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We’re still here. Things have been crazy lately with school and stuff but we definitly want to continue writing on this blog.

So hang in there, we will start posting in the near future!

Thanks for your patience with us!

Becca, Grace, and Bronte

The Modesty Survey

The  Modesty Survey is something The Rebelution did a year or two ago. Girls wrote in and asking various questions about modesty and what guys find to be “stumbling blocks.” And then hundreds of guys wrote in with their responses.

We found this really helpful! Check it out!

How to Love the World: Discussion Questions

Here are the discussion question for the last chapter in Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World intitled How to Love the World (taken from the back of the book.)

For Your Mind

1) Can you relate to this chapter’s description of “the Christian life by negation”? Do you think of the Christian life primarily in terms of what what you’re not supposed to do? How do John 3:16 and John 17:15-18 counteract this tendancy?

2) If we think of the world’s history as a story, what are the four main movements in the plotline, as this chapter presents them?

3) What three tasks enable us to “love the world” in a God-glorifying way?

For your Heart

1) Read Galatians 6:14. Does Paul’s perspective govern the way you view each area of your life (your identity, relationships, activities)? What difference should the gospel make in these areas?

2) Are you more excited about your own accompishments, career, hobbies, or leisure time than about the glorious story of redemption? How might your perspectives on these things change if you viewed them as part of God’s program in the world?

3) This chapter notes that God holds up his church as Exhibit A for the reality of the gospel. Does this grand vision govern your attitude toward your own local church?

For your Life

1) Think of one part of your work, education, leisure, or home life that seems insignificant or outside God’s notice. How does the truth that Christ is redeeming all of creation and restoring it to himself change the way you think about this area?

2) Are you actively involved and serving in your local church? If not, what practical steps can you take to contribute to your church’s missions?

3) Think about the non-Christians you know. Do you take serisouly the fact that they were made in the image of God? Do you also consider their current position before God, deserving of his eternal wrath? How might these twin realities motivate you to share the gospel with them?

There you have it! The last batch of discussion questions! Wow.

But we’re not done yet. Join us next week as we explore a little more deeply the themes of this book and then we will (Lord willing) wrap up our book study on Friday.

Have a great weekend!

God, My Heart, and Clothes: Discussion Questions

Sorry we’re a little late. Here are the discussion questions taken from the back of Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.

For your Mind:

1) Read Timothy 2:3-10. What do these verses say about the motivation for modest dress?

2) How do we know that 1 Timothy 2:9 does not prohibit women from making themselves beautiful?

3) How do women who dress modestly serve men?

For your Heart:

1) Who are you trying to imitate or identify with through your appearance–godly women, or women of the world?

2) This chapter notes that your wardrobe is a public statement of your personal and private motivation. What does your clothing communicate about your motivations and priorities?

3) Think of a woman who is admired for her godly character and good works. What aspects of her godliness do you particularly want to imitate?

For your Life:

1) What about your wardrobe may need to change so that your appearance can better reflect the transforming power of the gospel?

2) What steps can you take on your next shopping trip to ensure that your clothing purchases reflect humility, modesty, and self-control? (Some ideas: Pray for God’s help and provision in finding modest clothing; check each article of clothing you try on for modesty as well as fit; ask your father, husband, or a trusted friend to evaluate items you’re not sure about.)

3) Mothers, what steps can you take to train your daughters to value godliness over fashion, to nurture humility and self-control, and to wear clothing that reflects these virtues? Fathers, what steps can you take to care for and lead your daughters in humility, self-control, and modesty?

Now we can begin the sixth and final chapter: “How to love the World.” Please join us as we take a look into this chapter in the weeks to come!

Worldliness: God, My Heart, and Music

Discussion Questions: (taken from the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World)

For Your Mind:

1. What indications do we have from the Bible that God likes music?

2. Why can’t we create a list of artists or music styles that every Christian should listen to or avoid.

3. What do we mean when we say that music carries content, context, and culture?

For your Heart:

1. How important is music to you? Are you easily irritated when you aren’t hearing the music you prefer? Are you more passionate about a concert than participation in your local church? More excited about the latest album than about the truth that Christ has saves you?

2. Does the music you listen to lead you to love the Savior more, or does it cause your affection for Christ to diminish.

3. Whose musical tastes are you most tempted to critique or look down on?

For your Life:

1. Do you own music that you’ll listen to only if you backslide? If so, what reasons do you give for holding onto it?

2. As Harold Best points out, “There is no single chosen language or artistic or musical style that, better than all the others, can capture and repeat back the fullness of the glory of God.” What is one thing you can do to broaden your musical taste?

3. Next Saturday night or Sunday morning, prepare for your church’s Sunday meeting by taking time to thank the Lord for his gift of music and for those he’s provided to lead your church in worship. What are some ways you can prepare your heart and join wholeheartedly when your church gathers for worship?

Three weeks from now we will post the discussion questions from Chapter 4.

Thanks everyone!

Worldliness: God, My Heart, and the Media

Discussion Question taken from “Worldliness” on chapter two:

For your Mind:

1. Why is no one immune to the media today?

2. As this chapter notes, hardly any discussion of media standards gets far before someone cries “Legalism!” What is legalism? What is the only possible solution to legalism?

3. What does it mean to live coram Deo?

For your Heart:

1. How are you tempted to watch passively or with a sense of immunity as you serf the Internet or watch TV or films?

2. In what way can you cultivate a greater awareness that every film, TV show, and Internet page you see is “before the face of God”?

3.  When you “need a break,” are you more likely to reach for the remote? Fellowship with God and other believers? Something else?

For your Life:

1. This chapter explains that God-pleasing discernment involves remembering his grace to us in the death and resurrection of our Savior, and responding to his grace with a heart eager to please him bt taking pleasure in what is good and right and true. How will this truth effect your decision about the next movie you watch?

2. If you limited your media choices to what was actually benificial (as opposed to just permissable, would your viewing habbits change? If so, how?

3. Does anyone know what you watch, how much you watch, and specific areas in which you are tempted? If not, whom ca you seek biblical accountability from?

Now we want to point out that  it’s not  inherintly wrong to watch TV or movies, entertainment and leasure are gifts from God. But the danger is when we watch or listen or read thoughtlessly. Are we considering whether the content is appropriate? Are we considering what worldview is being presented? Are we considering how much time we’re spending on the media? Are we considering it’s effect on us? Are we watching in a worshipful way that expresses gratatude and appriciation to God for His good gifts? 

Merry Christmas!

nativity-story-1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. -Luke 2:1-7 (ESV)

Merry Christmas! It is so wonderful to have snow on the ground, family, food, and gifts on this Christmas day but, it is even more wonderful to be able to celebrate the birth of our Savior! Jesus Christ was born as a baby into the world to save sinners! What joyful news this is to us! God had a plan from the beginning! He is sovereign over all!

So remember this Christmas day that Christmas is about more than gifts, it is about the ultimate gift that was given to us!

Merry Christmas!

Becca, Bronte, and Grace