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1. The destruction of Babylon

  • Scripture Reference; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
  • Leader Notes
    • People want the benefits of a spiritual reality without the personal relationship with a Holy God
    • We are called to be separate from the world, though we are still in the world
    • We must walk the tension between being in the world but not of it, not leaning too far to one side or the other
  • Questions for Reflection
    • How does God’s judgment of Babylon challenge me?

2. Your response reveals your heart

  • Scripture Reference; Ezekiel 27, Matthew 15:17-21
  • Leader Notes
    • God is most interested in what is going on in your heart
    • We love getting to the end of something that is hard, but God wants to make us like Jesus during the process, we need to be more process focused than outcome focused
    • Everything we deal with is an opportunity to see what is in our hearts and be more formed into Christ’s likeness
  • Questions for Reflection
    • What do my reactions teach me about myself?

3. A tragic aftermath

  • Scripture Reference; Matthew 18:6-9
  • Leader Notes
    • Babylon’s destruction will be so complete that nothing that was done there before will ever be done there before
    • We must take seriously our walks with Jesus, people are watching us
    • We should live lives that make life with Jesus seem more desirable to the world
  • Questions for reflection
    • What does this chapter show me about Jesus?