• Earl Miles

The Perils of Distraction

In our Pastor's Class last Sunday, we discussed the perils of distraction in our digital world.

Here's a brief recap:

1. Distractions are a fact of life. (Psalm 55:1-3)

2. Distractions are those things that take our minds off God and eternity and spiritual realities. (Colossians 3:1-2)

3. There are necessary and good distractions and unnecessary and bad distractions. (1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Luke 21:34-36)

4. All distractions need to be evaluated and possibly eliminated. (Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:19; Luke 8:14)

5. Even good distractions need to be managed well for the sake of our souls. (Luke 10:38-42; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5)

6. We can ‘neglect’ people online by treating them worse than we would if they were around us. (James 1:19-20)

7. We can neglect the people around us by undervaluing face-to-face interaction. (2 John 1:12; 3 John 1:13-14)

8. We can neglect the people around us by ignoring them and, possibly, endangering them or harming them. (1 John 3:16-18)

Note: Adapted from 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke.

You can listen to this class by going here and listening to Trust and Love in a Digital World - Part 2.

In our worship service, we continued unpacking what legalism looks like and how it keeps us from enjoying God. (Luke 10:25-37)

Here's a brief recap:

A legal spirit is focused on what we must do (ie, Law) rather than what has been freely offered to us or done for us or given to us (ie, Grace). (25)

1. Seeing the keeping of the law as an end in itself. (Luke 13:10-17; Matthew 23:13-14; Luke 11:42)

2. Trying to obey the law as ‘rule keeping’ not ‘relationship’ with God. (Luke 18:9-14)

3. Trying to keep the law in order to earn salvation. (Luke 10:30-37; 18:18-27)

4. Thinking that God’s blessing is the result of my performance instead of a gift of grace.(Luke 15:11-32)

You can listen to this message by going here and listening to What Shall I Do? - Part 2.


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