Off Road Week 5 – A Road Few Are Willing to Travel

Off Road Lesson

Think: What do you think a church can do to be more effective in a community?

Reflect:

Scripture: Romans 12:14-21

NIV: 

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

MSG:

14-16Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
17-19Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
20-21Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

KJV:

14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

How do you bless those who persecute you?

The Bible says to live at peace with everyone. How do you accomplish that with someone who wants a war with you?

Why does Paul say that evil will not be overcome with more evil but with good?

Understand:

What do you think keeps you from being more effective as a Christian?

Surrender:  Without naming the person, is there someone in your life that you believe wants to hurt you?

How would Jesus handle this person?

Take Action:

Discuss which challenge you are accepting this week?

Low Degree: Go out of your way to show kindness to someone who has a different set of values and beliefs.
Medium Degree: Demonstrate love in a tangible way to people who are trying to hurt you..
High Degree: Reach out to someone who has wronged you and reconcile with them.

What’s Next?

Plan your Off Road celebration. Let us know below in a reply what you came up with.

Off Road Bible Study

This concludes the “Off Road” Bible study.
The Worship Center staff prays that our lives have been richly blessed and enriched
over the last five weeks and that we are each able to continue to take our faith off road,
because it is the only place where it is meant to be!

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