Chapter 2: Red Wine and Beet Root Juice (pp. 15-32)

Key Scriptures:

  • 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?

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Kevin Avery has a master of divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. Currently a hospice chaplain, he and his wife, Dayna, reside in Waco, Texas, with their two children.
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One Response to Chapter 2: Red Wine and Beet Root Juice (pp. 15-32)

  1. John Long says:

    How do we reach internationals for Christ when they come from diverse backgrounds?
    Answer: To effectively reach internationals from various national origins, an idea is to partner with an American church. The Americans can serve as a “draw” for some of the students. Through English classes, friendship partners, special cultural events, the American Christians can sow seeds, but then through the evangelism and discipleship provided by Christians of similar cultural backgrounds, these students can grow deeper in their faith. ‘International Village Ministry’ helps churches connect and partner together to reach the international students/scholars. We provide training, ideas and resources, where appropriate.