Taking the Long View

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

March 5, 2023 • Andrew Vang

Conversation Starters

╬ In your own life who has taken a ‘long view’ approach to love? Is there one who didn’t give up on a relationship or who was present and available through a season of struggle? Remember and give thanks.

╬  Is there someone in your life toward whom God is calling you to have a ‘long view’ of love? What is God’s language of agape love that this person may be able to hear? Ask God to cleanse you from the language of criticism and judgment that God has refrained from using with you.

Finding True Freedom

October 1, 2023 • Wade Pursell

Conversation Starters ╬

Jesus isn't the only way to God

September 24, 2023 • Phil Bremerman

Conversation Starters ╬ The world tells us that there are many places to look for meaning, fulfillment, and purpose. Salvation is only found in Jesus, He is the way, the truth and the life. If we see Jesus we see the Father. When have you looked to other things, people, or activities to “lead you to god/God”? What were those—name them. Ask God to show you how they proved less than what you hoped or expected. ╬ John 14 and Acts 4 offer hope and assurance. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” The believer does not live in a state of uncertainty. Do you doubt this “narrow path” to God or do you have even a mustard seed sized faith? Ask for prayer from those around you to help you believe your faith and doubt your doubts.

Jesus will save everyone

September 17, 2023 • Chris Piehl

Conversation Starters ╬  Two of the questions for baptism are: “Do you acknowledge your need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ and the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit?” And, “Do you look to the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation?” Can you answer “yes” today? Take a moment to re-affirm your salvation and the matchless mercy of God. If your answer is “hmm, not sure” or “nope,” I invite you pause before these questions. Ask God the Spirit to lead you.   ╬    Universalism is attractive because we hope that all people will be saved. These hopes come from a heart of compassion for the destiny of people. This compassion comes from God who is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (1Cor 1)! Compassion compels us to love those who have not yet heard the gospel and inspires us to evangelism. Who do you know who has not yet said “yes” to Christ’s love? Pray. Ask the Lord to lead you to love and friendship and service to those who need Jesus.