Hate Your Family
The Point: Loving Jesus should be so intense it makes everything else look like hate.
Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
Forbes magazine published the statistics on how many people accomplish their New Year’s resolutions. Less than 25% of people stay committed to the resolutions they make after 30 days. Only 8% accomplish their goals.
Say: Many of us might make resolutions at times. Following all the way through and keeping the resolutions is a different thing. Then call attention to Question #1 (What are some things people start but don’t finish?) and invite the group to respond.
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Study the Bible
Use the following information to supplement Question #2
Baptist Press recently told the story of Ashley Virto, who is now 24 and serves with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board in training Spanish-language VBS (Vacation Bible School) leaders. Virto explains how she was raised in a Catholic family. But she attended VBS as a young teen at The Way, The Truth, and The Life Baptist Church, a Hispanic congregation in Ripley, Mississippi. Virto says she first came to church because of the church’s bus ministry. Her mom allowed her to ride the bus to VBS. “So, I just went. It looked like a lot of fun,” says Virto. At VBS, Virto became a believer, praying to receive Jesus in her heart. “I didn’t know what I was doing at the time, but I did it,” she says. “I told Him in my prayer, ‘I don’t know who You are, but I want You to show me who You are.” The church followed up with Virto after VBS was over. She became involved in church activities. Soon her mother because a Christian too.
Say: Ashley Virto was first attracted to Jesus because of a church bus ministry and fun at VBS. Then call attention to Question #2 (Why do you think many people are initially attracted to Jesus?) and invite the group to respond.
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— Donna McKinney wrote these Leader Extras. Donna is retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in North Carolina.
- Do you prefer a menu with a long list of options or one with fewer choices? Why?
- When do you appreciate having several options to choose from? What criteria do you use to make your decision?
- What hobby, team, or area of interest would you say you’re devoted to? What makes it so appealing?
- How should we understand the instruction to “hate” your family and your own life?
- Why do you suppose Jesus used such strong statements like “hate” and “bear his own cross”?
- What words or phrases would you use to describe a follower of Jesus?
- What do these verses teach us about the cost of following Christ?
- What cost of following Christ seems especially challenging in your current season of life?
- What are some benefits you’ve experienced as a result of following Christ?
Luke 14: 34-35
- When have you recently seen someone’s actions or words give a positive testimony for Christ?
- Where do you currently have an opportunity to be a positive witness for Christ?
- What opportunities exist for your Bible study group to be a positive witness for Christ?
Send the following link to your group members as either a teaser before the group meets or as a follow-up thought:
Here’s a brief video giving you an overview of this session: He Said What? Session 6.
This article complements the study. Share this link with your group members.
- HomeLife – Love-Hate Relationship