SERIES BIG IDEA:
We are a gathering on Jesus’ mission to expand His kingdom by loving Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and sharing Jesus with people far from God.
TEACHING BIG IDEA:
We are glorifying Jesus by living on Jesus’ mission.
Jesus established the church as a gathering of people to bring His kingdom to earth. It was based on the faith statement that Jesus is the Son of the living God sent to restore the relationship between God and man. Jesus’ kingdom is made up of all those who follow Him. His mission is to expand His kingdom. We join His mission by loving Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and sharing Jesus. We glorify Jesus by loving Jesus and living for Jesus, by becoming like Jesus and loving each other, and sharing Jesus and loving the world. Committing to live on mission with Jesus glorifies Jesus. Central to what the church does is glorifying Jesus.
TALK IT OVER (Discuss One or More):
Share a story of how you “fell in love” with someone. What was the attraction? Explain how the person you loved responded and how that response was important or not. What is something that has happened in your life that you were extremely excited about? How did you share with others about what happened?
Explain what the church is. In what ways do people think of it as a building? OR as a gathering of people?
Read Romans 5:8. In light of all of us being sinners, how could God love us?
Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Explain in your own words how you earn and receive the grace and love of God? How do you response to receiving God’s grace? How do we live for Jesus? How does this glorify Jesus?
Explain why we should want to become like Jesus. How does the Holy Spirit help us become like Jesus? What are ways that we love each other? How does becoming like Jesus & loving each other glorify Jesus?
What are ways you can share Jesus with those who are far from God? Where are people that we can share Jesus with? How do you respond when someone doesn’t respond to you sharing about Jesus? How should you respond? How does sharing Jesus with others glorify Jesus?
Other Scriptures to Read:
1 Peter 4:11
1 Corinthians 10:31