Let Sunday’s message have a continuing effect throughout the week."
Takeaway Truth from Sunday’s message – People May Be More Receptive Than We Think.
Bible Passages - The book of Jonah; Matthew 12:41 & Luke 11:32; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Matthew 22:39
What stuck with you from Sunday’s teaching? What questions came to mind as you considered the Bible passage and message?
A recent survey of unchurched people revealed 78% are open to hearing or discussing spiritual matters. Does this surprise you? What assumptions do you make about the unchurched around you?
Read the account in John 4:1-42 and especially note Jesus words in John 4:35. How does the effect of the disciples’ trip into town compare with the results of the woman’s trip to town? As you go about your regular routines of life, how often are you mindful that you are sent as Christ’s ambassador? How would your actions change if you assumed people were receptive to God’s truth?
“Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. What you see reflects your thinking. And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see. If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa
“True intellectual strength is not merely the ability to think. It is the ability to choose what to think and when to think. Thought is the founder of legacy. Words shape us. Head-talk forms us.” – Alicia Britt Chole
How much choice do we have in our thinking and how does that affect our emotions and behavior?
Alicia Britt Chole offer this practical advice concerning our thought life: Next time a thought presses our minds for entrance, pause long enough to ask, “Can I think this thought with Jesus? Am I engaged in a duet with God or a solo with myself in my thoughts?”
Jesus says one of the greatest commandments is to love our neighbor. What did you learn from the exercise evaluating your relationships with your neighbors?
What is it you appreciate about God as revealed these passages?