Chapter Nine—Scripturally Sound!
Thinking inside the book
- Why does Nina Gunter say, “If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers”?
- What is the author’s argument about the Day of Pentecost phenomenon in the city of Jerusalem and today’s global trends in the world’s major cities?
- Study Acts 8:4 and Acts 17:26-27. Who moves people and why?
- Throughout the scriptures God seems to have a particular concern for widows, orphans and strangers (immigrants), to be treated with love, justice and mercy. Why do you suppose so?
- Read Matthew 25:31-40
- Have you had any insight into this passage that you didn’t have before?
- How does this apply to you, your family and local church today?
- Read James 2:8, Leviticus 19:18, 33-34. How will you say your country, city, campus, and church rate in:
- ‘loving the stranger as yourself’
- ‘not neglecting to show hospitality to foreigners’
- ‘treating the foreigner as your native-born citizen’
- ‘not taking advantage of foreigners who live among you’
- ‘not mistreating immigrants’?
- What was the underlying reason why God asked His people to treat foreigners/strangers/immigrants in the aforementioned manner?
- The (Toronto) Star article cited in this chapter asked a very relevant question: “International students or ‘Cash Cows’?” Considering your society’s view of and approach towards them, which is the dominant answer? Can you surmise why?
- From Hebrews 13:2 would you say showing hospitality is a command to Christians or an option? How does your church and your own family rate in hospitality on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being despicable; 10 being super-duper). Why do you think so?