Today is a beautiful day as we continue to serve our Lord. Many times after the initial excitement about a thing wears off, the participation wains. We want to work against this in our Lifelines. The best way to do this is to create something new for your Lifeline. It could be a simple game night. It could be a service project. It could be a fun activity such as bowling, etc. It could even be a theme night for the food. Feel free to organize and plan with your Lifeline something to keep the energy up.
Also, encourage your coordinators to be consistent in sending out reminders by text and sending out prayer requests by email. This helps people stay connected.
Thanks for all you are doing!
(Friendly reminder: Remember the Agape offering)
QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK:
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Joshua 2:1-21
1. On Sunday, Pastor Lee mentioned how many theologians try to dismiss the fact that Rahab was a prostitute because the original language of the Old Testament could be either a prostitute or an innkeeper even though the writers of the New Testament chose words to describe Rahab that could only mean prostitute. The main reason is because some do not want to have a prostitute in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Why do you think this is?
2. What does it say to you that the Lord chose a prostitute to show kindness to and to place in the genealogy of Christ?
3. The Lord rescued Rahab because of her faith in Him. Psalm 91:14 says that the Lord will rescue us because we love Him. How do we know when we love Him? (Facilitator Notes: Read John 14:23-24 - Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.)
Follow up question: How does obedience equal love to God? (Facilitator Notes: If all of the commands are based on loving God and loving others, then when we obey, we show love to the Lord by honoring Him, and we show love to the Lord by loving those whom He loves. For example, if someone loves you, they will also love your children. If they treat your children with contempt, how can they say they love you.)
Can we say that sincere obedience to our Lord prompts Him to rescue us according to Psalm 91:14? (Facilitator Notes: We can not confuse the fact that we need to be delivered as a sign that the Lord does not love us. The reason we need to be delivered out of tough situations at times is because of our own sin, the sin of others, or the original sin of man. God is not the cause of our valleys, but when we sincerely love Him, He is moved more fervently to rescue us.)