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Love Where You Are Week 3: Love Where You Go

Love Where You Are Week 3: Love Where You Go

SERIES TITLE

Love Where You Are

SERIES INTRODUCTION

It may seem random, but God actually placed you exactly where you’re supposed to be — to make a difference with people you are around every day! It's time to love where you are and get excited about all the good you can do influencing your family, workplace, and neighborhoods for God!

  • Share a time you embarked on a spontaneous adventure.


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Love Where You Go

SERMON GUIDE

Luke 7 is a fascinating section of the Bible because Jesus gives us a remarkable picture of what it looks like to love where you go. He has three encounters in this chapter and models to us how to love others throughout our day.

 

  1. Have someone read Luke 7:1-10. Jesus stops and shows concern for the centurion's servant. The centurion seeks Jesus and asks him to heal him. Where do you most often turn when you find yourself in a desperate situation? The centurion believed a single word from Jesus could change everything. How does that recognition challenge your faith?

  2. Have someone read Luke 7:11-17. Jesus encounters a funeral procession, and the Bible says his heart was filled with compassion. He walks over to the procession and brings the boy to life and gives him back to his mother. Gene talked about loving others, even when we are inconvenienced. How well do you love when something as precious as your time is threatened? Share a time you missed out on being a part of God’s work by letting your schedule keep you from being in the moment?

  3. Have someone read Luke 7:36-50. One of the Pharisees, a group of religious leaders who opposed Jesus, had invited him to dinner. A woman, most likely a prostitute, walks in and starts anointing his feet with oil. He extended her grace and forgave her, which was outrageous and confusing to the Pharisees. She was filled with love and gratitude. Share a time you were overcome with God’s grace for you.

  4. How do you respond when people catch you off-guard and break into your perfectly protected life and scheduled? 

  5. Luke 7 shares 3 stories of Jesus seeing people, seeing their needs and reaching out in compassion, regardless of how others thought. How might your life be different if you were more concerned about honoring Jesus than about the thoughts of others?

  6. What changes do you need to make in your life to create space when faced with an inconvenience and not be too busy to take action. Share a time you had an unexpected interruption and saw God use that moment?

  7. Instead of keeping God’s love to myself, our love and compassion should move us to action. Most people find their way to Eastside because someone cared enough to invite them.  Who in your life needs to know about Eastside?

 


APPLICATION

If you were there this weekend, you received a red dot to place as a reminder to love where you are, where you live and where you go. Where did you put it? What is the biggest challenge you face when it comes to loving others?

PRAYER

Spend time thanking God for how much he loves you. Thank him for meeting you in the midst of your messy life and extending grace. Pray you would be aware and willing to love where you go, even if it is inconvenient. Ask God to help you be more compassionate and willing to extend mercy.

Pray for the person(s) in your life that needs to know about Jesus and for the courage and opportunity to invite them to join you at Eastside for a service.

Love Where You Are Week 2: People Matter

Love Where You Are Week 2: People Matter

Note to leaders: We are trying a new format for this series. Each week we will be providing a series of questions. If you have feedback, we would love to hear from you. Email cliefeld@eastside.com. Thanks!

SERIES TITLE

Love Where You Are

SERIES INTRODUCTION

It may seem random, but God actually placed you exactly where you’re supposed to be — to make a difference with people you are around every day! It's time to love where you are and get excited about all the good you can do influencing your family, workplace, and neighborhoods for God!

  •  What were some of the rules in place in the home you grew up in?


MESSAGE TITLE

People Matter

SERMON GUIDE

This past weekend we were in the second part of our Love Where You Live series. Imagine what the world would be like if we focused on two things – love God and love your neighbor. There are so many moments painted for us in the pages of scripture that demonstrate the idea that people matter. No one lived this better than Jesus.

  1. Have you ever written out a priority list for your family? If so, what’s on it? Why is it important for a family to clearly understand these priorities? What happens if they don’t?

  2. Have someone read Matthew 22:34-38. In Matthew 22, the Pharisees approached Jesus with a question meant to test and trap Him. In His response, Jesus gave us what is known as the Great Commandment, the teaching upon which all of the Law and the Prophets depend.

The Pharisees expected Jesus to fold under the weight of all the 613 commands in the Law. Instead of buckling under the pressure, Jesus responded immediately by identifying the most important law. Part of His answer comes from the passage in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 known as the Shema, which means “hear” or “listen.” Every faithful, practicing Jew would repeat this twice a day, and it signified giving themselves fully- their heart, their soul, their mind over to God.

3. What makes loving God the greatest command?

4. The Great Commandment emphasizes loving God with all your heart, soul, and might. What do each of those aspects of a person’s being represent?

Ask a volunteer to read Matthew 22:39-40. Again, Jesus took a command from the Old Testament, this time from Leviticus 19:18, “Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community but love your neighbor as yourself; I am Yahweh.

5. Who would Jesus say is your “neighbor”? What does it mean to love another person “as yourself”?

6. Read Matthew 25:31-40, where days before Jesus was about to die on the cross he’s teaching, and he talks about the end. Imagine a world where people were at times critical of us because of what we believed, became envious because of how we loved.

Just like Mark, who we heard from in the video, it may be a simple step of faith that shows your neighbor, your barber, your son, your daughter that they matter, and God loves them. Who comes to mind that needs that type of love and what one step could you take?

 


APPLICATION

Landon challenged us to ask ourselves “what does love require of me?”

Share what most frequently stands in the way of you truly loving others? What are some tangible expressions of this kind of love you might practice this week: At your workplace? In your home? With your friends?

Share who you could give one of the ‘what love requires’ cards this week?

PRAYER

Break into groups of 2-3 and pray for the people that came to your mind. Pray that you would live out each day loving God and loving others. Pray for courage to hand out cards to those in your life that need to know they matter to God.

Love Where You Are Week 1: Love Where You Live

Love Where You Are Week 1: Love Where You Live

Note to leaders: We are trying a new format for this series. Each week we will be providing a series of questions. If you have feedback, we would love to hear from you. Email cliefeld@eastside.com. Thanks!

SERIES TITLE

Love Where You Are

SERIES INTRODUCTION

It may seem random, but God actually placed you exactly where you’re supposed to be — to make a difference with people you are around every day! It's time to love where you are and get excited about all the good you can do influencing your family, workplace, and neighborhoods for God!

  • What does family look like for you?


MESSAGE TITLE

Love Where You Live

SERMON GUIDE

This week’s message focused on family…step family, blended family, divorced family, single-parent family, nuclear family, dysfunctional family. Romans 12 was the basis for this week’s message, with the goal to help us love the people where we live.

  1. Have someone read Romans 12:9-10. How does that play out in a family?

  2. Have someone read Psalms 39:4. Most of us are living at a pace that is unsustainable. We live in a world where the attitude is do more, accomplish more, and conquer more. What could you do to realign your schedule with your values?

  3. Regardless of your marital status, discuss ways to establish God-honoring values in your home. What are important guardrails for you and your family?

  4. Have someone read Galatians 5:22-23. Discuss how similar the characteristics in Romans 12 mirror the fruit of the spirit.

  5. Gene shared three simple ways to communicate love for each other with genuine affection in a family. You do it with a look, a word, and a touch. Are any of these difficult for you? What one is most meaningful for you to receive? How does your family upbringing influence your behavior today?

  6. How we were raised influences us as adults. Share if and how your family incorporated those three methods. If they didn’t, share how that impacted you.

  7. Romans 12:10 says to “outdo one another in honor.” The word “honor” literally means to “attach a high price tag’ to someone.” What image do you get when you think of outdoing one another with honor?

  8. What are a few ways you can show unconditional love to someone this week?

 


APPLICATION

What is one thing you discussed today that you want to implement this week with your family?

Who is someone in your life that you could show honor and value to this week?

PRAYER

Break into groups of 2-3 and pray that He would aid you to love the people in your life and honor them in your words and actions this week.