What impacted you in this week’s message?
Remember the four Greek words for the English word, love:
Agapē – God love, unconditional, not based on merit, a consuming passion for the well-being of others.
Phileō – friendship or companionship love
Storgē – protective love, parental love
Eros – romantic love
Think about the different relationships you have (e.g. marriage, parenthood, dating, school, work, community or etc). Does the above help you to better define what’s motivating the interactions you have? Have you been “loving” someone incorrectly? This may imply a relationship that wasn’t properly defined. If so, what’s your plan to change while still showing kindness, compassion, and respect?
What noble causes has “love” motivated you to get engaged? What could be holding you back from getting more involved? What is your plan to overcome it?
Read Luke 10:25-37. What are some practical, realistic steps you can take in better loving your neighbor?
Read Matthew 28:18-20 and Matthew 5:13-16.
All followers of Jesus are called to contribute to the global Church’s (i.e full the body of Christ) noble causes such as the Great Commission and being Salt & Light. There is a call to also actively participate in the local church (i.e. a specific part of the body of Christ) serving its roles by engaging the needs of the local community.
Take a moment and pray and ask God for clarity on your role in each. Also, ask Him to grant you the courage and strength to build an action plan and execute it. Also ask Him who in your circle(s) can you share it with to help hold you accountable.
Genesis 1:26-31 and Jeremiah 29:11 affirms that God created us on purpose, with purpose. There’s intentionality in ALL that God does. Like Moses in Exodus Chapters 2-4, we all have to develop over time, and God will use a combo of regular, everyday occurrences and significant events to cultivate growth and launch us into our destiny. Take time to reflect over your life. Can you connect the dots to where God has led you today? Be sure to take a moment to thank God for life, then find someone to share your story with an attitude of thanksgiving for what the Lord has done in your life, enabled you to accomplish and celebrate that He’s not through with you yet.
Read Philippians 2:1-11. What stands out to you about Jesus? How can you better follow His model of love and living in your life today?
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