Jesus walked away from toxic people, and you should too.
In this six-session video Bible study, bestselling author Gary Thomas draws on Jesus’ example to show how the best course of action for us to take with some relationships is to walk away . . . or let the other person walk away. In the Gospels, we read that when Jesus spoke a hard truth, sometimes the other person chose to walk away. Other times, the person asked Jesus to leave–and he complied. There were also times when people begged Jesus to stay, but he walked away so he could remain completely focused on the mission God had for him.
Most of us have run across toxic individuals who drain us of our joy and peace–people who resent the grace we share and will never change. However, as Gary will show in this study, we don’t have to pour our time and energy into these people. Instead, we can follow Jesus’ example to walk away from toxic people and walk toward healthy relationships that will encourage us, strengthen us, and build us up. And as we do, it frees us to focus completely on the purpose that God has established for our lives.
The When to Walk Away Study Guide includes teaching notes, discussion questions, Bible exploration, and personal study and reflection materials for in-between sessions.
- Follow Jesus’ Example
- Recognize Toxic People
- Build a Good Offense
- Create a Good Defense
- Speak the Truth
- Align with Christ
Designed for use with the When to Walk Away Video Study (9780310110361), sold separately. Streaming video also available.
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About the Author
Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and Houston Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas. He is the author of nineteen books, including When to Walk Away, Sacred Pathways, Cherish, and Sacred Marriage—over one million copies sold. He has a master’s degree from Regent College and was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity from Western Seminary. Gary has spoken in forty-nine states and ten different countries.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Would You Do? 7
Lesson 1 Follow Jesus' Example 13
Lesson 2 Recognize Toxic People 33
Lesson 3 Build a Good Offense 53
Lesson 4 Create a Good Defense 71
Lesson 5 Speak the Truth 89
Lesson 6 Align with Christ 109
Leader's Guide 127