Mad World Part 5: Study Guide

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Bottom Line

People don’t want to be tolerated, they want to be loved. 

Study Verses

1 John 4:18-19, John 17:22-23, Mark 1:40-42, James 4:4-7, Mathew 5:1-12

Key Points

  • We often respond to the issues fueled by our emotions rather than deeply held convictions. 
  • Fear drives us to our “safe spaces.” We withdraw to protect us from a world we are afraid of. 
  • On the side of every issue is a human being. 
  • The best way to understand an issue is by understanding someone on the other side of the issue. 
  • There is a reason why people see things differently than you. Find out their “why.”
  • Labels are intended to divide and segregate. 
  • Do not try to find your life source in the things of this world. 
  • We surrender to Christ while moving towards each other.
  • The safe space we are looking for is a relationship that rests in love. 
  • We reflect Christ’s heart when we’re willing to enter the mess of someone else’s life.


“One of the major problems in the modern world is how we are to live with our deepest differences.” -Os Guinness

  • Read the quote from Os Guinness. How do we get along with one another while the issues of this world remain unresolved?
  • Why do you believe safe spaces have become part of our culture? What is their purpose and why do people head to these places?
  • How can one tell if they are responding to an issue fueled solely by their emotions or driven by a well thought out conviction?


  • Read James 4:4-7 and John 17:22-23. In what ways does displaying humility lead us towards understanding, connection and oneness?
  • Read 1 John 4:18-19. What tends to drive our fears in regards to the issues the world faces? How does perfect love expel all fears?
  • Read Mark 1:40-42. How does this story exemplify how Jesus entered the mess of humanity? If Christ serve as our ultimate example, what does this mean to the way we respond to the brokenness around us?
  • Read Matthew 5:1-12. How is this passage, and the way it describes how we are to live, a rallying cry to live counter cultural?


  • What is the danger in labeling people on the other side of the issue?  Where have you been guilty of labeling those that have a different view than you?
  • There is a reason why people see things differently than you. Think of someone on the other side of the issue you are most passionate about. How can you take steps to hear their story and understand why they believe the way that they do?
  • Over the past five weeks, how has your response to the mad world changed or been challenged? What is the greatest insight you received and how can you take that insight and live it out?
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