When a professor is giving a lecture, you respectfully listen and learn. You don’t complain. When you read a book, your attitude should be the same.
Professors are recognized experts. When they deliver their scholarly lectures, people listen. They take notes. They try to learn as much as they can.
Afterward the lecture, students get together to discuss the lecture. And to prepare for the exam.
In a healthy study group, students are focused on their goal of learning the material and mastering the professor’s perspective.
That goal rules out all sorts of immature behavior such as complaining about the professor, or disagreeing with the lecture, or arguing with each other.
Even if they don’t like the professor or the topic, complaining has no place in the study group. Complaining only poisons a study group.
In a faith-based Small Group, you might be reading a book. It is probably written by a recognized expert.
The book is like a scholarly lecture. As people read, they want to absorb the message. And take notes. And learn as much as they can.
Then they gather in a Small Group. They discuss the book. And find ways to apply it to their lives.
In a healthy Small Group, the members are focused on their goal of learning the material and mastering the author’s perspective. And applying it to their lives.
That goal rules out all sorts of immature behavior such as complaining about the author, or disagreeing with the book, or arguing with each other.
Even if they don’t like the author or the book, complaining has no place in a Small Group. Complaining only poisons a Small Group.
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