|NASHVILLE (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 Passage: 2 Corinthians 4
-- How have you observed the culture distracting people from recognizing their need for God?
-- How can you help people overcome those distractions?
Food for Thought:
Some needs are easy to see. A man on the street holds a cardboard sign that says he needs money for food. A child with protruding ribs and glazed eyes starves. A young homeless family huddled under a bridge on a cold night needs a warm place to stay. Hundreds of people lined up outside an employment agency need jobs.
Not all needs are so obvious. It's not so easy to tell when a person needs Christ. The need for Christ is a heart thing, but the bottom line is that everyone needs Him. People have been deceived by the allure of the world: money, power, fame, pleasure, you name it. We need Christ because we are perishing, and oftentimes we don't even know it.
We talk a lot about perishable products that have expiration dates, such as milk, eggs, bread, canned goods. People also have expiration dates. Without Christ, they are subject to death and decay -- just like a rotten piece of produce. Even worse, they will spend eternity separated from God. Continued...