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In Matthew 16:26, Jesus tells the crowd, ‘For what will

In Matthew 16:26, Jesus tells the crowd, "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" Simple but profound questions that have the power to change our lives.

To gain the world means to gain all that the world has to offer – money, fame, success, power, satisfaction, and much more. To lose our soul means to lose the key to all life which is a relationship with Jesus Christ and access to the presence of God.

First off, it must be made clear that there is nothing wrong with gaining money, fame, success, and power if they are God's will. To say the least, God wants every believer to gain blessings here on earth just as much as we are reserved the blessings of heaven. However, what Jesus does not want to see is believers forsaking God for the sake of temporal earthly success.

Many people today try to gain wealth, power, and success by their own means and through their own strength. It can be easy to forget that all we have and everything we do comes only as a result of God's grace. Deuteronomy 8:18 reminds us that it is God who gives the ability to produce wealth, yet so many people have the attitude and thinking that their wealth comes primarily from their hard work.

As a result, people like this find it hard to submit to God's will when called to change course, to be generous when God calls them to be generous, or to say no to corruption and cheating when it promises more wealth.

When we chase after earthly blessings as the primary motive of our lives and apart from the will of God, we forfeit the being of our souls. As a result, our souls start lacking the love, compassion, peace, gentleness, patience, and self-control that comes only when we abide in Christ. We start living our lives as if our money and fame will last forever when the truth is that it cannot even compare to the blessing of eternity when we make Christ our prize.

When God is our reward, He adds everything we need to it. When Jesus is all we want and desire, we never go hungry, never lack money, never lose influence, and never leave the path of success. Proverbs 10:22 says, "The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it."

God wants us to gain the world, but never at the expense of losing our relationship with God. We are called to seek God first in all that we do and allow Him to add the world unto our plates.

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/what.it.means.to.gain.the.world.but.lose.our.soul/86385.htm

Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:

  • Compare the advantages of trusting in God compared to putting your faith in your own abilities.

Instructions

  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Prepare a discussion post that answers the following questions:
    1. Describe some time when you had to purchase some major items and had two or more alternatives.
    2. How did you evaluate the cost-vs benefits of each of the alternatives?
    3. Ultimately, how did you determine which alternative to purchasing?
    4. Looking back on that purchase, do you regret your decision or believe that some other choice would have been better.
  3. Your initial post should be 200 – 300 words long and is due by the fourth day of the workshop.
  4. Respond in writing to two of your classmates.
  5. Each written response should be 100 – 200 words in length and demonstrate a critical analysis of your classmate’s post. 
  6. These responses are due by the end of the workshop.

6/20/22, 2:38 PM Preview Rubric: 7.1 Discussion (25 Points) – 3SU2022 Data Analytics & Research (BADM-707-01B) – Indiana Wesleyan University

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7.1 Discussion (25 Points) Course: 3SU2022 Data Analytics & Research (BADM-707-01B)

Criteria Excellent Competent Needs Improvement

Inadequate/Faili ng

Criterion Score

Question No.

1 & 2

/ 8

Question No.

3 & 4

/ 8

8 points

Demonstrated

clear, insightful

critical thinking

discussing the

alternatives

and evaluation

of cost versus

benefits for a

purchase of a

major item.

7 points

(6-7 points)

Demonstrated

competent

critical thinking

discussing the

alternatives

and evaluation

of cost versus

benefits for a

purchase of a

major item.

5 points

(4-5 points)

Demonstrated

limited critical

thinking in

discussing the

alternatives

and evaluation

of cost versus

benefits for a

purchase of a

major item.

0 points

(0-3 points)

Demonstrated

little to no

critical thinking

in discussing

the

alternatives

and evaluation

of cost versus

benefits for a

purchase of a

major item.

8 points

Demonstrated

clear, insightful

critical thinking

discussing why

the purchase

one did make

and if one had

any regrets

now.

7 points

(6-7 points)

Demonstrated

competent

critical thinking

discussing why

the purchase

one did make

and if one had

any regrets

now.

5 points

(4-5 points)

Demonstrated

limited critical

thinking in

discussing why

the purchase

one did make

and if one had

any regrets

now.

0 points

(0-3 points)

Demonstrated

little to no

critical thinking

discussing why

the purchase

one did make

and if one had

any regrets

now.

6/20/22, 2:38 PM Preview Rubric: 7.1 Discussion (25 Points) – 3SU2022 Data Analytics & Research (BADM-707-01B) – Indiana Wesleyan University

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Criteria Excellent Competent Needs Improvement

Inadequate/Faili ng

Criterion Score

Response to

Classmates

/ 66 points

Demonstrated

clear, insightful

critical analysis

of one's

classmates’

postings in

determining

the logic of

their

arguments, the

correctness of

their facts, the

reasonableness

of their

interpretations

and

consistency

with the

substance and

intent of their

references.

5 points

(4-5 points)

Demonstrated

competent

critical analysis

of one's

classmates’

postings in

determining

the logic of

their

arguments, the

correctness of

their facts, the

reasonableness

of their

interpretations

and

consistency

with the

substance and

intent of their

references.

3 points

(2-3 points)

Demonstrated

limited critical

analysis of

one's

classmates’

postings in

determining

the logic of

their

arguments, the

correctness of

their facts, the

reasonableness

of their

interpretations

and

consistency

with the

substance and

intent of their

references.

1 point

(0-1 point)

Demonstrated

little to no

critical analysis

of one's

classmates’

postings in

determining

the logic of

their

arguments, the

correctness of

their facts, the

reasonableness

of their

interpretations

and

consistency

with the

substance and

intent of their

references.

6/20/22, 2:38 PM Preview Rubric: 7.1 Discussion (25 Points) – 3SU2022 Data Analytics & Research (BADM-707-01B) – Indiana Wesleyan University

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Total / 25

Overall Score

Criteria Excellent Competent Needs Improvement

Inadequate/Faili ng

Criterion Score

Grammar,

Spelling,

Length, and

Citation

/ 33 points

Sentence

structure is

complete with

correct

spelling,

punctuation,

capitalization,

varied diction,

and word

choices.

Assignment

length is

correct with

sources

correctly cited.

2 points

Sentence

structure has

minor errors

(fragments,

run-ons) with

correct

spelling,

punctuation,

capitalization,

and limited

diction and

word choices.

Assignment

length is

correct with

sources

correctly cited.

1 point

Sentence

structure has

several errors

in sentence

fluency with

multiple

fragments/run-

ons; poor

spelling,

punctuation,

and/or word

choice.

Assignment

length is

inappropriate

with several

format and

citation errors.

0 points

Sentence

structure has

serious and

persistent

errors in

sentence

fluency,

sentence

structure,

spelling,

punctuation,

and/or word

choice.

Assignment

length is

inappropriate

with several

format and

citation errors

or sources not

cited.

Excellent 23 points minimum

Competent 21 points minimum

Needs Improvement 18 points minimum

Inadequate/Failing 0 points minimum

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