Chapters 8-11

I am humbled that you have taken the time to visit the God Is Not on Your Side blog page.  The opening of this blog coincides with the launch of God Is Not on Your Side with the stated purpose of creating a space online where people can explore the themes/topics of the book.  The first three blog posts will be a short summary of some of the chapters with some brief thoughts and questions to hopefully prompt introspection and discussion regarding those chapters.  

Chapters 8-11 of God Is Not on Your Side address the more personal application of the truths contained in the book.  After coming to an understanding that God is not on my side, how does this impact my approach to the spiritual disciplines, evangelism, worship, and money?

Feel free to leave a comment discussing how these chapters spoke to you or exploring some of the topics in more depth.  Below are some additional questions to help prompt discussion.

Questions for discussion/reflection:

  1. Many people who profess to be followers of Jesus will live as though God is actually on their side.  How does such a worldview impact our day to day living?
  2. If you are a Christian, how long have you been a follower of Jesus?  During that time, have you grown in the spiritual disciplines?  Why or why not?
  3. How do you worship God in your life on a daily basis?
  4. In a culture centered around money and power, how do you ensure that money is not the center of your life?

 

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What If

We are expected to respond in anger…but what if we don’t.
We are expected to play politics…but what if we won’t.
We are expected to fight back…but what if we refuse.
We are expected to seek more power…but what if we don’t care what we lose.
What if….
We lay down our lives, and take up the cross (Luke 9:23).
We give up our rights, to reach out to the lost (Matthew 5:40).
We realize our citizenship, is not of this earth (Philippians 3:20).
And instead keep our eyes on that of true worth (Hebrews 12:2).
What if….
We awake from our slumber of comfort and customs,
and respond to our neighbor with love and compassion. (Matthew 22:39)
We live as though to self we have died,
and resolve to know nothing but Christ, and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)
As followers of Jesus, our calling is clear, (Matthew 28:19-20)
and it is not driven by self pride or fear.
Yet so often it would seem, we tend confuse,
the words of our Savior with those in the news.
Whether COVID, racism, brokenness, or vice;
in this time, more than ever, may our foundation be Jesus Christ. (Matthew 7:24)
So let’s throw off what hinders, and seek only He,
who can do the impossible, and make “what if” a reality.
Joshua Opperman
7/5/2020
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Chapters 1-4

I am humbled that you have taken the time to visit the God Is Not on Your Side blog page.  The opening of this blog coincides with the launch of God Is Not on Your Side with the stated purpose of creating a space online where people can explore the themes/topics of the book.  The first three blog posts will be a short summary of some of the chapters with some brief thoughts and questions to hopefully prompt introspection and discussion regarding those chapters.  

Chapters 1-4 provide the testimony behind the God Is Not on Your Side book and the basic foundational theology.  After sharing my personal testimony, the book seeks to answer three fundamental questions: Who am I? Who is God? Is God on my side?

Feel free to leave a comment discussing how these chapters spoke to you or exploring some of the topics in more depth.  Below are some additional questions to help prompt discussion.

Questions for discussion/reflection:

  1. How can we be sure that we are following the real Jesus, and not a Jesus that is the product of our own culture or personal preferences?
  2. Why is it important to have a Biblical view of self?
  3. How can a distorted view of self then lead to a distorted view of God?
  4. How do you answer the question: “Is God on my side?”
  5. What is the difference between believing God is for me and believing that He is on my side?  Why is it dangerous to confuse the two?

 

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Welcome to the Blog

I cannot tell you how blessed I am that you have chosen to visit the God Is Not On Your Side blog.  If it is your first time here, I kindly ask that you take a minute to review the principles below that guide the interactions on this page.  

  • This blog was created as a space to continue to explore and process the topics and themes from the God Is Not On Your Side book.  Ultimately, the goal is the same as the book: the edification of those that participate as well as the greater Body of Christ.  
  • This is a safe space for respectful online interaction, and for that reason hateful and demeaning language will not be tolerated. 
  • If you respond to a post, please keep in mind the limitations of online communication.  As intent is difficult to communicate in such a forum, it is sometimes helpful to be more direct regarding your intent in a post so as to avoid misinterpretation.
  • The Bible is considered the ultimate source of Truth, therefore, use of the Bible is encouraged when communicating.    If someone has an opinion or point to share, they are encouraged to find Biblical support for their opinion and include it in their response. 
  • The topics within this blog will vary between social commentary and Christian lifestyle content, with an attempt to equally represent both.
  • “Mic Drops” are not needed.  In online interactions, people can have a tendency to try to “shame” or embarrass another person with a quip or witty statement.  This type of interaction is discouraged here.  If a communication is well said, truth will be evident and will not require such statements.  
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“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB)

“So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” Romans 14:19 (NASB)

 

 

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