In case you’re not able to make it on Wednesday nights to our “7” class, here’s the study sheet we gave out. It has challenges and daily devotionals to help you as you go through the week. If you would like a printable format, just email me and I’ll send you one (moc.liamgnull@ottocsrelletyrots). If you have any questions, just let us know!
7: FOOD STUDY SHEET
OVERVIEW: This week we’ll look at our relationship to food and how God fits into this.
Food is a great gift from God, but it can also cause as lots of challenges. Our kids are the first generation in the history of America that has a shorter life span than their parents. This is due to the rapid rise in obesity. Four of the top ten causes of death in America today are chronic diseases with well-established link to our industrialized diet: coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. But our relationship to food can draw us near God. Throughout the Bible, God tells his people to fast (refrain from eating) as a way to draw closer to God.
MISSIONAL OPPORTUNITY: Bring a box (or boxes) of Nutri-Grain bars for us to use in our homeless ministries.
INVENTORY: Take a few minutes and count how many food items you have in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. How many of these do you think are healthy?
POSSIBLE CHALLENGE: (Choose one or create your own)
- Eat only 7 foods for the week
- Eat only foods with 7 ingredients or less
- Refrain from eating junk foods or desserts
- Eliminate fast foods
- Drink only water as a beverage.
What challenge will you take?
Why did you choose this particular one?
Thursday: Read Genesis 1:28-31
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be your food.” (Genesis 1:29,NIV)
- God created food for us. Do you think God cares about what you eat? Why?
Friday: Read Leviticus 11 from the Old Testament. It is hard, but fight through it.
- We have a tendency to ignore the Old Testament Laws that God gave God’s people. However, a lot of them had to do with what we eat. Why do you think God gave them such specific details about what to eat?
Saturday: Read Daniel 1:3-15
At the end of 10 days, they looked better and healthier than all the young men who were eating the king’s food. So the guard continued to remove their food and wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables. (Daniel 1:3-15, NIV)
- Is it possible that your choices of food can draw you closer to God? How?
Sunday: WORSHIP & REST
Monday: Read Luke 22:7-23
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “this is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19, NIV)
- When we take Communion, we believe that Jesus is giving us his body (in a figurative way). How would it change your thoughts about food if you were to give your body to Jesus?
Tuesday: Read Luke 4:1-13
Jesus ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.(Luke 4:2, NIV)
“The point of emptiness is to get ourselves out of the way
so that Christ can fill us up.
As soon as we’re empty, there’s a place for Christ,
because only then are we in any sense ready to recognize
and accept Christ as the totally other, who is not me” (Richard Rohr)
- How did this week’s experience affect your life?
- What lasting changes have I considered making because of this week’s study?