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Back To The Future – Week 3

Galations 6:1-10 1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5for each one should carry his own load. 6Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. 7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Mixer If you could go back in time like Marty, when would you go? Going Deeper 1. Let’s take a look at the character of Bif. Go around the circle and have everyone give a word that describes Bif. Okay, so we all know that he is the villain but what we are getting at is finding specifically what about him makes him a ‘bad guy’. Bif is a guy who uses intimidation and might in order to get what he wants. How does his behavior affect the people around him? Bif in a way creates chaos around him. People are afraid of him, no one stands up to him. He pushes George McFly into being a very insecure person. 2. Look at the passage above. What does Paul mean when he says that a person reaps what they sow? What would Paul say about Bif in relation to this passage? Ultimately this passage is in reference to what kind of world Creator God has made. When one plants barley, she harvests barley; in the same way when someone’s life is about destruction, they will ultimately live destructed world. This is perhaps a glimpse of what God’s justice is all about. George knocked Bif out not necessarily because it was the right thing to do but because Bif pushed George to take violent actions, because that was the environment Bif created around him. Remember the beginning of the film: how does Bif’s life turn out for him? Would you say that Bif has a ‘good’ life? Bif is an alcoholic who still gets by pushing people around and messing things up
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for everybody. This isn’t necessarily eye for an eye, cause and effect, but rather our lives and our community are like that of a farmer’s field. When we sow good seed and nurture it, it will inevitably yield good crops, maybe not every time but in the long run it will go well. 3. Now look at your own life. Have you seen where this passage is true? If not, do you believe that good works and a nurturing spirit will reap the harvest of a better world? What are ways in your own life that you are sowing to ‘please your own sinful nature’? Do you think continuing to live this way will benefit you in the long run? Pray that God will give us eyes to see where we are planting bad seed. May we have faith to endure with the Creator in the redemption of the world and that we do not become weary in doing these good things.

© Dixon Kinser and Steven Lefevbre 2009