This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on April 12, 2020:
The word “Because” usually points to something. Finish one of these statements:
• Because I am a Christian…
• Because I have freedom…
• Because I am your friend…
• Because Jesus is alive…
How would the world be different if Jesus were not alive and risen from the dead? How would your life be different today if Jesus was not alive and with you?
Read: 1 John 4:7-22. What is the connection between God and love? How should God’s love for us impact the way we live our lives?
Tell about a person in your life that really needs to experience God’s love for the first time or in a deeper way than they ever have. What specific things can you do to be a conduit of God’s love to this person?
Read: Ephesians 4:32. What does it mean to believe that we are called to forgive those who have wronged us “just as in Christ God forgave you”?
What makes this kind of forgiveness difficult? What steps can we take to grow into a forgiving person who extends the same grace we received from Jesus?
Read: John 8:12 and Matthew 5:14-16. What does Jesus mean when He declares himself the “Light of the world”? What does it look like when the people of Jesus “have the light of life” and shine it in the world?
Read: 1 John 5:4-5. What do you think Jesus means when He says that our faith can overcome the world?
What is one thing in this world you believe needs to be overcome with the power, glory, and presence of Jesus? What can you (individually and as a group) do to be part of God’s plan to bring victory over this thing?