The Church Overview: "THREE LOVES" described in "THREE WORDS"
Prayerful (Love God): All of life in God’s presence.
Family (Love One Another): All of life with God’s people.
Mission (Love the World): All of life with God’s passion.
We follow Jesus every day in every area of our life, 24-7. We don’t follow Jesus as individuals only, but as a family of families consumed with His love, power and presence. The primary way we express this shared life is in The Church. Following Jesus means that we love what He loves and share in His dreams. It means we dive deep into His Father, His family, His Spirit, His story and His world. Jesus suffered and died for all people, rich or poor, from all cultures and contexts. His passion was to bring home a hurting humanity and make beautiful a damaged creation. He called all people to follow Him, and called His followers to join His mission.
REMEMBER (30 min)
Remember God: Worship and Prayer
Prayer Exercise- Spend time sharing and giving thanks for all the ways God has loved you.
Breath Prayer: From "Beautiful Name"
Breath in: You brought heaven
Breath out: Down to my heart
Remember each other: Care
Optional- break up into smaller groups for 10 min Hi/Lo check in
Remember the Liturgy:
Remember what we learned and put into practice last week: Accountability
Topic: We are the Church: A prayerful family on mission
Think about what grace, gifts, dreams and contribution God has put in you to build up the church and to bring God’s Kingdom in the world. Write those down and share them with your home church leaders.
REFLECT (30 min)
Prepare (See the Leaders Guide for a brief commentary and context for the scripture and core truth from the topic)
Introduce today’s topic and any commentary or context for the scripture
Topic Title- Great Commandment: Part 1
Share the Summary Scripture for the topic if you want
Share “Core Truths from the topic” in the leaders guide where needed
Share context for Scripture Story- Mark 12:28-34 (Jesus Shares the Greatest Commandment)
Read the Scripture: Mark 12:28-34
What is the biblical and historical context?
What does this reveal about God and People?
What does it mean to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength? What does it look like in our individual lives, tell stories?
Heart: the seat of desire and emotion
Soul: the depth of self that is distinctive to each person
Mind: the capacity and inclination to better understand our experience of God and this world and direct our attention
Strength: the ability to work and play with all our being
Why does Jesus connect loving God with our whole being and loving our neighbor as ourselves as the greatest commandment? And why are these ‘the most important’ of all in the Kingdom of God according to Jesus?
RESPOND (30 min)
Experience and Encounter
Which aspect of loving God with your whole being do you feel challenged by the Holy Spirit to grow in heart, soul, mind or strength and how? Spend time sharing and praying for one another in this area.
Lord’s Supper (Communion)
The Lord’s Prayer
Practice and Obey (for the week after)
Put into practice what the Lord showed you regarding growing in an particular aspect of love for God.