Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on July 17, 2016:
- SUNDAY: James 1,
- MONDAY: James 2,
- TUESDAY: James 3,
- WEDNESDAY: James 4,
- THURSDAY: James 5,
- FRIDAY: 1 Timothy 6,
- SATURDAY: Malachi 3,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Faith in Action Sermon Title: Loving with the Heart of God
Delivered On: July 10, 2016
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. ([bible]James 2:1[/bible])
Thank God for loving you just as you are and praise Him for teaching you how to follow Him in ways that make you more who He wants you to be. Pray for an awareness of any favoritism or discrimination that might be in your heart and life. Then, ask God to help you treat all people with the same love Jesus would extend to them.
Heart Check – As you walk through the coming week, watch your attitudes, actions, and motives. Identify any places you show discrimination toward another person. How do you tend to favor one person and not another? If this is ungodly favoritism, confess it and ask God to help you see people as He does, with love and care.
Small Group Discussion
Tell about a time you felt discriminated against or when you felt you were excluded because of favoritism. How did this experience affect you?
Tell about a time you recognized unhealthy favoritism in your heart and actions. Where did this come from and what come of these actions?
How are favoritism and discrimination present in our culture today and how should Christians respond to this?
Read: James 2:1-4 James is crystal clear that believers in Jesus must not show unhealthy favoritism. How should our faith in Jesus uncover discrimination and change our attitudes and actions when it comes to how we love people?
What are some of the ways that favoritism in the church can pop up or become part of the church culture? What are some possible consequences if we don’t identify this and deal with it?
Jesus loves all people equally. He sees our sin, cares about us, and gave His life for us. How should we treat people who are different than us? How should we treat those who can be seen as outcasts in our culture?
How should the church look different than the world when it comes to how we love people from many and various backgrounds of life?
How do you see Shoreline growing a heart like Jesus that loves people right where they are?
How do you see yourself growing to love people right where they are? How does this help them draw closer to Jesus?