Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on January 14, 2018:
- SUNDAY: Matthew 22,
- MONDAY: Romans 8,
- TUESDAY: Jeremiah 31,
- WEDNESDAY: Romans 12,
- THURSDAY: Philippians 4,
- FRIDAY: 2 Timothy 1,
- SATURDAY: Psalm 119,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: A Healthy Life Sermon Title: Growing Healthy Relationships
Delivered On: January 7, 2018
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. ([bible]Ecclesiastes 4:12[/bible])
Thank God for the people He has put in your life that have taught you what healthy relationships look like. Pray for friends and family members who are dealing with broken or strained relationships (and pray for yourself where relationships are in hard times). Ask God to give you power and humility to do your part to build strong relationships.
One Hour Mission Trip Identify some kind of service you can do through a Shoreline ministry or on your own right here in our community. Find something you can do in about an hour. Invite a friend, family member, or some other person to join you on this local mission adventure. As you serve side-by-side with this person, pray that God will deepen your relationship.
Small Group Discussion
Tell about two people you know who have a healthy and God-honoring relationship (it can be a husband and wife, friends, work partners…). What is it about these relationships that show clear signs of health?
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 From the very beginning God has been clear that people are not made to be alone (Genesis 2:18). Why do you think God designed us, from the very beginning, to need relationships? What do we lose and miss if we avoid deep and real relationships?
What are some of the things in our modern world and culture that move us toward more side-by-side time and less face-to-face interaction? What can we do to increase our face-to-face time and heart-to-heart interaction with the people in our lives? (Use specific examples)
Look at the “Great Questions” on the Shoreline website. How could using these questions (and other good questions) help deepen your relationships and take them to a whole new level?
Why is laughter, play, and fun important for a relationship to grow strong and healthy over time? What do you do for fun and how could you infuse more fun in your relationships?
Read: Ephesians 4:32 What does it mean to forgive others “just as in Christ God forgave you”? What keeps us from extending forgiveness in a Christ-like manner? What can you do to increase your capacity to forgive?
Why is praying with the people in our life important? What gets in the way of us praying more? What can we do to increase the amount of time we spend praying with the people in our lives?
Tell about a time God grew a relationship through being in the trenches of serving together. What are ways we can create service opportunities for us to engage in with family members, friends, and others?
Read: Hebrews 3:12-14 What is an area of your life that you need encouragement, accountability, and challenge to press forward? How can your group members come alongside of you and help you grow in this area of your life?