January 17 – 23

Weekly Reading for January 17 – 23

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Getting a Grip
Sermon Title: Getting a Grip on Your Health

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on January 24, 2016:


Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Getting a Grip
Sermon Title: Getting a Grip on Your Relationships
Delivered On: January 17, 2016

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Memorize and Reflect

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ([bible]Genesis 1:27[/bible])


Prayer Direction

Thank God for designing us with a need for community and praise Him for one or two of the people He has placed in your life that are a true blessing. Thank God for the people in your life who love to celebrate with you and who you can rejoice with when good things happen. Pray for courage to get close enough to people to share your sorrows with them and also so you can help bear their burdens. Ask God to help you move toward relationships that have true spiritual accountability.


“Live It!” Challenge

Lift My Arms: Think of one area of your life where you are having a hard time maintaining strength and a grip. Invite one or two friends to pray for you and even offer practical help as you walk through this time.


Small Group Discussion

  1. Tell about a person you could go to for support in a hard time of life and describe how your life be different if you were not in relationship with this person.

  2. Read: Genesis 2:18, Genesis 20-25, and Psalm 133:1
    What do these passages teach us about our need for relationships? Why do you think God wired us for community and relationship at such a deep level?

  3. What are some indicators you tend to notice when a relationship is in a good and healthy place? What are indicators that things are not healthy in a relationship?

  4. Read: Luke 15:5-6, Luke 15:8-10, and 1 Corinthians 12:25-26
    Why is it important for us to have people in our life who know how to celebrate and rejoice in the good times? Tell your group about something in your life right now that is exciting and joyful!

  5. Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Galatians 6:2, and 1 Corinthians 12:25
    What are some of the dangers of keeping our struggles and pain all to ourselves? How can sharing these things lighten our load? Tell your group about a challenge or struggle you are facing right now.

  6. Read: Proverbs 11:14 and Proverbs 15:22
    Why is life so much better when you have a few people with wisdom to give you insight and perspective when you face tough times? Tell about a person in your life who has this role of bringing prayerful wisdom.

  7. Read: Exodus 17:10-12
    Who holds up your hands and helps you stand strong in the hard times of life?

  8. Why is it important that we invite and allow others to hold up our hands in the times we are growing weary?

  9. How does a strong relationship with Jesus help make all of the other relationships in your life more healthy?

  10. Tell about a person you could go to for support in a hard time of life and describe how your life be different if you were not in relationship with this person.

  11. Read: Genesis 2:18, Genesis 20-25, and Psalm 133:1
    What do these passages teach us about our need for relationships? Why do you think God wired us for community and relationship at such a deep level?

  12. What are some indicators you tend to notice when a relationship is in a good and healthy place? What are indicators that things are not healthy in a relationship?

  13. Read: Luke 15:5-6, Luke 15:8-10, and 1 Corinthians 12:25-26
    Why is it important for us to have people in our life who know how to celebrate and rejoice in the good times? Tell your group about something in your life right now that is exciting and joyful!

  14. Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Galatians 6:2, and 1 Corinthians 12:25
    What are some of the dangers of keeping our struggles and pain all to ourselves? How can sharing these things lighten our load? Tell your group about a challenge or struggle you are facing right now.

  15. Read: Proverbs 11:14 and Proverbs 15:22
    Why is life so much better when you have a few people with wisdom to give you insight and perspective when you face tough times? Tell about a person in your life who has this role of bringing prayerful wisdom.

  16. Read: Exodus 17:10-12
    Who holds up your hands and helps you stand strong in the hard times of life?

  17. Why is it important that we invite and allow others to hold up our hands in the times we are growing weary?

  18. How does a strong relationship with Jesus help make all of the other relationships in your life more healthy?