When Relationships Collide Session 4: ­­­­­­­­­Live It Out option for Boomers

As group members determine their own non-negotiables, share this information from LifeWay Research Professing Christians progressing toward spiritual maturity have a firmer grasp on important doctrinal positions.

 

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  • 71% agree that God is just and sin has to be punished.
  • 58% disagree that a person sincerely seeking God can obtain eternal life through another religion besides Christianity.
  • 75% disagree that the God of the Bible is no different from any other gods or spiritual beings.
  • 82% agree that the Bible is the written Word of God and totally accurate in all that it teaches.

Ask:

  1. Why do you think a person’s belief about these statements reflects his spiritual maturity?
  2. What does the way a person expresses these convictions say about his spiritual maturity?

 

We want to hear from you! What things did the boomers in your class or small group discover about how they can stand their ground in certain conflicts?

Lynn PryorOptions for Boomers for this unit were written by Lynn Pryor. Lynn is the Editorial Project Leader for Bible Studies for Life. He and his wife Mary live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Comments

  1. Virgil Smith says:

    I am trying to witness to an individual who deeply believes that “there are many roads/religions beside Christianity that will get a person to heaven.” Despite citation of “I am the way, the truth, and the light, and no one comes to the Father except by me” declaration of Jesus, I get pushback through “in my Father’s house are many mansions” and “surely a God of Love would not punish those who seek another way.” Can you offer me some resources/Scripture/etc to counter this claim? Thank you.
    Virgil P.S. What happened to the article “Rejected Values: I taught you better than that” referenced in Bible Studies for Life for Nov. 3? I have been unable to find it on the Articles site.

    • James Jackson says:

      Hello Virgil! First, the easy question: here’s the link to the Rejected Values article: http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/rejected-values/

      Now, for the not so easy answer: Acts 4:12 is another one of my favorite verses related to the exclusivity of Christ: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to us by which we must be saved.” I also think it’s helpful to put the “In my Father’s house are many mansions (or “rooms”, in other translations) in its proper context: In John 14, Jesus was speaking to an audience that understood that when a man wanted to marry, he would begin building an addition on to his father’s house. Literally “preparing a place” for his bride. And when the place was ready, he would come and get her, so that “where he was, there should could also be.” Don’t miss that these are the verses that come immediately before John 14:6: No one comes to the Father except by Me.”

      Jesus had already compared the kingdom to a wedding banquet in which many were invited, but few were chosen, and the one who was not wearing the proper wedding clothes was thrown outside, into the darkness.” (Mt. 22:1-11). And in Revelation 19, there is a beautiful picture of the wedding feast of the Lamb. All this to say, a marriage is an exclusive relationship. There aren’t “many roads to marriage.” Jesus is inclusive in that He invites everyone to be joined to Him. But when we are joined with Him, there is the expectation that we “forsake all others.” When you put the “many rooms in My Father’s House” passage into the proper context, you realize that those rooms are for those who have joined themselves to Christ– not to anyone else.

      I hope that helps. And I hope this starts a conversation with other people that follow this blog. Thanks for asking!

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