May 5 – 11

Weekly Reading for May 5 – 11

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: The Return of the King
Sermon Title: The King Will Return: Why and When

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on May 5, 2024:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Whole Relationships in a Broken World
Sermon Title: The Essential Place of Time
Delivered On: May 5, 2024


Memorize and Reflect

Ephesians 5:15-16
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Prayer Direction

Ask God to help you see where you misuse or waste time and confess this to Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with strength to use every resource He gives you (including time) for God’s glory. Thank God for this day and every day, and recognize that each day is a gift from His hand.

“Live It!” Challenge

One Week at a Time – Sit down for ten minutes with your calendar in front of you. Pray for wisdom and God’s clear leadership. Then, look at the upcoming week. Identify where you have open time and plan connections with people in your life who need time, care, and attention. Remove one or two things that are time wasters from your schedule, plan valuable things, and bless other people. If you like how this improves your life and relationships, do the same next week.

Small Group Discussion

  1. When you have free time, what is one thing you really enjoy doing with another person? Why do you enjoy this so much?

  2. If you are totally honest, what is one thing you do that is not a good use of your time? How can you reduce this in your schedule and invest more time in people?

  3. Read: Ephesians 5:15-20. What does it look like to seek to make the most of each opportunity God gives us in a day? What are missed opportunities that you could seek to take advantage of in the future?

  4. Why is Paul contrasting foolishness with knowing the will of the Lord? How can knowing God’s Word and will help us make better use of our time?

  5. Read: 1 Timothy 1:3-7. How can being caught up in controversies, speculation, and false teachings lead us to waste a lot of time? What are some better ways we can use our minds and mental energy?

  6. Read: Luke 10:38-42. What do we learn from Martha’s use of her time? What do we learn from Mary’s use of time?

  7. If Jesus taught that there are some activities that are better and more valuable than others, how can this impact how we plan our days and weeks?

  8. What are one or two ways you use your time well to build healthy relationships, and how can you do more of this?

  9. What are one or two ways you could use your time more effectively, and how can your group members pray for you and encourage you to use this time to build relationships that honor Jesus and bless others?