I Love My Church — Week 3 Study Guide

Week 3 Study Guide

Primary Verses for Study

“Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.” —Titus 3:14

“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” —James 3:13

“For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” —Galatians 5:14

“Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.” —1 Peter 2:12

Guiding Thought/Central Truth

As Christians, we must learn how to act in good deeds. This shows others the depth of our love for Jesus and for each other. It helps us grow in wisdom and truth. It’s a protection for us and serves as a witness to a world that would slander us and portray Christians in negative ways. Our behavior becomes our defense when we serve others.

Getting Started

You will need a note card and pen. Write down a need you know of from someone within the church. If you can’t think of something, it’s okay. Assess if someone you know has the skill or ability to meet that need. Write down the solutions on the note card. Some needs may be bigger than we can easily solve. Take time to pray for God to meet these needs.

    • What kind of insight about our church did you gain from this activity?
    • Is there anything about your current behavior at church that might change knowing what you know now?

Introduction

When we think of service, we most often think that we should take care of the needs of those who are lost without Jesus. But today we are going to explore the impact of service within the church body and how it can be a testimony to the world of Jesus’ love for them.

Think It Through

Read Titus 3:14.

    • What is your definition of a good deed?
    • How would someone learn to do good deeds?
    • How could not engaging in good deeds lead to having an unproductive life?
    • Within our church, how can you find out who has pressing needs?

Learning to meet needs—whether they are expressed openly or not— is important to our maturity as a Christian. As we meet the needs of people in our church, love for the church grows. Serving is more about what Jesus is doing in us rather than what we are doing for other people. We are most like our Savior when we humble ourselves and serve.

Read James 3:13 and Galatians 5:14.

    • How can you use wisdom to serve people in our church?
    • Think about spiritual gifts. Choose three gifts and write them down. Discuss how people with each of those gifts could use it to meet needs within the church. List your ideas under each gift.
    • Name some ways that we can keep the focus on loving our neighbor.
    • What do you think it means to love someone the way you would love yourself?
    • What role does humility play in serving and being served?

Read 1 Peter 2:12.

Have you ever considered that serving each other and practicing good deeds within the church could be a protection for a Christian? The love we show to each other through service is our invisible shield against the enemy’s flaming arrows. Many people, TV shows, movies, and media portray Christians as evil people who out of ignorance spread hate. God says that our acts of service and love toward one another will prove these slanderous statements false. In fact, the Bible says that these same people will not only retract their statements about Christians but they will glorify God once they realize the truth.

  • When you find yourself in a situation where your character is being misrepresented, how do you react?
  • What are some ways that we can support Christians in our church who are under attack?

How Does This Apply to Me?

If I don’t share my needs with people in my church, how does it impact their spiritual walk?

Are there people in my life with needs that I have the ability to meet currently? What is preventing me from serving them?

How Does This Apply to Our Church?

Has there ever been a time in your life when you desperately needed help but you didn’t tell anyone about it? How would you suggest that our church meet the needs of people who don’t tell us what they need? What can we do as a church to encourage one another to continue to

serve despite the fact that our character has been misrepresented by the world? How can we make it easier for people to recognize opportunities to serve and meet needs within our church?

What Am I Going to Do with What I Know Now?

Make a plan to follow through with your suggestions to help the church members in need. Do everything you can to meet the needs before your small group meets again. Allow God to teach you to love through this act of service. Be ready next week to share with the group about your experience.



This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will continue his I Love My Church sermon series.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having chili and rice.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
There will be a Church Business Meeting on Monday, January 28 at 6:30pm in the Outreach Center.  This meeting is open to all current members of TAF.  This is an extremely important meeting where we will present some proposed changes in the leadership here at TAF.  Please make every effort to attend to this meeting.  
 
Membership Transfer First Readings: Jack and Marcie Brown from TAF to Beaverton Adventist Church.  Jason Hampden from Greensboro SDA Church to TAF.  
 
You can still order one of the I Love My Church t-shirts.  There will be a sign up sheet at lunch.  
 
If you lead a ministry at TAF, we will be providing an opportunity at lunch for you to recruit additional volunteers.  
 
We will be providing the meal at the Open Door Ministries shelter in High Point Saturday night.  If you can help serve, please see Roy Foster.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


I Love My Church — Week 2 Study Guide

Week 2 Study Guide

Primary Verses for Study

“Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” —Hebrews 10:22-25

“So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” —Romans 12:5

“The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.” —1 John 2:10

Guiding Thought/Central Truth

We need each other. As Christians traveling the same path and experiencing similar life challenges, why wouldn’t we want to learn from those who have walked the path before us? They act as the GPS in our lives. They can show us how to successfully navigate the journey even when there is heavy traffic ahead! This week focuses on how building relationships—from the smallest of exchanges to the deepest friendships—can spur us on in the journey.

Getting Started

You will need a note card and pen. Mark an “x” on the card to represent the start of your journey with Jesus. Draw a line from the “x” to represent the ups and downs of your spiritual journey. The line will have hills and valleys depending on each person’s story. End the line on the other side of the card to represent where you feel you are spiritually at this moment.

At each peak or valley, write the name of someone who helped you through the valley or encouraged you to reach the peak.

Focus on the people who have helped you in your spiritual journey. Try to answer some of these questions:

    • Did this person know they had helped you?
    • How well did you know them personally?
    • Are you still in contact with this person?
    • Do you think your journey would have looked different if this person had not been there for you?

Introduction

As a body of believers, we come together with a common need for salvation. Our past and our present bind us in unity with each other. Our journeys may not look the same, but our destination is common. As we strive to be more obedient to Jesus, we need those who have

traveled the road before us to help show us the way.

Think It Through

Read Hebrews 10:22-25.

    • How does Hebrews 10:22 remind you of your life before Christ?
    • In what ways can you hold on to your faith without wavering?

Can this be accomplished without the encouragement of the church?

    • What significance does the church have in helping you to avoid the habits of your life before Christ?
    • List the ways these verses say the church should intervene in a Christian’s walk with Jesus.
    • In what ways does our church exemplify these traits?
    • What suggestions would you offer someone who wanted to do good deeds in our community? In our church? For you and your family?

Read Romans 12:5 and 1 John 2:10.

Becoming one body in Christ involves meeting together regularly, inspiring each other toward good deeds, and encouraging each other when things get hard. We demonstrate love as a church when we recognize that together we help each other not to stumble. We need each other.

    • What are some actions that promote and cultivate love?
    • Think about a moment in your life when you felt supported and encouraged. How can you reproduce that feeling for someone in our church?
    • How has someone encouraged you without even knowing they did so?
    • How can loving the people in our church help us to avoid stumbling in our Christian walk?

Love requires action. Jesus intended for us to come together as one body in unity to withstand the difficulties that would come our way as we follow after Him. In the book The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, nine characters are thrown together on a dangerous quest. The characters are all very different from each other. Some of the group are strong in might, and others are strong in character. Some seem useless but later show a hidden attribute. Several of them show weakness, and the group helps them to overcome it. In the end, it’s obvious that not one in their party would have survived without every one of the others helping along the way. Jesus has planned for our survival. We need each other to accomplish His will. The first step on the journey is learning to love our church.

How Does This Apply to Me?

What are some things you are good at doing? How can you share that skill with someone in the church?  In what ways have you personally helped someone along in their Christian journey?  What can you do to make it easier for someone to connect with you at church?

How Does This Apply to Our Church?

How can we as a church be more intentional about helping people in their walk with Jesus?  What can we do to make it easier for people to find connections in our church?  If we made the assumption that everyone who sits around us in church needs some kind of encouragement, how would our actions change?

What Am I Going to Do with What I Know Now?

This next Sabbath morning, challenge yourself to assume that everyone sitting around you desperately needs encouragement. Think of one small way to show them that you sincerely care about them. It may be a hug, a kind word, a smile, or simply trying to learn their name. Allow yourself to be open to sharing someone’s journey.



I Love My Church — Week 1 Study Guide

Week 1

Introduction

Our church has never been about the building where we meet or the programs that we conduct or even how great the preaching and music are, but it’s about the people who gather together there. It’s about us. Over the next five weeks, we will be focusing on how we as a group of believers can love our church more. How can we meet the needs of the individuals in this congregation? What does it look like to the community around us when we love each other the way that Jesus loves us?

Think It Through

Read John 13:34-35.

When you are telling someone good-bye, the things that you say in your last moments together are important. You want them to be remembered. Jesus spoke the words in John 13:34-35 hours before His death. He challenged the people in the church to love one another.

• Who is Jesus speaking to in these verses?

• What do you think is the significance of Jesus making this a new commandment?

• According to these verses, what is the impact of having love for one another?

• Tell about a time when someone unexpectedly extended kindness to you.

• In your opinion, what kinds of gestures show love to family members? Friends? Acquaintances? Strangers?

• In which category would you put most of the people in our church: family, friends, acquaintances, or strangers?

Sometimes it’s difficult to connect with people at church. When you only see each other one or two hours a week, it can be hard to know people, much less love them. Sometimes past hurts and dissention make it difficult to love our church. Yet, Jesus still commands it. It was His intent that our love for each other be so obvious that it would be the marker that identifies us as belonging to Him.

• What do you think prevents people in the church from expressing love to each other?

• What advice would you give someone who wants to overcome these obstacles?

• What effect does a congregation’s behavior have on people who do not attend that church?

Loving one another is risky. It can get personal. It can make us vulnerable. It can also give us insight into our Christian walk, provide us opportunities to serve, and open us up to irreplaceable friendships. Jesus commanded it for us. And by our love for one another, the world will know Jesus’ love for them.

How Does This Apply to Me?

What is the biggest obstacle you personally need to overcome in order to show love to the people in this church? What steps are you willing to take to overcome that obstacle?

How Does This Apply to Our Church?

If half of the members decided to extend an act of love within our church this week, how would it affect the congregation? How would it affect the congregation if they committed to an act of love every week for a month? What steps can we take to make our church renowned for its love?

What Am I Going to Do with What I Know Now?

Take a moment to pray and ask God to bring to mind one person in your church. If you know the person’s name, write it down on a piece of paper. If not, write down a few words describing the person. Now ask God to show you one way that you can love that person this week. He may give you something simple like pray for them every day, or He may give you something riskier like meeting a need they have.



This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg
 

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will start a new sermon series entitled I Love My Church.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having Chinese food.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  Last month, your check-ins resulted in 1057 meals being provided to the hungry in our community through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg
 

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Chris Michalec will bring us a message entitled Uncomfortable.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having baked potatoes.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg
 

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Chris Michalec will bring us a message entitled Scared and Confused — A Christmas Story.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having meatloaf.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!
 


This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg
 

We hope you can join us tomorrow.

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Luke Hudgins will bring us a message entitled Stay In The City.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having tacos.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
We will host a Christmas Benefit Concert Saturday night at 7pm.  Musical guests will include DEARbravesoul and Tri-City Christian Academy.  We will collect a love offering for Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards. This will be a great event to invite your family and friends to attend.  
 
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Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg
 

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Thomas Watkins will bring us a message entitled Help! Lord, Help My Unbelief.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having Asian cuisine.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
The church social originally scheduled for Saturday night has been cancelled due to the likelihood of inclement weather.  
 
We will host a Christmas Benefit Concert on December 15 at 7pm.  Musical guests will include DEARbravesoul and the Strings Ensemble and the Children’s Choir from Tri-City Christian Academy.  We will collect a love offering for Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards.  Invite your family and friends.
 
DBS Christmas Concert.jpg
 
We can’t announce everything that happens here at TAF.  Don’t miss out on things by checking the church calendar on our website or mobile app.  We also have a slide show of events on the wall during lunch.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!
 


This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg
 

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Cedric Parker will be our guest speaker with a message entitled Immanuel.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having barbecue chicken.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  Last month, your check-ins results in 805 meals being provided to the hungry in our community through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.  
 
We will host a Christmas Benefit Concert on December 15 at 7pm.  Musical guests will include DEARbravesoul and the Strings Ensemble and Children’s Choir from Tri-City Christian Academy.  We will collect a love offering for Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards.  Invite your family and friends.  
 
DBS Christmas Concert.jpg
 
We can’t announce everything that happens here at TAF.  Don’t miss out on things by checking the church calendar on our website or mobile app.  We also have a slide show of events on thew all during lunch.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!