Love Where You Are – Week 1

During the “Love Where You Are” sermon series, we encourage you to take a look at the way Jesus loved those around him. Over the next four weeks, we’ll provide Bible passages for you to read as well as questions you can work through on your own, with family, or with friends.

Read Matthew 8:5-13

Here we read about a Roman Centurion requesting Jesus’ help. This was unusual because a Centurion was a career military officer and was hated by the Jews.

The Centurion could have let many obstacles stand in his way – pride, doubt, language, distance, time, culture, race, fear, lack of confidence. However, the officer’s strong faith allowed him to approach Jesus in full confidence.

  • What obstacles do you allow to stand in your way when it comes to approaching Christ and asking him to help you or someone you know?
  • Do you have a neighbor who is in need of earnest prayer? How could you make yourself available to them for spiritual comfort even if they are not spiritual themselves?

Read James 5:13-16

According to this passage, we are called to pray in all circumstances.

  • Why do you think many people think of prayer as a “last resort?”
  • If God’s power is infinitely greater than ours, it only makes sense to rely on his power rather than our own. What would need to change in your life in order for prayer to become your first response?

Action

Take time this week to walk your neighborhood and pray for your neighbors using the card you received this weekend with Numbers 6:24-26.

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