Weekly Reading for January 12 – 18
Preparing for Next Week’s Message
Sermon Series: We>Me
Sermon Title: Overcoming Barriers to Consistent Community
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on January 19, 2020:
- SUNDAY: Romans 12,
- MONDAY: 1 Corinthians 12,
- TUESDAY: Galatians 3,
- WEDNESDAY: Ephesians 1,
- THURSDAY: Ephesians 3-4,
- FRIDAY: Ephesians 6,
- SATURDAY: Philippians 1-2,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: We>Me
Sermon Title: Jesus Loved People and They Loved Him
Delivered On: January 12, 2020
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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
Thank God for His example of perfect and eternal community. Pray for Jesus to help you see how He loved people and ask Jesus to help you grow in your desire to grow in community with others. Pray for courage to keep walking in community, even when it is hard and people do not treat you well.
“Live It!” Challenge
Make Time to Connect: Try this for three months. Jump into a small group, or join a Bible study, or find a ministry you can serve in consistently. As you try this, seek to build new friendships and relationships with other Christians.
Small Group Discussion
Describe a time you felt close and life-giving community outside of the church. What made this community so rich?
Describe a time you felt close and life-giving community within the life of the church. What made this community so rich?
People in the church can be kind, gracious, and loving. They can also be judgmental, harsh, and unkind. Why is it important to follow the example of Jesus and be in community, even when it can be painful?
Read: Matthew 28:19-20. God lives in perfect community, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How does the nature of God (Trinity) set an example for how we are to live our lives?
Read: Matthew 22:37-40. Jesus calls us to be in community with God and with people. Why do you think God is so serious about His children being in community? What would our lives and faith be like if we had no community?
Read: Matthew 4:18-20 and Mathew 9:9-11. Jesus called His first disciples to be in relationship with Him, but also with each other. Who are some of the people you are in close Christian community with and how do these relationships make your life and faith richer?
Jesus called people who were very diverse (A Tax Collector and a Zealot) to serve Him together. Why do you think Jesus chose disciples from such differing backgrounds? What can we learn from His example?
Read: John 13:2-5. Jesus shared a meal with Judas (who would betray Him), Thomas (who would doubt Him), and Peter (who would deny Him three times). Then, Jesus washed all of their feet. Why would Jesus be such a close friend with people who were going to hurt him? How is this an important example for all of us?
What are ways we can restore and heal past broken relationships with Christians who have wronged us? Why is this so important?