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MoBook Club Discussion: What is the "bingo card" gospel?

MoBook Club Discussion: What is the “bingo card” gospel?

Week 1 – Question 3

What is the “bingo card” gospel (chap 1, pgs 16-20), and what's wrong with it? Do you agree that the gospel requires more of us than just believing the right things? Might there be “holes” in your own, or your church's,¬†interpretation of the gospel?

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  1. Lisa

    Wow! This part really hit home with me b/c of where my family is working right now. We are in the far east and we have seen “the bingo card” played here not only with the locals but also with the foreigners who work here! If they can’t get their target to check a box, so to speak; they get discouraged and want to move on. We are trying to show/teach them about building the relationships and showing unconditional love….even if the person is not quite ready to go all the way. I love the quote on page 18: “God is responsible for the harvest-but we must plant, water and cultivate the seeds.” People don’t save people: God saves people….and sometimes he uses others to help Him.

    Comment by Lisa on January 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

  2. Cathy

    On a Bingo Card Jesus could be considered the free square in the middle and you could be doing all kinds of “right” things, but if your line does not have Jesus in the middle, you don’t “win”. If your focus is the card, then you will never, ever know that what you are doing is not completely pleasing to God.

    God is all about relationship. He wants to be in everything. What we do is so important to Him. He wants so much for us to include in every aspect of our lives. He wants us to be “best friends”. Bingo might be fun and a great way to pass the time. But life in Christ is not about bingo. It is about Jesus and our relationship with Him.

    Comment by Cathy on January 9, 2012 at 6:04 am

  3. Kathryn

    I love what Cathy said about our line needing to cross through Jesus. What a great visual and example. I think with the Bingo mentality we select the things we want to embrace and work on and as long as we are doing some of what Jesus calls us to we are ok. Jesus wants us to be more than that. Although we will never get it all right while on this earth we should be constantly looking at how to be more like the one who gave His life for us.

    Comment by Kathryn on January 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm