Words: Sacred

Sunday's Reflection Questions:

How blurry or defined are the lines between your “church” life and your “real” life?

Do you find yourself being one way sometimes and another way others?  Are you a part of a community that can hold you accountable to integrity?

What kind of compartments do you keep in your life?  What would it take to give God access to all of them?

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 This Week’s Texts: Deuteronomy 6.4-9Amos 8.4-6Mark 12.13-17

Teaching LinkWords:Sacred

Downloadable group discussion sheet: .pdf

For Further Study:  Everything Is SpiritualRob Bell

Discuss the following:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

Read Deuteronomy 6.4-9.  We are pulled to serve many masters: peers, culture, employers, etc.  What forces exert the greatest pull on your life, and which ones do you find most difficult to resist?

How might the reminder to Israel that God is alone in authority be applicable in our own contexts?

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

Three times "all."   Those of us who have grown up in the church, or have been involved with church for very long have heard this verse.  It is easy to skip over it because of its familiarity.  Specifically, in your life, what would it mean to love God with "all your heart?"  

"All your soul?"  

"All your might?"

...talk about them when you are at home and when you are away...

That pretty much covers it!  But we like to divide our lives up into segments or compartments.  It is a natural part of our psychology.

Compartmentalization is an unconscious  used to avoid psychological defense mechanism , or the mental discomfort and anxiety caused by a person's having conflicting values, cognitions, emotions, beliefs, etc. within themselves. Compartmentalization allows these conflicting ideas to co-exist by inhibiting direct or explicit acknowledgement and interaction between separate compartmentalized self states.cognitive dissonance

What are some of the conflicting values and beliefs that cause us to separate our relationship to God from other parts of our lives?

Read and discuss the questions at the top of this page.