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…

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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!! 


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 Sin is Sin.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having haystacks (taco salad).  
 
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.  
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Fall Craft Fair and Bake Sale.  We will be extending the sale in the form of a silent auction over the next couple of weeks.  Items will be displayed in the Outreach Center.  Stop by during lunch to see what is available and place a bid on an item.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit our outreach programs.  A new item will also be available during the silent auction.  This will be for a team to come and do some fall clean up for the winning bidder.  We are also looking for 5 men and 5 women to volunteer to make up these teams (a 4 hour block of time would be required).  
 
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.  The University of North Carolina at Greensboro praise team will be leading our worship tomorrow.  Matt Stockdale will continue his Didn’t See It Coming sermon series.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having spaghetti.  
 
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 833 meals being provided for the hungry in our community through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.  
 
Our Fall Craft Fair and Bake Sale is tomorrow (Saturday) night from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the TAF Outreach Center.  There will be craft items, baked goods and more for sale.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community service projects at TAF.  Come out, invite your friends and lend your support.  
 
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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.  Matt Stockdale will continue his Didn’t See It Coming sermon series.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having pizza.  
 
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 have a Fall Craft Fair and Bake Sale November 3 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the TAF Outreach Center.  There will be craft items, baked goods and more for sale.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community service projects at TAF.  Come out, invite your friends and lend your support.
 
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Our community service programs need your help.  We are continually in need of the following items: white socks, shaving cream (travel size), toothpaste (travel size), deodorant (both male and female), wash cloths, mouthwash (travel size), razors (male), hand sanitizer (travel size), soap, first aid essentials, zip lock bags (sandwich, quart and gallon sizes), underwear (male and female), shampoo and conditioner (travel size) and cotton swabs (travel size).  These items are given out throughout the year so we have a continual need to replenish our supplies.  Please consider donating these items whenever you are able.
 
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!!