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This week on The Scotty Love Show, Scotty weighs in on being single. Share and enjoy!
Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Married guys: What are some things you miss about being single? (Things that you could do before but rarely/never do now.)
Single guys: What are the things you least enjoy about being single?
Married guys: How many of you wish you’d enjoyed your singleness more when you had it and taken more advantage of that freedom you had?
Every church has a different way of handling singles. Some churches offer them special programs. Many don’t. Many of those who offer programs do so to help singles hook up and find their perfect helpmate, but is that truly what God wants the church to do for singles?
Paul had some sharp words for singles, and for those who see singles as “incomplete.” Single people are better able to respond to the call of the Lord. They have no attachments and no familial obligations that would keep so many married people from answering the call of God. They are better suited for missions, here and abroad, and for ministries that demand a great deal of the folks who undertake them.
Singles need Jesus more than anything else. They need spiritual encouragement more than they need a soulmate. Let’s take an honest look at how we and our church view singles and see if God might have us change the way we treat his singles.
READ AND DISCUSS
Read 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
What are some of the arguments you’ve heard for getting married young?
What are some of the negatives about getting married young?
Married guys: Why do you think married people are so inclined to want to “pair up” their single friends?
Single guys: How does it make you feel when someone comes up and offers to hook you up with the “perfect” person?
Married guys: What are some things you can’t do for the Lord because you are married?
Single guys: Are there any ministry activities you couldn’t do if you were married?
Single guys: What are some of the temptations you face as a single person that make it harder to follow God?
Married guys: Have those temptations decreased, stayed the same, or increased since you got married?
Single guys: What are some things you wish your married friends understood about you and being single?
Married guys: Are there any lessons you learned from singleness or married life you’d like single guys to know?
How is our church serving the needs of singles?
Are we lifting them up spiritually, are we just facilitating a “meat market,” or are we leaving them to their own devices?
Why do you think so many churches neglect the spiritual growth of single people?
How can we as a church better meet the spiritual needs of singles?
How can we as a group encourage the single men in our group and the rest of our church?
God has a plan for every stage of our lives. That includes being married and having a family, and the time that comes before – being single.
If you’re married, don’t be the guy who convinces God’s servant to rush into something ahead of God’s time. And if you’re single, don’t be rushed by peer pressure or loneliness. Commit your heart to the Lord. Serve where he leads. Be content to wait on his choice for you. And be nice to your married friends. They do mean well, even if they are misguided.
Thank you for the way you speak to us at every stage of our lives. Bless the singles in our group and in our church. Help our singles to stay focused on you, and help our married couples to encourage singles to keep you first in their lives.
In Jesus’s name,
Sorry for the short hiatus… The Scotty Love Show is back with part five. This week, Scotty teaches you the proper way for judging your neighbor.
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Key Scripture: Luke 18:9-14, Matthew 7:1-5
When you watch a movie trailer, how do you decide whether a movie looks good or looks like a pass?
When a new restaurant opens up in town, how do you decide whether or not you will check it out?
When was the last time you saw/heard a new music artist that you really, REALLY didn’t like? What was it that made you decide you disliked them?
Every day we make judgments. We judge movies based on their posters and trailers. We judge restaurants by their appearance and commercials. We judge musicians based on their looks as much as their musical ability (or lack thereof). We all have certain tastes – things we like and dislike – and we use those standards to judge everything from pop culture to new technologies to people.
Some people make a good living by making judgments about other people. Hiring managers and temp agencies are trained to identify qualified, motivated workers who fit an organization’s goals and culture. These people have to be picky; their jobs and their companies’ futures depend on it. But the same is not true for the church.
As Christians we are to love the world as Christ did, welcoming sinners and lepers and everything in between without question. But how good are we really when it comes to welcoming one and all to God’s house on Sunday?
READ AND DISCUSS
Read Luke 18:9-14
How would the people listening to Jesus tell this parable have viewed the two men in this story?
If Jesus were telling the story today, who might he have used as examples of the Pharisee and the sinful man?
How did Jesus’s appraisal of these two men differ from the way his listeners judged them?
Going back to our movie question – have you ever found a movie to be less than you expected based on its trailer? What movie was it, and why were you so disappointed?
What flaw does this parable expose about judging people based on their appearance?
Read Matthew 7:1-5
Why does Jesus advise us not to pass judgment on others?
How does Jesus say he will judge us?
What standards do you see people using to judge new comers in our own church?
Do you think the people in our church “screen” visitors before really reaching out to them?
Judging others isn’t restricted to visitors. How do you hear people judging (or should we say gossiping) about their brothers and sisters in Christ?
What kind of damage can such judgments do to our church family?
How can judging others, visitor or member, cause damage to the people we judge?
How do you think God wants visitors and those outside our church to view us as a church body?
How do you think people outside the church actually view us?
Changing the way our church judges others begins with us as individuals. What can we do as individuals to stem the tide of judging others?
Can we come up with a gentle way to steer other people away from gossip and judgment when we hear it?
Becoming a more loving, less judging church has to begin here with us. If we don’t change, we can’t expect others to change. The people outside this church are no more sinful than those of us inside the church. We need to remember that Jesus died for them the same as he did for us, and we need to remember we are no better than they in the eyes of God.
Let’s pray that God will make us a more welcoming people, beginning with our group and our families, and pray that as a church, we will be a body that welcomes everyone in Jesus’s name.
Forgive us for the way we have judged others. We know that we are all sinners, and none of us are better than anyone else who walks through our church doors. Give us open hearts to welcome everyone you send our way.
In Jesus’s name,