We had a great February working on the Outward prong, discussing “How We Are Supposed to Live” and getting the chance to live it out during Love One Another Night. Each small group had a very special time of spending the evening with someone special in our church. From all accounts, it was a real blessing – and much needed – in their lives. One said that she hadn’t had that much fun in years. It was also a real blessing for each of us that participated. And that’s no surprise, because loving is fun! It’s what we were made for, and we are at our very best when we are loving; and we all love being at our best.
This month, we begin expanding that sphere of influence as we look further outward to explore “hows, whys, and what fors” of fulfilling God’s call on our lives to reach our “neighbors.” It starts this Friday with our study, “Loving Our Neighbors.”
Make sure you arrange your schedules to come and begin grounding yourself in learning how to live out your calling.
We have a great opportunity to build on Love One Another Night by befriending and hanging out with some wonderful elderly friends this Saturday. It’ll be a feel-good time of encouragement, doing what’s right, perspective, and fun. The residents at the Care Center are so special and rich in heart, you’re sure to be blessed.
Meet at the Hsiehs’ at 9:30 a.m. You’ll return to the Hsiehs’ by around noon, where we will have lunch together (or you can go home). Let your small group leader know if you can make it!
This Friday, we will put the “love one another” mandate into practice as each small group will be reaching out to and ministering to someone or some family from church. We’ve heard the teaching, we’ve discussed it, and not we live it out.
Please check with your small group leaders for the time and place to meet. Go in the love and name of our Lord, and give it all you’ve got!
In preparing for the topic of Impacting Our World, I have ended up spending most of my prep time on the topic of love – the nature of love, real love vs. true love, like vs. love, levels of love, love vs. lust, whether you need to believe in God to love, etc.
So love will be the topic this Friday. It is necessary to explore and understand this prior to delving into a discussion about impacting our world, as is indeed love that “makes the world go ’round.” Make plans to come out to TD this Friday! – Arthur
This Friday, we continue our year’s theme: Engage: Living Life in HD. We spent the first part of the year looking at our engagement UPWARD with God. This week we begin heading OUTWARD, as we begin looking at how to engage and impact our community and world around us. We will spend a few months here and work towards softening our hearts, growing our perspective, and improving our impact in our world.
This week, we’ll begin exploring our calling and the type of impact God wants us to have in the world … an impact, it’s probably safe to say, that most of us are not having.
Start the new year off right and get in step with God’s vision for 2019!
See you Friday!