I’m so very blessed that you all have stuck with me on this Stress Point journey. This chapter is one of my favorites as I feel it is really practical and very applicable–stuff you can do TODAY. Because, isn’t that what this is all about? Making life changes today rather than read nice things and think, yeah, that was inspiring…but then…nothing.
Welcome to WEEK 9 of our Stress Point Study. Topic: Making A Difference In Your World.
If you are just joining us, I’m super glad that you are! Feel free to click to the Stress Point Online Study Archives and work your way through to Chapter 9. Don’t rush…we will be here when you get to this chapter!
Let’s get started…
The Real (Video Blog)
The Raw (Discussion Questions)
~Which girlfriend case study do you identify with most?
~Do you ever feel that tug to make a difference in the world but throw your hands in surrender because the need is too great and you are just one person?
~What ways do you see that you can make a difference in your own backyard? How can you join in with your church or other organizations to be a cheerful giver of your time. (Like we talked about in the video blog) There are some great examples in Stress Point page 204-206
The Relevant (Bible Study Discussion Questions)
~On page 198 I cited John 5:17, 19-20. This was a pivotal passage for me in my faith walk with Jesus. Read over the passage below a couple of times and let it sink in:
17But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” 19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
Now take a moment to read my Subway and Taxi illustration on page 198 of Stress Point. What are your thoughts on this concept?
~On Journal page 208 I refer to John 15:1-5. Take a moment to read that passage.
In this John 15:1-5 he word abide means to remain, stay, dwell, endure. The word fruit in this passage brings to mind the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. By continuously remaining connected with Jesus (abiding), your fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.) will be poured out on those around you.
How does this apply to serving others and making a difference in your own backyard?
Can’t wait to hear what you all think about these concepts. Leave a comment and let’s have a great conversation!