Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on January 29, 2017:
- SUNDAY: Matthew 4,
- MONDAY: Luke 18,
- TUESDAY: Matthew 19,
- WEDNESDAY: John 21,
- THURSDAY: Luke 9,
- FRIDAY: Acts 4,
- SATURDAY: Acts 7:1-8:8,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Church...Why Bother? Sermon Title: Because the World Needs What We Have
Delivered On: January 22, 2017
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ([bible]1 John 3:17[/bible])
Ask God to show you the field you need to work in. It may be here, across the country, or in another country. With all your heart, pray. Then when His leading touches you, nudges your heart, commit to taking a first step towards what He’s called you to. If you’re already in the field, ask for strength to grow and clarity to see the greater vision.
After praying and deciding to take a step, commit to following through for at least one year with your first step of engaging. Research tells us that a brief attempt won’t do. You’ll learn new things each week about the direction you’ve taken and your investment will grow if you stick with it. God will supply the patience and stamina!
Small Group Discussion
What do you see as the most important needs in the world around you?
Read: Luke 15:1-2 What do you imagine the tax collectors and sinners gathered around Jesus were hearing from him?
What is it that Christians have to offer the world?
Describe the difference between internal needs and external needs.
How can we as members of the church family, address these needs?
When you hear “The hands and feet of Jesus,” what does that mean to you?
Read: Proverbs 22:9 How does being generous bring blessings? What kind of blessings?
Share any type of church/community contributions you’ve made and why.
We enjoy one of the most privileged standards of living the world has ever known. What does it mean to you that we’ve been given so much?
If you could serve the needs of others anywhere in the world, what would you do and where would you go?