Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on August 14, 2016:
- SUNDAY: James 1,
- MONDAY: James 2,
- TUESDAY: James 3,
- WEDNESDAY: James 4,
- THURSDAY: James 5,
- FRIDAY: Ephesians 2,
- SATURDAY: Hebrews 11,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Faith in Action Sermon Title: Exercising Patience in Hard Times
Delivered On: August 7, 2016
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. ([bible]Hebrews 6:10[/bible])
Paul tells us in [bible]1 Corinthians 3:14[/bible], “If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.” Pray that you will be found faithful in the work of loving others and thus fulfilling the command of Jesus Christ ([bible]John 15:8-11[/bible]). Pray also for strength to love others, even when you feel empty and don’t have love to give. Ask for God to love others through you.
The question is, "Why are we patient with others?" The answer is that we are waiting for that reward from the hand of our Lord for such faithfulness to His command. The last words we have of the Apostle John are “My little children, love one another for this is all sufficient!” Identify one person you are having a hard time being patient with. Ask God for patience and strength. Then, make an extra effort this week to show God’s love to this person.
Small Group Discussion
What is patience and what does it look like in others?
What does the coming of the Lord have to do with patience?
What was “Job’s perseverance”?
In what way is the Lord full of “compassion and mercy”? How have you experienced God’s compassion and mercy in your life?
What does swearing have to do with patience?
Why would I be patient? What seems to get in the way of me being patient and how can I overcome this?
What should patience look like in my marriage (if I am married)? How can I grow more patient with my spouse? How can others pray for me as I seek to be patient in my marriage?
What should patience look like in my family? What is one step I can take that will help me grow more patient in my home and with my family?
How can I grow in patience in my friendships, with my neighbors, or in the workplace? How will patience strengthen this relationship? How might impatience hurt the relationship?