Non-believers often tell Christians to mind their own business. In this lab, Pastor John states that they might be more right than we might think.
Principle for Bible Reading
Look for Sequences in Lists
Often, when we see lists in the Bible (for example, lists of virtues or vices, like those found in Romans 1:29-31 and Colossians 3:12–14), we might assume that there isn’t any connection between the items on the list (and there may not be). But by assuming that no sequence exists, we may pass over insights we might have found had we paused and asked whether any relationship existed between the items.
The first step for identifying whether a sequence exists consists in defining each item on the list. Knowing how each item differs from the rest helps us observe any patterns or progressions. After defining the terms, ask whether the items on the list progress or can be categorized in some way.
- Would anyone in your life classify you as a nosy person?
- Read 1 Peter 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:11–12; 2 Thessalonians 3:11–12. Does God call Christians to mind their own business? In what cases might this not apply?
- If an unbeliever reads the two verses above to you telling you that you shouldn’t be interfering in the lives of others, how would you respond?