WEEK OF NOVEMBER 5TH, 2017

DAY 1 – 1 John 3: 1-3

St. John, in his letter to Christians of Asia minor (and to us), expands on the great love that God the Father has shown us: that we are already His children! And the world does not recognize us as God’s children simply because they refuse to acknowledge God—or even acknowledge that there is a god. And as God’s children, we will be “like” God when we are in His presence in Heaven. Because we are loved by God the father and part of His family that changes how we live and show others the love of Jesus.

Read 1 John 3: 1-3

Head
Read the introduction and then 1 John 3:1-3.  Share what your favorite part of being a child is/was. Share what is hard about being a child.

Talk about what it means to hope in Jesus right now for you.

Heart
In 1 John we see that people struggled to recognize the church because they did not know who Jesus was.  How does our culture view the church today? How does this affect their struggle to recognize who Jesus is?

How can thinking about yourself as a child of God help us share Jesus with others? 

Hands
Who are you loving and building a relationship with because you are a loved child of God?

OR

In worship this week we talked about people who have been hurt by the church. Talk to 1-2 people this week and ask what their struggle with church and Christianity is. Talk with your family about what you heard or learned from these conversations. 


DAY 2 – Matthew 5: 1-12

Jesus begins his Sermon on the Mount with a listing of godly characteristics which we call the Beatitudes. These characteristics are:

Poor in spirit, meaning those who recognize that they need God’s spiritual intervention.

Those who mourn, meaning those who lament their own sins, needing God’s forgiveness.

Those who are meek, meaning those who do not aggressively demand their satisfaction but instead depend on God’s favor.

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, meaning those who recognize that they need God’s rather than man’s righteousness.

Those who are merciful, meaning those who are compassionate toward others.

Those who are pure in heart, meaning those whose words and actions reflect God’s righteousness in their hearts.

Those who are peacemakers, meaning those who promote true world peace through the proclamation of God’s salvation through their words and actions.

Those who are persecuted, meaning those who have been used and abused simply because they love and serve Jesus.

Read Matthew 5: 1-12

Head
Jesus begins the sermon on the mount with the familiar ‘beatitudes’. Here he makes eight statements about people who are blessed. These seem to run counter in many ways to what our culture would think of for blessed people. Take time together to read Matthew 5:1-12. Now read the explanation provided and talk through each of the eight. Share the one that is easiest and the one that’s hardest for you? 

Which of these beatitudes do you think would be most radical in your context/ friends/ workplace/...? 

Heart
Pick one or two that you can focus on this week for yourself. Why did you pick those?
Who can you pray for this week?

Hands
Who are you loving and building a relationship with because you are a loved child of God?

OR

In worship this week we talked about people who have been hurt by the church. Talk to 1-2 people this week and ask what their struggle with church and Christianity is. Talk with your family about what you heard or learned from these conversations.