Do Love

A Special Weekend

November 15, 2015

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Mike Slaughter

Painful changes in our world have prompted us to change the tone of worship this weekend.  We’ve seen the images on our screens and there is something inside us that just stops for a moment and ask, “Why?"  Why create human beings capable of this kind of evil?  It’s dark, and in moments like this — in places like Beirut, Paris, Sudan -and Dayton—it can feel like darkness is winning.

This weekend we’ll gather to remind ourselves that we are not at war with God. We are at war with evil- the result of choices made that are against the created order of God. Our God is love – and calls us his people to DO LOVE —to be light in dark places. Join us, won’t you?

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"Do Love”
Ephesians 6:10-18

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Refocus:

Questions to go Deeper

LIFE INVESTMENTS

 

The world hypes our investments for retirement, education, home ownership and emergency savings, but as Jesus followers we should rethink real-life investments. Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here. 
 
Monday: Read Luke 12:13-24
If you knew it was your last night what would you do relationally verses financially? How can you rethink being wise with your resources for the future, but also bold in generosity today? Plan to act in a boldly generous way this week.
 
Tuesday: Read Luke 12:13-24
What consumes the majority of your time? How much time is spent connecting with others intentionally weekly? How do you feel during and after investing your time wisely in others? Recall times spent investing in others, and how God used that to grow/change his kingdom.
 
Wednesday: Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-17
What resources do you bring to the church? Who and how have others built upon the foundation Christ gave you? What decisions should you make to protect God’s investment in you as a resource for his church?
 
Thursday: Read James 5:1-6
With consumerism, how are the poor oppressed worldwide? What organizations do you support with time/money that fight or feed consumer-driven oppression? When and how have you “failed to pay the workers”?
 
Friday: Read James 5:7-11
Why is patience spiritually important and describe waiting patiently in suffering? What did that spiritual investment teach you? How have God and others invested in you during times of patient endurance in suffering? How can you invest in others currently trying to endure patiently? In what ways could money have/have not “solved” your suffering?
 
Saturday: Read Matthew 25:14-29; Luke 12:48b
Describe patterns of managing your allotted resources. How was there growth/decline? Who shaped your actions for good/bad? How can you invest in relationships that encourage faithful and joyful resource investment? Take action to increase your investments in the kingdom.
 
Sunday: Review 1 Corinthians 3:10-17; Luke 12:13-24
In reviewing this week’s study, what is a repeated theme upon which you can focus?  How do you understand the impact of this theme in your relationship with God and others? Plan to enact changes this week.

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Mike Slaughter / November 14-15, 2015     

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