Review and Discuss
Quick Questions about Honoring God, Women in Ministry, and Using Symbols
Years ago, Christians spoke of "fearing God" the way we speak of "honoring God." What are some of the aspects of popular Christianity that still reflect this "fear" of God?
Different religious denominations and traditions divide the Ten Commandments in different ways. What does that say about the current trend in posting the Ten Commandments in public buildings?
Any time you have a group of people worshipping together you will develop rules, by-laws, and policies. Sometimes these rules become limiting as they did when they refused to recognize the public ministries of women. What can you do to make sure that the rules you will follow do not create contradictions with the liberation taught in Scripture?
Sojourner Truth responded to a man who said her sermons were no more than a flea bite, by saying, "Maybe not, but the Lord willing, I'll keep you scratching." What did she mean that she wanted to keep him scratching? Why would a preacher want to have a sermon continually annoy the listener?
Occasionally we have visitors who do not speak English. What do you think they know about what we believe, hope, and practice by the time they leave? Consider the architecture, the decoration, the music, and the congregation's actions.