Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on May 17, 2015:
- SUNDAY: Psalm 37,
- MONDAY: 2 Corinthians 13:5-14,
- TUESDAY: Ephesians 5:1-6:14,
- WEDNESDAY: James 5:7-18,
- THURSDAY: Galatians 6,
- FRIDAY: James 1,
- SATURDAY: Romans 5:1-11,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Super Powers Sermon Title: Kindness and Goodness
Delivered On: May 10, 2015
“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?" ([bible]Romans 2:4[/bible])
Thank God for His kindness and grace in your life. Pray for eyes to see opportunities to love others as God has loved you in Jesus. Ask for courage to extend kindness, even to strangers.
Reflexive Acts of Kindness: Make a decision to always say yes to a specific situation you know you will face on a regular basis. It is a decision to say yes to an attitude and action of kindness. Put yourself on auto-pilot so you know the answer even before the question is asked.
Small Group Discussion
Who is a person in your life that has shown consistent and Christ like kindness toward you and others? How has this person influenced your life and faith?
Read: Psalm 103:1-13
According to verses 1-5, what has God done to show His kindness to you? How have you experienced God’s kindness in one of these ways?
According to verse 6, how does God feel about those who are poor, hurting, and oppressed? What are ways our church shows the kindness of God to those who are marginalized and often forgotten and how can we engage more actively in these ministries to show the love of God to those who are hurting in our community and world?
According to verses 8-13, what do you learn about God’s heart toward you and toward those who have not yet received His amazing grace?
Imagine you are talking with a non-Christian and you had an opportunity to read Psalm 103:8-13 with them. Imagine that this person is very open to learning more about faith…your faith. What might you say to them about how you have personally experienced the truths in this passage?
6. How can each of these become a “Kindness Killer” and become Kryptonite for you living a life of Jesus-honoring kindness…
• Over-developed sense of Justice (that eclipses Mercy and Grace)… “They don’t deserve it!”,
• Over-emphasis on Memories… “No one ever did that for me!”
• Over-Concerned about being “used” or “fooled.”
What can you do to battle against these attitudes in your life?
What is one regular act of kindness you are engaged in or could decide to make a part of your life?
If you were to commit to a reflective act of kindness that would stretch your faith and bless others, what would it be?