Today is Thursday, April 6th, 2018. In the face of the evil that happens every day in our world often times, my only hope it to cling to that which is good. God and His gospel is the greatest good. The hope that lies in this pushes me forward each day to reach out in love to those around me. I try to approach each interaction with others by being as genuine as I can be. Showing respect and honor in love to those my life intersects with. This is not to say our ministry is a contest where I abhor those who fall short around me. In fact, I often fall short. I lose my patience with others and put myself first. This selfishness of my own should be detested. I look to Christ and cling to His example shrugging off my own selfish life.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What do you abhor? What do you “cling” or “hold fast” to?
_ How can love be sincere or genuine?
Heavenly Father we pray today that your Spirit may cause us to cling to what is good and abhor that which is evil. Let us show love for one another just as Christ did in His ministry on earth until his return. Amen
DISCOVER [Romans 12:9-10]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
_ In vs 9 what should love be?
_ What should be done with evil?
_ What should be done with good?
_ In vs 10 How should we treat one another?
_ What should we outdo?
_ How should we outdo?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Are you holding to anything evil instead of abhorring it?
_ How are you daily reminding yourself that God gave up His very son so you may come to see His love?
_ Is there anyone in your life who needs to hear the hope that lies in the gospel of Christ?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?