Fruitless Theory

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Think: remembering the main points

· Fruitless Theory: Revelation 2:1-7: the message & the Author


Talk: questions that stimulate application

1. What is the most encouraging thing someone said to you and how had that affected you?

2. If you were to describe the qualities of the church in Ephesus, using a tag line, what could it be?

3. What some of dangerous doctrinal heresies (false teachings) that can affect the modern day church?

4. Do you remember what the ‘first love’ looked like in your own faith experience?

5. What are the steps we can take to experience a restoration of ‘first love’ again?

6. Can you describe the difference between destructive and constructive criticism?

7. Why is the loss of a ‘first love’ so dangerous for a disciple and a congregation?

Task: actions speak louder than words

· Take time personally to evaluate your own heart and the…

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No X Files

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Working my way through this series even though I am not able to get to the church itself much

Think: remembering the main points

· No X Files: Revelation1

· Who sends mail? Who delivers mail? Who receives mail?


Talk: questions that stimulate application

1. What is the most unusual letter/email/message that you got?

2. When you think of the book of Revelation you feel….

3. Try to imagine what it was like to live as a disciple of Jesus in the 1st century…. Was it easy or hard?

4. Can you think of pressures in society today that discourage you as a Christ follower?

5. Why did Jesus bring this message to John and the churches?

6. If Jesus could bring a message to the Church in the UK – what do you think He would say?

7. What discourages you most as you try to live for God?

8. Do you identify yourself with the description of what a Christian is from v 5-6?

9. If the…

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WHEN PEOPLE JUST WANT TO BE TEXT FRIENDS

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When people just want to be text friends

What is it with friends who give great text/messaging but who never make the effort to see you in real life? I am not talking about my fellow ill people here, who are really good at keeping in touch as and when they are able, nor those with major life challenges – or even introverts, by the way. I mean the ‘average’ person who leads a seemingly normal life.

I’ve been trying to work out their purposes. Perhaps they just want to keep you as an option, or maybe you are a habit, someone to pass the time of day with.  Instead of nipping out for a for cigarette break they decide text you .

Maybe I should be pleased that they think about me at all!  But sometimes their behaviour makes me think that there are mind games going on. Some kind of passive aggressive behaviour, manipulation that they are not even aware of.

For example, you receive what seems to be a warm text message inquiry after your health or wellbeing. You reply and then receive nothing back. I don’t expect an essay but a simple, “Thanks For the update”, or “That’s good to hear”, or “That’s a shame”, would is welcome and then you know that the conversation is over.

I think people hide behind technology. I am probably guilty of this sometimes myself.

However I have decided there is only one answer to these frustrating texters: To go NC.  In other words, no contact.