STUDY SEVEN WORKSHEET

© Rosemary Bardsley 2009, 2014

#1 The missionary
In her situation identify:
Non-biblical and/or unrealistic perceptions and expectations

 

 

Knowledge of others’ expectations and perceptions

 

 

Perceptions and expectations generated in/by family, friends, church

 

 

What realistic expectations/perceptions could have minimised her guilt and mental/emotional trauma?

 

 

 

#2 The high school student
In her situation identify
Unrealistic perceptions and expectations

 


Her knowledge of others’ expectations

 


What realistic expectations/perceptions could have prevented her trauma?

 

 

 

#3 The mission pastor
In his situation identify:
Non-biblical and/or unrealistic perceptions and expectations

 

Perceptions and expectations generated by mission traditions

 


What realistic expectations/perceptions could have minimised his stress?

 

 


#4 Yourself
List your expectations of:
Your self

 

 

 

Your role or job

 

 

A significant relationship

 

 

 

Now look objectively at each expectation you listed. Circle only those that are realistic.
Now list your perception of the expectations the following people have of you:
Your employer

 

 


Your fellow Christians

 

 

 

Your closest relation or friend

 

 

 

Now circle which of these expectations you feel are unrealistic – the one’s that are demanding of you what you believe you cannot possibly give to the extent you think is expected.

#5 Expectations and perceptions within ‘the church’
Discuss each the following expectations or perceptions. Are they Biblical? If not, why not?  How do they impact individuals?
Good Christians are [or should be] involved in mission or ministry.

 

All Christians should be involved in ‘discipling’ or ‘being discipled’.

 

Good Christians don’t work on Sundays

 

You have to have a ‘word from the Lord’ before you become involved in mission.


Style [not referring to modesty] of dress is an indicator of spirituality

 

Christians should not surf the internet

 

Every Christian should be an active ‘soul-winner’

 

Unless you can identify the time of your conversion you are not saved.
[Or, unless you have ‘been down the front’ or ‘prayed the prayer’, you are not saved.]


Every Christian has to find ‘God’s plan for their life’

 

You will only be blessed if ‘you are in the centre of God’s will’

 

#6 What I need to change and why

Make a list of your personal expectations and perceptions of yourself, your relationships, your fellow Christians, circumstances and your role/job that need to be changed or discarded. Explain why.

My unrealistic and/or unbiblical expectations and/or perceptions of myself

 

 


My unrealistic and/or unbiblical expectations and/or perceptions of my relationships

 

 


My unrealistic and/or unbiblical expectations and/or perceptions of my fellow Christians

 

 


My unrealistic and/or unbiblical expectations and/or perceptions of my circumstances

 

 


My unrealistic and/or unbiblical expectations and/or perceptions of my role or job