Relationships are a beauty to behold that awakens possibilities.
Many of us have some relationships that are less than ideal, but often we are blessed with other relationships. Describe a relationship in your life that has been a true blessing.
This week, we continued in our series, A Tale As Old As Time, with Pastor Chris addressing Who’s Touching You? Many of us are battling relationships and need to recognize the power of God because He is the God of break-throughs. He alone can bring about a break-through in marriages, the workplace, friendships, ball fields, etc. We need to be filled with His supernatural power and be spiritually mature in order to place others ahead of ourselves. Being vulnerable and “raw and real” at church is critical to forging authentic relationships. And when we have authenticity, possibilities are awakened. Pastor reviewed the six foundational truths of the Christian faith from Hebrews 6 (repentance, faith, baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgement), and he focused on the importance of laying on of hands. A golden touch can transfer treasures, and whoever touches you has the greatest impact on you. We need to be a church that is truly an oasis and not a mirage. We must BE love before others BElieve. Pastor outlined four steps to make and keep the greatest relationships:
1) Be others focused.
2) Be transparent for transformation
3) Let your past go.
4) Be Spirit-filled.
Sadly, our country has many fatherless families, but believers are one family! We are all children of the Almighty God!
Read Phil. 2:3-4.
1. Share with your group a person (or persons) who has impacted your life for the Kingdom of God. How did they model humility and selflessness for you? Who in your life can you treat with a new level of respect and humbly serve this week? Your spouse, co-worker, family member?
Read Heb. 6:1-3.
2. Discuss the meaning of this passage. How can a Christ follower progress in spiritual maturity?
Read Lk. 4:40, I Tim. 4:14, Acts 8:18, Acts 6:6, and Acts 13:3.
3. Laying on of hands is seen throughout the Bible, and is evident in these verses. This is a simple gesture with weighty symbolism, and it is often connected with four concepts: blessing, healing, separation, and the coming of the Holy Spirit/giving of the gifts from the Spirit. Which concept is connected with each of these passages?
Read John 13:34-35.
4. Jesus commands us to love one another. This is not a new concept (Lev. 19:18), but what is new and revolutionary was that we are called to love one another AS CHRIST LOVES US! Discuss what this type of love is.
5. Is there any room for petty bickering, jealousy or division at Faith Promise?
Pray for God to empower, enable and equip you to place others before yourself.
As a community of believers, ask one another for specific prayer requests. As you pray, lay your hands on one another and commit to praying for each other all week long.
Finally, pray to be the Church that Christ described and desires- an oasis and not a mirage! One where people truly love each other and care for another.
Who can you share this message with this week? Who can you invite to FP next weekend to experience a genuine church community that loves each other?
We encourage groups to try the Discovery Bible Method as an alternative to these discussion questions. You will find details for this Bible study method here. For this week, please study Colossians 3.
1. Answers may vary. This is a time for members to remember in thanksgiving believers God has placed in their life to bring them to faith in Him. It is also a good time to realize that they could be instrumental in others coming to faith in Christ.
2. The writer of Hebrews was saying that at first, believers must understand the essential truths of Christian faith (repentance, faith, baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgement) before they can move on to a more deep and complete understanding. Once a Christ follower believes and understands the foundational truths, they progress in faith by yielding to Him, receiving His Word, and acting on it.
3. Healing, gifts from the Spirit, coming of the Spirit, blessing (possibly separation), separation.
4. This type of love is based on Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. This type of love is what can bring others to faith in Christ (BE love before they BElieve!), and it also has the power to keep believers strong and united in a world that is hostile to God.
5. No! Discuss ways to avoid disagreements and ways to solve them.