This is designed to be an extension of our Sunday worship service. Take a few minutes to have this conversation with those who watched the worship service with you. If you watched alone, give another friend who watched alone a call and have the conversation over the phone.
Which best describes your relationship with God? Outside the door, in the room, or on the path.
Share something that was said or sung that resonated with you this morning.
Take a moment to pray with and for the person with whom you just shared.
These are intended for conversation around the dinner table, in the car, or before bed at night (ideal for ages 7 and up). Start each conversation by reading 1 John 4:12-16.
Monday: What’s the difference between a two dimensional understanding of the Christian faith and a three dimensional understanding? Tuesday: What’s something you understand about God now that you didn’t understand a year ago? Wednesday: What’s one way that your relationship with the Lord as grown or changed in the last year? Thursday: What’s something that you have found works well to grow your relationship with the Lord? Friday: What is the “next” God has for you? What stands in the way? Saturday: Work on memorizing 1 John 4:7-21. Recite what you can to yourself in someone in your family
You can also use the above readings and questions as a personal, daily devotion and journaling prompt.
Use these questions in discussion with spiritual friends. Spiritual friends are those who intentionally move into one another’s life to spur one another on in spiritual growth for the Glory of God.
1. How have you known and relied on the love of God this week?
2. What obstacles have you encountered? What is a next thing to which He’s calling you?
3. How can you show others a further demonstration of God’s love this coming week?
Inwardly-focused Spiritual Practice
Daily spiritual discipline – Take time to meditate on God’s Word’s in 1 John 4:7-21. Be quiet enough to listen to the voice of His Spirit speaking through this passage and into your life.
What are ways you could use your daily devotional time to deepen your relationship of mutual abiding with God?
God in you: How could you grow in mindfulness of the Spirit who lives in you and is at work within you? How could you grow in cooperating with his work?
You in God: And how could you grown in mindfulness of your heavenly Father, who is your home, with whom you are in intimate relationship? How could you grow in resting in, and enjoying, him?
Outwardly-focused Spiritual Practice
Seek to love those God places in your path. Be intentional to share Jesus’s love with them through word and deed.
With the love of Jesus in view, reach out to a neighbor or co-worker or someone in need.