- Philippians 3:4b-8 If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
- Hebrews 12:1b-2a. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
From the book:
- What was it that caused Kevin to reject communion? Should he have participated?
- Why is the world so hungry to learn English?
- What had been Kevin’s “romanticized” expectation of serving as a missionary in Poland, and what was his reality?
- Why had the Polish Baptists gotten frustrated with the Americans? Do you think the frustrations were valid?
- How did God use Poland to change Kevin?
For your life:
- What is necessary for you to know Jesus? [Link to salvation site]
- Have you or someone you’ve known ever reduced Christianity to a list of rules?
- Issues such as alcohol can divide Christians, but Jesus stresses unity among believers. How can you discern when to voice disagreement and when to remain quiet?
- Prior to going to Poland, Kevin had never recognized that his faith was a mixture of culture and Christianity. He tried to separate them but was only partially successful. Do you think it is possible to remove your cultural background from your understanding of the Bible? If so, how? If not, how should you respond to this realization?