Attitude | Group Study

 

Watch the short clips below, and answer the questions associated with each.  You can do this alone - but it's always more fun with a group of friends!

Be sure to read/study the scriptures in each section.  God's word is the standard by which we measure all our thoughts and ideas.

 

1 | BOLOGNA sandwiches

Bologna is often used as a metaphor for foolish behavior that we don't care for.  A possible origin of the expression is that many people don't care for bologna!

Do you like bologna?
What is the one food you cannot stand to eat?

 

 

2 | thumbs up

We've all got an opinion - especially about the things we are passionate about.  YouTube and social media sites make it easy to express our "likes" and "dislikes" about anything and everything.  

As Christians, do we always have freedom to express our opinions?  What responsibilities do we have to turn a conversation towards the positive?

scripture: Proverbs 18:2Ephesians 4:29, James 3:9-10

 

3 | that which defiles

The Pharisees craved the attention of others, so they always had the appearance of holiness even going so far as to add new rules that were almost impossible to follow.  Jesus made it clear that no amount of "rule following" will get you into heaven.  But, (in Matthew 15:17-20) he clearly teaches that there are some things that will defile a person.

So, which is it?  As Christians, do we have rules to follow or not?  Are there do's and don'ts (rules); or do we have complete freedom since we are saved by undeserved grace?

scripture: Matthew 15:17-20, 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 5:13-18

 

 

4 | attitude = success

A good attitude will take us far in life.  It will open doors that would remain shut otherwise.  It will set us up for success in every area of our lives (relationships, work, etc).  A negative attitude has never produced a positive outcome.

Knowing this, why do we still allow ourselves to have negative (thumbs down) attitudes?  Are there certain triggers that produce bad attitudes in your life?  What can you do about them?

scripture: Matthew 5:21-22, Philippians 4:8, Romans 8:1-2