Young Adults

The Young Adult Bible Study (YABS), for anyone post-High School/College, 20s or 30s, meets on Wednesday Nights at 7:30pm at Andrew's house (Weston Village), starting Sept 9.  

Contact Andrew (ak112358@gmail.com or 484-802-6295) for more info.

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  • Friday, November 8, 2013 - 2:00pm

    Here's some notes from our discussion on chapter 3.

     

    "When Jesus tells us to become like little children, He is inviting us to forget what lies behind. Little John Dyer has no past. Whatever we have done in the past, be it good or evil, great or small, is irrelevant to our stance before God today. It is only now that we are in the presence of God." (p. 54)
     
    • Why is it so hard to accept that we are accepted?

     

    "The danger with our good works, spiritual investments, and all the rest of it is that we can construct a picture of ourselves in which we situate our self-worth. Complacency then replaces sheer delight in God’s unconditional love. Our doing becomes the very undoing of the ragamuffin gospel." (p. 58).
     
    • How can we guard agains complacency?
    • How would you define complacency as it refers to Christian community?  and, complacency about what?

     

    "When our inner child is not nurtured and nourished, our minds gradually close to new ideas, unprofitable commitments, and the surprises of the Spirit. Evangelical faith is bartered for cozy, comfortable piety. A failure of nerve and an unwillingness to risk distorts God into a Bookkeeper, and the gospel of grace is swapped for the security of religious bondage." (p. 65).
     
    "If we maintain the open-mindedness of children, we challenge fixed ideas and established structures, including our own. We listen to people in other denominations and religions. We don’t find demons in those with whom we disagree. We don’t cozy up to people who mouth our jargon. If we are open, we rarely resort to either/or—either creation or evolution, liberty or law, sacred or secular, Beethoven or Madonna. We focus on both/and, fully aware that God’s truth cannot be imprisoned in a small definition. Of course, the open mind does not accept everything indiscriminately—Marxism and capitalism, Christianity and atheism, love and lust, Moët Chandon and vinegar. It does not absorb all propositions equally like a sponge, nor is it as soft. But the open mind realizes that reality, truth, and Jesus Christ are incredibly open-ended."  (p. 66)
     
    • What is the danger of indescriminate acceptance?
    • What is the danger of overly-descriminate unacceptance?
     
     
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    Quotes from Manning, Brennan (2008-08-19). The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out. The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

     

  • Friday, October 25, 2013 - 11:12pm

    Here's some notes from our discussion on chapter 2.

     

    "Creation discloses a power that baffles our minds and beggars our speech. We are enamored and enchanted by God’s power. We stutter and stammer about God’s holiness. We tremble before God’s majesty…and yet we grow squeamish and skittish before God’s love." (pp. 35-36)

    • Psalm 8

     

    "But trust in the God who loves consistently and faithfully nurtures confident, free disciples." (p. 41)

    • Doesn't that sound GREAT!!??!!   confident and free!
    • If you follow God, when have you experienced being a confident and free disciple?  when haven't you?

     

    "A friend of mine once told me years ago that the one thing that made her uneasy about heaven is that she won’t get to choose her table companions at the Messianic banquet." (p. 44)

    • Who wouldn't you want to sit next to at the dinner table in heaven?
    • Who would you be shocked to see in heaven?

     

    "When the religious views of others interpose between us and the primary experience of Jesus as the Christ, we become unconvicted and unpersuasive travel agents handing out brochures to places we have never visited." (pp. 44-45)

    • Describe a time when you've felt like an "unconvicted and unpersuasive travel agent" when talking about the gospel.
    • Head knowledge vs heart knowledge: why is it imporant to pray the Word of God?

     

    "In essence, there is only one thing God asks of us—that we be men and women of prayer, people who live close to God, people for whom God is everything and for whom God is enough. That is the root of peace. We have that peace when the gracious God is all we seek.... When we start seeking something besides Him, we lose it...." (p. 46)

    • "Be still, and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10a
    • "The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love." - Julian of Norwich
    • "God Is Most Glorified in Us When We Are Most Satisfied in Him" - John Piper
    • "Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever." - Westminster Shorter Catechism
    • What are some ways to cultivate an apetite for God and for Him to be our everything?

     

    "Prior to my encounter with Jesus, my personal life was riddled with guilt, shame, fear, self-hatred, and obviously, low self-esteem." (p. 46)

    • Are guilt, shame, fear, self-hatred and low self-esteem "of God"?    NO!
    • Wait... so even guilt over sin is not a good thing.... hmmmm.... How might this change your approach to dealing with sin?

     

    "Over the years, the growing consciousness of radical grace has wrought profound changes in my self-awareness. Justification by grace through faith means that I know myself accepted by God as I am. When my head is enlightened and my heart is pierced by this truth, I can accept myself as I am. Genuine self-acceptance is not derived from the power of positive thinking, mind games, or pop psychology. It is an act of faith in the God of grace." (pp. 48-49)

    • Read that a few times!
    • By His grace, through Jesus, God accepts you the way you are.
    • What is something about yourself-- maybe a desctructive character trait or maybe a gifting that you don't want-- that you have trouble accepting?
    • How does legalism destroy both our acceptance of God's grace and our acceptance of ourselves?

     

    "...anyone who has experienced the love of the Lord of the Dance will tell you: The synonym for monotonous is not boring." (p. 50)

    • How is the love of God "magnificently monotonous"?

     

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    Quotes from Manning, Brennan (2008-08-19). The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out. The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

     

  • Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 2:23pm

    For YABS this Fall (2013) we're reading The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning.  You can read a pdf of the intro and chapter 1 here.

    This past Thursday we discussed Chapter 1 and I thought it might be helpful to post some of the quotes and discussion questions we used for further thought and study.

     

    "'Humph, that airhead didn’t say one thing about what we have to do to earn our salvation!'" (p. 15)

    • What do we have to do to earn our salvation?  (yes, this is a leading question... in the wrong direction...)
    • Ephesians 2:1-10
    • Justification by grace through faith --"the furious love of God"!

     

    "A friend told me she overheard a pastor say to a child, 'God loves good little boys.'" (p. 16)

    • How have you heard "faith by works" promoted?
    • How do we as the church promote "faith by works"?

     

    "To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark...." (p. 24)

    • What parts of your life story have you been hesitant to acknowledge?
    • 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
    • In Silver Linings Playbook, Tiffany has an understanding of this idea.

     

    "Often I have been asked, 'Brennan, how is it possible that you became an alcoholic after you got saved?'" (p. 30)

    • If you're a Christian, what devicive sin have you participated in after coming to faith?

     

    "They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb...." - Rev 7:14b

    • How then can we possibly be justified?
    • Revelation 7:9-17

     

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    Quotes from Manning, Brennan (2008-08-19). The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out. The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.