RELATIONSHIP - This Sunday by Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
The only imperative (command) verb Jesus uses in his instructions here is “love”; as one person wrote: “love is an act of the will, not a warm feeling or a clever expression of experience. True love requires you to deny yourself.” What happens when this type of love is absent from a relationship?
Who is your closest friend? What do you value about that relationship? Genesis 2:18 is the first time in the creation account that God declares something is not good: “It is not good that the man should be alone…” What makes human relationships so difficult (cf. Gen. 3:7-12; 4:8-9; Gal. 5:15; 2Tim.3:1-5)? What makes them so necessary?
The Greek word koinonia - translated frequently in the New Testament as fellowship - literally means “sharing in.” In 1 Thessalonians 2:8, what does Paul say that he “shared” with the church family? Practically, how can we nurture this type of relationship with one another in our church family?
Author Ernest Boyer, Jr. wrote: “God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet every day, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love”? How is a relationship different from belief or knowledge? How will you nurture your relationship with God in 2013?
This year, how will you personally nurture your relationship with your “neighbor”? Dream together how we together as a church family might lavishly love our neighbors this year?
SUNDAY SCHOOL & COFFEE - 9:30 a.m.
WORSHIP GATHERING - 10:45 a.m. NURSERY (INFANT -AGE 4) PROVIDED