Series: Guest Speaker – Ajai Lall
Title: Guest Speaker – Ajai Lall
Date: April 30 and May 1, 2016
Speaker: Ajai Lall
There are many different kinds of religious extremists in the world. As a result of extremists, we often hear the stories of death and destruction. In these difficult and challenging times, I believe that God is calling us to be Christian extremists. This is not an extremist that results in death, torture, or destruction. If we want to be salt and light to our community, then we must be this kind of extremists:
· Extreme Love (1 Corinthians 13; Matthew 5:44-46; Romans 5:8)
· Extreme Compassion (Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14)
· Extreme Forgiveness (Colossians 3:12-14; Matthew 6:14-15)
· Extreme Concern for the Lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16)
· Have you ever had the opportunity to be on a mission trip in a different country? If so, what was that like for you?
· What stood out to you from Ajai Lall’s story or sermon? Why do you think this was significant for you?
· Ajai spoke about different kinds of religious extremists, both good and bad. An extremist is defined as “a person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.” In your own words, how would you describe a godly Christian extremist – what would they look like?
· Ajai indicated four areas where Christians should be characterized as extremists (love, compassion, forgiveness, concern for the lost). Of these four characteristics, which is the more challenging for you?
· Read Colossians 3:12-17
· How does Paul describe the Christians he is writing? (v. 12)
· What is Paul’s reasoning to encourage forgiveness? (v. 13)
· What should be the primary characteristic of a Christian? (v. 14)
· What would it look like to let the “message of Christ dwell among you richly”? (v. 16)
· What would need to happen for you to grow as a Christian extremist this week?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?