Boundaries with Technology Guide

Sermon Summary 🎬

I explored the historical perspective of the church's relationship with technology, from the printing press to digital media, and how each phase was initially met with skepticism. I stressed that while technology can enhance our ability to connect and access information, it also presents challenges that require us to maintain a balance.

Delving into Proverbs' teachings, I drew parallels between ancient wisdom and modern challenges, particularly the need to manage our engagement with technology responsibly. I used the honey metaphor from Proverbs 25:16 to discuss moderation in everything, including technology.

I shared personal anecdotes about setting boundaries with technology to preserve meaningful interactions with others, such as using a tripod at events to be more present rather than viewing everything through a screen.

Concluding the sermon, I invited the congregation to reflect on their use of technology and consider implementing boundaries that foster rather than hinder relationships. I encouraged everyone to think about how they can use technology to enhance, not detract from, their spiritual and personal connections

Bible Reading 📖

Observation Questions 💬

  1. In Proverbs 25:16, what does the metaphor of eating too much honey suggest about the nature of good things in life?
  2. How does Proverbs 25:16 connect the concept of moderation to physical and emotional well-being?
  3. Mark 2:27 discusses the purpose of the Sabbath. What does this suggest about the intention behind divine commands or institutions?
  4. Reflecting on Proverbs 6:6-8, what characteristics of the ant are highlighted as worthy of emulation?

Interpretation Questions 💬

  1. Considering the advice in Proverbs 25:16, how might the principle of moderation apply to the use of technology in today's society?
  2. What can the teaching in Mark 2:27 tell us about balancing religious practices with the needs of human well-being?
  3. How does the example of the ant in Proverbs 6:6-8 challenge our modern attitudes towards work and productivity?
  4. How might the principles of wisdom and moderation in Proverbs inform our engagement with community service and technology?

Application Questions 💬

  1. Identify a technology or digital tool you frequently use. What specific steps can you take this week to moderate its use to ensure it enhances rather than detracts from your relationships?
  2. Reflect on your weekly routine. How can you incorporate a form of 'Sabbath' or intentional rest from technology, and what activities would you engage in during this time?
  3. Considering the ant's proactive nature in Proverbs 6:6-8, what is one project or task you've been postponing that you can commit to starting this week?
  4. Think about a community service activity or project at your church or in your neighborhood. How can you contribute to it this month, and what specific skills or resources can you offer?
  5. Evaluate your current commitments and activities. What is one thing you can reduce or stop to make more time for face-to-face interactions with family or friends?

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