1 John 2:3-11; Daniel 6 “Live Like Jesus”

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There has been an increasing push in our culture today toward “sameness” and conformity.  While some of the intended results are good, like equality across gender and racial lines, others have been somewhat less helpful or encouraging.  Especially in Christian circles, the push toward being relevant to today’s culture has left many worried and wondering what that looks like and, perhaps, what actually distinguishes the Church from the things around it.

While responses to this cultural push have differed from church to church and denomination to denomination, Scripture offers us some clarity as to the sort of “counter-cultural” life we are called to.  This call pushes past arguments about style, direction, looks, and other surface-level things and gets to the heart of the issue: claiming life in Christ means living as Jesus lived.

Questions to take home:

  1. In what ways do you see culture pushing Christians away from the teachings of the Bible?  What are some cultural movements that have helped to advance the Gospel in the world?
  2. How does “living as Jesus lived” look different than every day live in America?  How does this transform the way you look at your own life and the impact it has on those around you?
  3. Are there things in your life that have been distractions to living like Jesus lived for you?  What are they? What is one step you can take this week toward living a more Christ-like life and putting those distractions behind you?