Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide

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Compassion Fatigue Or Compassionate Faith?

Caring

Day 1: Read Matthew 25:40. As you look at your life right now, do you feel a greater sense of compassion fatigue or compassionate faith? What’s your “least of these” story about how God sent someone to help you in a time of your need?

Day 2: Read Matthew 25:34-36. How can you define “your job” by the good you do? How is God using you to meet the needs of others?

Day 3: Read Matthew 10:42. Boy Scouts teach more than doing a good deed every day, but doing a good turn at every opportunity. What opportunities did you catch, to either do or receive good yesterday? What opportunities did you miss? Why?

Day 4: Read Matthew 25:44-45. Jesus in this story in Matthew 25 not only shows the road of compassionate faith, He also speaks of the indicators of compassion fatigue. Which ones does He identify in these verses? What are the signs of compassion fatigue you see as warning lights in your life? Why is it so important we deal with compassion fatigue and learn to start caring again?

Day 5: Read Matthew 25:37-40. When I think of these words from Matthew 25, I think of the life of Mother Teresa in reaching out to the poor and dying in Calcutta, India who observed, “When I look at the face of a needy person, I see Jesus.” Where have you seen the face of Jesus in the life of another? When have others seen the face of Jesus in you?

Day 6: Read Matthew 25:40. If you're battling compassion fatigue, then I challenge you to give this a try. When you first wake up, instead of thinking about all the trials and tribulations you must endure, ask this instead, "Lord, whom can I bless today?"

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the books: The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Our World by Richard Stearns and Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It by Robert D. Lupton.

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.


Life Together

Better-together

Monday: Read 1 John 3:1. If you are God’s child and He is the Father of all, what does this tell you about your relationship to other believers?

Tuesday: Read 1 John 4:11, 21, Galatians 6:2, 6, James 5:16. For each of the passages answer these two questions. What are we to share? How can we share this?

Wednesday: Read Proverbs 27:17 and Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. After reading these passages, if there is someone else in the room with you, explain to that person why fellowship/Christian community is important.

Thursday: Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-27. Who gave the members their various parts? (V. 18) What is the Spirit’s desire? (V. 25) What attitudes can lead to disharmony in the Body? (Vv. 15, 16, 21) Are there any unnecessary functions (members) in the Body? (Vv. 20-22). Think of what happens when you hit your finger with a hammer. How does this affect the entire body?

Friday: Read 1 Peter 5:1-5. This passage gives direction to pastors and church members. In doing so, it also gives good leadership principles for us to follow as we lead within the church. Looking specifically at verses 2-3, develop a list of right ways to lead and another list of wrong ways to lead.

Saturday: Read Ephesians 4:2-3. According to this passage, what will preserve unity in the Body? How do these behaviors help preserve unity? Examine your attitudes toward other Christians. Is there another member of Christ’s Body you find difficult to relate to in love? Why?

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

 You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.


Donate What You Don't Use Or Need

Read 1 Timothy 6:18. How does Paul describe what it means to “be rich”? Think about this practical application this weekend: 

  • You have something in your life that is valuable to someone that is not used by you.
  • Maybe it’s clothing you haven’t worn in a few years or the bike collecting dust in your garage.

Who might be delighted to possess something that is unused in your home?

Who might you give it to specifically?

Or perhaps you need to make a run to Goodwill or another great organization with a practical donation of stuff.