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Sermon for August 1, 2021
Title: “Lessons Learned About Relationships” (Part 1 of Variants Series)
Worshiping God requires soul preparation. Therefore, prepare yourself well. Sleep early and wake up early. Avoid staying up late on the night before your meeting. Dedicate your whole being to the Lord and be ready to engage with your group. Take a bath, and dress up properly, as if you are going to meet someone special. Prepare the place where you will be meeting. Make sure there are no distractions. Come into the presence of the Lord with the right heart attitude. Be ready to worship Him fully and with your whole being.
SUGGESTED OPENING PRAYER
Lord, this pandemic has been going on for quite some time now. It has not been easy. One struggle that we can all be honest with is relationships. How do we maintain our relationships during this difficult time? Help us, Lord. Give us wisdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
SCRIPTURE READING – John 13:34
Read this passage slowly and meditatively at least three times. Ask God to direct your eyes to a word, phrase, or sentence that He wants to use to speak to you. Then, share with one another the word, phrase, or sentence that the Lord has led you to focus on. You can also share why this word, phrase, or sentence impacted you.
Before getting into the study of the word of God, prepare some food and drink and eat together in the presence of the Lord. Catch up with each other. Do some “soul talk” first. Encourage one another in the Lord. Don’t forget to pray for each other at the end of your fellowship time. Remember these Scriptures:
“So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together.” (1 Cor 11:33)
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God, and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46b-47)
MOMENT OF SILENCE
Spend a few minutes in silence and solitude as you prepare your soul to encounter God through His word today. This is a good time to be quiet.
After hearing this message, look for friends online who might be interested to discuss this with you. Use these Discussion Questions to process the message with them. Also, don’t forget to invite them to follow Jesus. Show them how to do so by sharing your testimony. Help them to help others to follow Jesus also just like you did with them. Teach them how to use this tool. Of course, don’t forget: JOIN A SMALL GROUP TODAY!
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