Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on January 13, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Psalm 19, Genesis 1,
- MONDAY: 2 Timothy 3,
- TUESDAY: Ephesians 2,
- WEDNESDAY: Psalm 103,
- THURSDAY: Psalm 84, Psalm 42,
- FRIDAY: 1 John 1,
- SATURDAY: Philippians 4,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Longings Sermon Title: Longing for Love
Delivered On: January 6, 2019
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
As you start the new year, ask God to give you a deeper awareness of His great love for you and for the people around you. Thank Him for showing you His love through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower you to love others with the same love you receive from Jesus.
Memorize the Fruit: Take time this week to memorize Galatians 5:22-23 so that you know the nine fruit of the Spirit. Thank God for the fruit that is growing in your life. Ask Him to increase the fruits that need to grow more.
Small Group Discussion
Read: Galatians 5:22-23. Which of the fruit of the Spirit is growing strong in your life and what is one example of this growth?
Which of the fruit of the Spirit needs to grow more in your life and how can you take a step toward growing this fruit even more?
Tell about when you first learned and really understood the greatness of God’s love for you. How did this deepen your faith?
Read: Psalm 139:1-13. What does God know about you? How do you feel when you realize that God knows all of this about you and that He still loves you with an everlasting love?
We are called to extend God’s sacrificial love to each other. Tell about a Christian you know personally who has taken sacrificial actions toward you or someone you know. How does their life inspire you and show the love of God?
What are ways we can love others to the point of inconvenience and even painful personal sacrifice? What is one sacrificial act of love you believe God wants you to extend to another person and how can your group members cheer you on and pray for you as you seek to act on this?
What kind of things show and communicate love to you? How is this unique to you?
Why is it important to study people, get to know them, and discover the unique ways that they receive love? How can you become a better anthropologist and pay closer attention to the people round you so that you can extend love more effectively?