This was the last discussion of the year:
Lesson: Be different for God... The God who loves you..
OK we gotta be different in how we act, how we think, how we move..
The world says that success is being rich. What do we say? Luk 12:33 Sell all your belongings and give the money to the poor. Provide for yourselves purses that don't wear out, and save your riches in heaven, where they will never decrease, because no thief can get to them, and no moth can destroy them.
The world says we gotta have a fast car or we are losers. What do we say? Luk 12:20 But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself ? ' " And Jesus concluded, "This is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God's sight."
The world says you must swear to be cool. What do we say? No insults or obscene talk must ever come from your lips.
The world says we must get even, get revenge. What do we say? Rom 12:19 Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God's anger do it. For the scripture says, "I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord."
The world says that we must have a cool cellphone. What do we say? C'mon, be different!!!
Luk 12:22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, "And so I tell you not to worry about the food you need to stay alive or about the clothes you need for your body.
Gal 5:26 We must not be proud or irritate one another or be jealous of one another.
The world says that we must drink to show we're tough. What do we say?
Pro 23:31 Don't let wine tempt you, even though it is rich red, and it sparkles in the cup, and it goes down smoothly. The next morning you will feel as if you had been bitten by a poisonous snake.
The world says that church is stupid. What do we say?
1Co 1:25 For what seems to be God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and what seems to be God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
1Co 1:20 So then, where does that leave the wise? or the scholars? or the skillful debaters of this world? God has shown that this world's wisdom is foolishness!
The world says that Christians are troublemakers and woeses. What do WE SAY!!!!
1Jn 3:13 So do not be surprised, my friends, if the people of the world hate you.
Joh 15:18 "If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated me first. If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it; that is why the world hates you.
The world says that preachers are just in it to make money. What do we say? 1Co 3:5 After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? We are simply God's servants, by whom you were led to believe. Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. The one who plants and the one who waters really do not matter. It is God who matters, because he makes the plant grow.
The world says that you gotta look after yourself b4 anyone else. What do we say?
Rom 13:10 If you love others, you will never do them wrong; to love, then, is to obey the whole Law.
1Jn 3:10 Here is the clear difference between God's children and the Devil's children: those who do not do what is right or do not love others are not God's children.
The world says Trust No One. What do we say? Jer 17:7 "But I will bless the person who puts his trust in me.
The world says that there's no life after death. What do we say? Joh 5:24 "I am telling you the truth: those who hear my words and believe in him who sent me have eternal life. They will not be judged, but have already passed from death to life.
The world says If it feels good, do it! What do we say? Self control, think of others. Pro 5:22 The sins of the wicked are a trap. They get caught in the net of their own sin. They die because they have no self-control. Their utter stupidity will send them to their graves.
The world says Do unto others then split! What do we say? 1Jn 4:20 If we say we love God, but hate others, we are liars. For we cannot love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love others, whom we have seen.
The world says Get real – religion is for dreamers. What do we say? Col 2:17 All such things are only a shadow of things in the future; the reality is Christ.
The world says There's no such thing as God. What do we say?
Psa 14:1 Fools say to themselves, "There is no God!" They are all corrupt, and they have done terrible things; there is no one who does what is right.
The world says Don't make waves – just go with the flow. What do we say? 2Pe 3:11 Since all these things will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people should you be? Your lives should be holy and dedicated to God,
The world says we don't need God. What do we say? 1Jn 1:9 But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.
Jesus says Believe in me and you will be saved. What does the world say? No! We'll do it on our own!!
PEOPLE AROUND YOU; FRIENDS, RELATIVES, WORKMATES, ETC WILL TRY TO SQUEEZE YOU INTO THEIR WAY OF THINKING – BUT BE DIFFERENT. BE NOTICED. BE PURE. LET THEM SEE GOD IN YOU.
The BOTTOM LINE
Don't follow the crowd
Follow God. Be Different.