| 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 | DEMOLITION
From the time we are little, we start developing individual preferences about what is fun and what is not fun.
Some kids naturally want to build with the legos, and some just want to knock it all down. Which one were you? Preschool builder or destroyer? ;)
2 | building material
Pastor Pat uses the metaphor of living stones to make the point that we (the living stones that make up the church) aren't cut naturally perfect.
The amazing thing about the church is that we are constantly looking for more stones that are imperfect. Every other organization on earth is looking for the best of the best. We are open to everyone, and often appeal to the worst of the worst.
What can we do as the people of the church to make sure hurting, imperfect people see the church as a refuge?
3 | healthy destruction
When we're in demolition mode, it can be easy to take things too far. The same is true when we start helping or counseling others about their "issues."
Sometimes we wish others would simply "give everything to Jesus." Meaning, we wish they would stop doing the things we disapprove of. In our zeal, sometimes we can easily forget that we are all works in progress.
When you came to Christ, did you give everything over all at once? How do we help newer believers with "healthy destruction?"
scripture: 1 Peter 2:2-3, 1 Thessalonians 5:11
4 | self destruction
Pastor Pat points out that self destruction is not a good thing - but the Holy Spirit knows exactly how to use the tools.
Scripture says that God wants to mold us and shape us. To make us into the image of Jesus. This all requires work/construction/destruction.
How do we know what the Holy Spirit wants us to change or construct or destruct?