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BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.

This week's Bible study is adapted from the YOU! curriculum.

Bible Passages: Mark 10:17-27; John 14:6

Discussion Question: What are you holding onto as more precious to you than Christ?

Food for Thought:

In her 2012 release "7: an experimental mutiny against excess," Jen Hatmaker details in diary-like form how she and her family developed a "call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends a social experiment to become a radically better existence" through simply changing seven areas of excess in their lives.

She and her husband Brandon along with their three children spent 30 days on each of the following areas of life: food, clothing, spending, media, possessions, waste and stress. They only ate seven foods; they only wore seven pieces of clothing; they only spent money in seven places; they eliminated seven forms of media; they gave away seven items each day; they adopted seven green habits; and they observed seven "sacred pauses." They decreased their lives so that He could increase, and they drew closer to Him as a result. What they eliminated from their lives resulted in adding to their relationships with Christ.

Are you willing to let go of the excesses in your life (or even just your iPhone) to draw closer to Jesus?


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