Class Notes on Lesson Two: Purity in Order
August 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
On Monday, August 9, 2010, our group discussed Lesson Two. Viewing purity with a focus on the power it gives to our prayers, the protection it gives to our lives, and knowing the result which is a peaceful life (free from all the stuff that only pollutes our minds) sparked a another great discussion at the Westwood Ladies Bible Study last night.
To get us thinking about the question of ‘If a slanderous story was told about you, would people believe it?‘, I chose to make this point in a very humorous way. I found a website that allowed me to do some creative graphics and put a picture of my husband and I on the cover. The slanderous story was “Christian Couple Plot to Take Over the World.” I also put together a news article detailing the story and asked a member to read it to the class.
You can view the fake news story HERE.
Needless to say, we all got a good laugh from that one. I also noted that in that Gossip Headline cover the subtitle is “The World’s Biggest Selling Women’s Magazine.” Such stuff give all women a black eye. No one likes to be stereotyped but if a Gossip magazine sells primarily to women, then women are to blame. ‘Nuff said there.
Moving on the study questions …
We discussed what separates us from purity – desire (Proverbs 18:1) – a desire to have our own way (see Seeing the Pride in Pouting.) We discussed that just as we can tell a tree by its fruit, we can also know where our hearts are by whether we are actively pursuing a pure life (Psalm 19:8.)
It was a great conversation time. Especially when we discussed Psalm 51 realizing who it is that we sin against. We ease our conscience when we believe that little white lies don’t really hurt anyone. The truth is that sin is sin and when we sin, it is ultimately against God.
In the essay section (Pursuing the Walk), we took note that it does help to know the antonyms of words. If we compile a list of words with opposite meanings and put the two words side by side, we see the contrast. Here is a brief list: pursue/run from; purity/defilement; power/weakness; protection/vulnerability; and peace/war.
The group offered great insight into improving the study and for that, my thanks to you all my friends.