| 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 | a masterpiece
If we're comparing people to art - every person is a masterpiece. Painted by the greatest painter of all time, carefully sculpted by the gentlest and most precise hands, uniquely crafted by the ultimate creator.
Do you think it's easy or difficult for people to remember this truth? When they look in the mirror, when the contemplate their lives, when they plan for their future?
2 | different strokes
God's brush leaves a unique impression on our canvas. Our own brush looks a little different. Perhaps where God would have painted a precise stroke, we went over an area with a wide, broad stroke. The enemy, and others we allow can also leave paint on our canvas. When we're in unhealthy relationships, a discordant, out of place stroke is left on the canvas.
How many paint brushes are being used on your canvas? How many paint brushes should be painting?
scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
3 | shocked?
Nothing we can admit to doing would shock Jesus. He's looked into the most wicked, vile parts of the human heart millions of times - and every single time he said, "Yes, I want relationship with you too."
For whatever reason, we find it difficult to give "everything" to Jesus. We hold on to little parts of our past, little hidden sins. Sometimes we refuse to deal with the big, embarrassing things from our past.
Why do you think this is difficult?
scripture: Proverbs 28:13
4 | forgiven much
Forgiveness is forgiveness. When someone receives forgiveness from the Father - it's done. The blemish is gone.
As Christians, should we treat people any differently before or after they've been forgiven?
The church seems to have a reputation as being judgmental and unkind towards people who are living in unrepentant sin. Is that how it's supposed to be? If not, how do we change it?