LOVE the 937: love THEM

LOVE THE 937

September 25, 2016

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God is love? Check. God loves me? Check. Me love THEM? Not. So. Fast. 

While it's fairly easy to love the people most like us, it takes a small miracle to move out of our comfort zones to begin relationships in new spaces and places. Could it be that God's best blessings are only ignited as we faithfully, miraculously step into new territories of promise? 
Join us this weekend at Ginghamsburg for great moments of celebration, hope and vision for new places in our community- 

LOVE the 937:
love THEM

 

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"Love THEM"

Jeremiah 29:4-7



Who Are Your THEM?

  • Genesis 11:9
    • Good Samaritan: Luke 10:29, 36-37
  • Ephesians 2:14-18



Disrupt Your Normal

  • Esther 4:14



Move Into The 937

 


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God is love? Check. God loves me? Check. Me love THEM? Not. So. Fast.

While it’s fairly easy to love the people most like us, it takes a small miracle to move out of our comfort zones to begin relationships in new spaces and places. Could it be that God’s best blessings are only ignited as we faithfully, miraculously step into new territories of promise?
– Love the 937. Love THEM.

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 them here. When the page opens, click the date under NOTES (on the left hand side) to access the full document.


MONDAY: Jeremiah 29:4-11
Israel has been moved, exiled to a land that is not its own. How did God ask the people to respond to their oppressors? What was God’s promise? How does God expect us to respond to our oppressors? What is God’s promise for us?

TUESDAY: Luke 10:25-37
The Samaritan was the last person expected to help the man beaten along the road. He was the Samaritan’s “them.” Who is your “them”? Who are those people in your life that are strangers, enemies, people that are very different than you? How do you typically respond to “them”?

WEDNESDAY: Romans 12:17-21
Jesus said very powerful, yet difficult things about loving “them.” How does Jesus expect his followers to respond to enemies? What makes Jesus’ teaching so difficult for you?

THURSDAY: Genesis 12:1-9
God called Abram to move out of his comfortable space to an unknown place for Abram. Abram was moved from comfort to uncomfortable for a purpose. Where is God moving you? Where is your comfort keeping you from following Jesus? What would uncomfortable with a purpose look like for you?

FRIDAY: Acts 9:32-43
Dorcas was a follower of Jesus who cared for widows in her home town. They were a forgotten population of people. Who in your community is easily forgotten? What is God asking you to do about it?

SATURDAY: Psalm 34
Read through the Psalm and note who it is God is comforting. Why does God seem so concerned about the broken hearted? Name people in your life who need God’s comfort. Reach out to at least one of those people this week.

SUNDAY: Acts 1:1-8
Jesus sent the disciples into their area—into their 937—to tell their God story and share the love of God. How are you loving the 937?

 



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Jeremiah 29:4-7

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