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The Antithesis

Discussion Outline for 2009 YP Convention

References

  • OT – Gen. 3:15; Deut. 33:28; II Chron. 18:1-3, 19:1-2; Psa. 139:21-22; Amos 3:3
  • NT – Matt. 7:13-14; II Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11; Jam. 1:27; I John 2:15-17; Rev. 18:4

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the antithesis?
  2. What does it mean to live an antithetical life?
  3. What light do the above passages shed on this?
  4. When did the antithesis begin? Who put it in place? (See Gen. 3:15)
  5. What doctrines form the basis of the antithesis?
  6. Genesis 17:7, along with James 2:23
  7. Romans 9:13 and Ephesians 1:4
  8. John 3:3 and Titus 3:5
  9. Would it be helpful or even preferable for us to live in isolated communities (e.g., start a separate Protestant Reformed community) so that we are protected from the ungodliness of the world? Or would such an attempt fail? If so, why?
  10. How should the admonitions of Rom. 12:2, II Cor. 6:14-17, etc., be applied to the following? That is, how should you as young people be obviously different from the world in these areas of your lives?
  11. Entertainment (Music, Movies, Video games, etc.)
  12. Alcohol
  13. Work
  14. Finances
  15. Clothing
  16. Friendships
  17. Dating
  18. Family life
  19. Any other areas?
  20. Discuss how living antithetically should be evident in our use of the Internet.
  21. What may we look at? What must we never look at?
  22. Are there wrong ways to use social networks (Facebook, MySpace, etc.)?
  23. What can we do to protect ourselves from the evils on the Internet?
  24. Discuss how Job 31:1 and Psalm 101:3 can be applied to our use of the Internet.
  25. How can young people help and encourage each other in living the antithetical life?
  26. God’s people are called to fight a spiritual battle (Eph. 6:10-18).
  27. Where does the battle begin? That is, what enemy must we fight first of all?
  28. How do we go about fighting the devil and the world?
  29. What is the only possibility of our being faithful to this calling?