Study of the Week

What is the big difference? Once you become a Christian - how are you different then you were just a few moments before? How is the day to day life of a Christian teenager any different than the same day to day experiences of a teenager who is not a Christian?

Relationship

If you are a Christian the primary difference is not in common experiences. God did not design life to be totally different once you are His. The main difference is that you are in an intimate and personal relationship with the God of the universe.

List below secrets, talks and times you share with your closest friend that you do not with others:

Purpose Out of Pain and Loss

"You know that Christ was rich, but for you he became poor so that by his becoming poor you might become rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9 NCV

How do you best know someone really loves you - by how the celebrate with you OR how they stick by you when you are hurting, angry and even unlovable? If that person were to sacrifice and give up their opportunity to do other things, to be with other people, simply to be with you … would you get the idea that the person cared for you?

What did Jesus give up when He came to earth? What experiences did He have that made Him poor?

When you experience loss of approval, standing, health or a relationship - what difference would it make to you, if you thought of the above verse?

A Different Way of Fighting

"We do live in the world, but we do not fight in the same way the world fights. We fight with weapons that are different from those the world uses. Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy’s strong places." 2 Corinthians 10:3-4

Christians do not suddenly become wimps or sugar coated people when they follow Christ. We get sick, we hurt others and we get hurt. We get angry, we weep. We experience pretty much everything that we would experience without God in our lives.

What are common experiences that you have with unbelieving friends? How do you think that a believer should react or respond to those common experiences?

Removing your own bricks

"We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ." 10:5

One of the strong places of the enemy just may be closer than you think. You may not think about it because that is where the strong place is … "Huh?" You think. Your thoughts may be a strong brick barrier to living different day to day.

What are your ten most valued beliefs? Where did you get them ? Can you defend them by the principles (truths) in God’s Word?

A Christian experiences the common life that his or her peers do.

A Christian can be different by relating, hurting and thinking differently in those same experiences.

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