BOTTOM LINE: If you want to connect with God, be in community with people.
What is risky about living in community?
How do you typically respond to tension in a relationship?
Genesis 2:18 New Living Translation
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
Matthew 22:37-40 New Living Translation
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
If relationships are messy, confusing and draining, why would you pursue them anyway?
Why do you think God designed us for relationships?
Name one PERSON you can serve this week and one WAY in which you can serve them.
Creator God, thank you for creating us for community. Help us to accept others as you have accepted us. Help us to serve others in our community. To walk along side them through the ups and downs of life. In your name we pray, AMEN.
Use this simple blessing with your family, while you bless one another, mark the cross on the forehead of each member as a reminder of your baptism.
(Name), you are a Child of God.
Share a high and a low from the past week.
Answer this question again: “I am… (noun)”— something that describes you, or how you are feeling right now.
John 15:1-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
What is the purpose of pruning when gardening? How does this relate to the way that Jesus calls us to live?
Have you ever felt that you were being “pruned”? What kinds of things have been cut away from you that were painful at the time but brought about a beneficial change?
What kind of fruit are you bearing? What kinds of things are “good fruit”? “bad fruit”?
Dear God, thank you for bringing us all here together again. We have learned so much about you through the words of your son, Jesus Christ, and we hunger for a deeper sense of you and your love for us. Be with us as we continue on this journey; help us to love one another and to use the gifts you gave us for the building up of your kingdom. In your name we pray. Amen.
May the True Vine give you strength, life and possibility.
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