Thursday, June 05, 2008

Choose your entertainment wisely

So what do we allow into our lives? What is OK to watch and what should we avoid? How do we manage our entertainment choices? This is the topic of this week's small group study material.

Big Idea:
Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body.” What we allow ourselves to view and what we put into our minds matter greatly. This is definitely true as it relates to our entertainment choices.

The Israelites placed armed guards at the entrance to the temple so that no unclean thing could enter and defile it. The apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians that, “We are the temple of the living God.” Are we taking this seriously and, like temple guards, aggressively keeping the junk out? We cannot expect to live out the Christian life with much success if we fill ourselves up with the filth of this world. We are supposed to be aliens in this world. We are supposed to be in the world but not of it. When we invite the things of this world into our minds, they become part of us – we become part of the world.

Have you heard the phrase “garbage in; garbage out?” Relating it to this topic, we are what we watch, read, or listen to. If we fill our minds with trashy movies, books, and music, we will end up with trashy minds and trashy behavior. As Christ-followers, most of the stuff in the movies and on TV should repulse us. Why, because it repulses Christ and is contrary to His very nature, which should be our nature when we are born again in Him.

The Corinthian Christians boasted that, “everything is permissible for me,” but Paul warned them that not everything is beneficial. He knew that they could become enslaved by those actions in which they “freely” indulged. So, how do we know if something is beneficial and appropriate? Here are a few tests: Does it lift-up biblical principles? Does it glorify God? Does it build-up you and others? Is your conscience clear? Would you watch it if Jesus was sitting next to you? (He is you know.) Build your entertainment center very carefully and choose your entertainment wisely.

Discussion Questions: (read the Scripture & discuss)

Ephesians 5:1-7
If what we take into our lives affects us, then how significant are our entertainment choices? Are the potential consequences from a steady diet of worldly filth simply temporal or can they be eternal? Discuss how this might happen.

1 Corinthians 6:12
How does this scripture relate to our entertainment choices? Discuss examples of other things in life that are permissible, but not profitable.

Philippians 4:8
How can you use this passage when determining your entertainment choices? Spend a few minutes analyzing a few current TV shows and movies using these criteria.

Taking Action: Take time this week to prayerfully analyze your entertainment choices. Categorize them into three groups: good, bad, and neutral. Cut out the bad stuff immediately and spend time in God’s Word as a substitute. Share with your group the results.

Ministry Time

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