This is part 2 of "My Church Is..." We will never have all the answers. But I believe our local churches should be a place where we can come together in community to seek the face and heart of a loving God who does have all the answers. It's at church where we can figure some things out. ... Feel free to use this content for your local Bible study group/small group from church.
Think About It
Many people don’t come to church, let alone Christ right away because they feel like they have to have everything right, or everything figured out. Once they get their life “cleaned up”, then they can approach God. IT’S NOT TRUE! Unfortunately, this wall hinders many people that desperately need and want Jesus. Jesus wants you just as you are, right where you are. Once you come to Him, He will be the One to transform you from the inside out and help you to “figure it out.”
Why was it important for Jesus to be intentional in where he went, who he ministered to, and how he ministered to people?
Read John 4:4-9
What prompted the woman to give such a hostile greeting to Jesus? How can patience play a role in how you address hostile reactions from others?
Read John 4:10-15.
What is the significance of Jesus asking the woman for a drink first?
What is Jesus offering the woman in these verses?
Read John 4:16-18.
Jesus addresses the life that the woman has been living.
How does being open and honest with Jesus make a difference in her life?
How does being open and honest with the Lord make a difference in your life?
Read John 4:20-24
What would best describe the woman’s view of worship?
What does Jesus describe as true worship?
How do you express worship? Why is it important to you?
Read John 4: 25-26.
It is at this point that the woman recognizes Jesus for who He truly is. She first calls him “A Jew”, then “Sir”, then “Prophet”, and finally, “Messiah”.
What are your thoughts on her progression of knowing who Jesus was?
What did you used to think of Jesus as when you first encountered Him? How has that perception changed or grown?
Lord Jesus, thank You that You have been so patient with us when we have perceived You and do, at times, perceive You in the wrong way. Please forgive us if we have ever treated You as common when You are holy, as less than a top priority when You always deserve to be the highest of the highest priorities. Thank You for revealing more and more of Yourself to us. Let the revelation You give us about who You truly are move us to be challenged to handle You more carefully than ever before each time we have an encounter with You. Moreover where there is revelation, let us experience transformation. We will be so careful to remember that You are worthy of honor, glory, and praise each and every day. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Testimonies are powerful. When you share a testimony about how good your favorite dish is, for example, the people with whom you shared your testimony will probably be more likely to want to try it since you shared your testimony than if you had not shared it. There are many people who would believe in Jesus if only someone told them how great and wonderful He is. We should never be afraid to share our testimony about what Christ has done and what He is doing in our lives. Our testimony about Jesus is a powerful tool in leading others to believe in Him. Our testimony about Jesus also encourages other believers to KEEP believing in Him. Revelation 12:11 says “…they overcame…by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” Pray that the Lord would show you the people with whom you need to start conversations. Prayerfully, those conversations lead to them receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior.
It has been quite some time since my last post! I just wanted to bring something fresh to my blog page and challenge my fellow believers in Christ to think about what church means to them. One thing I am constantly aware of is the fact that church is never to be about "me" and what I want. It's all about Christ and serving Him as we administer the Gospel truth to those who need to hear it and as we help those people in need. Feel free to use the content below for building up a discussion in your own Bible study group or small group from church. (I'll be doing a part 2 for this mini-blog series tomorrow.)
Think About It
Selfishness greatly hinders our spiritual growth. In Scripture, emphasis is placed on relationships to others. We are instructed to love others, serve others, help others, encourage others, admonish others and restore others. If we nurture the selfishness we were born with as sinners, we will not grow into mature and fruitful believers. If we focus only on ourselves, we might miss great opportunities to be a blessing to others to build up the Lord’s kingdom.
What causes people to be selfish? What makes some people unselfish?
What does God think about selfishness?
Read Luke 29: 3
Is dealing with selfishness difficult for you?
What do you believe is the greatest danger of selfishness?
Who is the most unselfish person you know? What qualities or actions have you seen in this person’s life that lead you to believe he or she is unselfish?
Lord thank You for loving us even when we are selfish and stubborn. Help us to love one another and to draw closer to You. Forgive us for letting pride, ego, and various distractions keep us from focusing on how to live a selfless life for You. You have adopted us into Your family. Moreover, You have called us to love our brothers and sisters and to be there for others who need to hear about the saving grace of Christ Jesus. Help us to be the kind of people who lead lives of selflessness and who are in sync with You as we follow Your perfect example, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
It is human nature to be self-centered. We have ideas on how things should go and we get frustrated when they do not go as we planned. We believe that we deserve to have things our way, on our terms. What we fail to realize is that a sense of entitlement and selfishness has crept into our relationships with people and with God. We must strive to overcome it.
We often need reminders of what is really important. Ask yourself: is it worth losing a relationship over? Are your preferences more important than the needs of other people? We need to keep the perspective of following God’s plan and His purpose for our lives rather than just following our desires.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.