive one and brings relief. Have you ever heard anyone say, “just put something tepid on those sore muscles and you will feel great in no time?” It’s kind of like coffee, tea, or soup; hot and cold are what we find most desirable. The same goes in life, we want people we can count on who will go all out. A wishy washy friend is never helpful nor can they be counted on when the chips are down. As followers of Jesus, it is important to be prepared to “give a reason for the hope you have” and to be ready to share the gospel “in season and out.”
READ Matthew 5:37
All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
READ this passage again and consider these related questions.
What does mean to say “your word is your bond”?
What other kind of answer is there besides ‘yes’ or ‘no’?
Why is so difficult to make plans or preparations when you don’t have definite answer to a question?
Read Revelation 3:14-22
1. Look at the description of Jesus in v.14. How do you think that relates to the problem of being lukewarm?
2. What is the difference between complacency and contentment?
3. What is the link between the charges against the church in vv.15-16 and v.17?
Read Mark 10:17-23
4. Was the actual wealth of the young man the underlying problem?
5. Use Rev 3:17 to explain the story from Mark 10?
6. What is Jesus recommending to the Laodiceans in v.18?
7. Analyze v19. Do you see any of these: grace, care, kindness, the Gospel?
8. Discuss the link between verses 20 and 21. How can you connect that to the message of v.19?