Love - Build Up Community With Gifting And Re-Gifting
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Pastor Burkey delivered this week's message based on John 3:26 (NIV) and expanding on the "5 Love Languages / 5 Love Tanks":
- Words of Affirmation
- Quality Time
- Receiving Gifts
- Physical Touch
- Acts of Service
Monday: Read John 3:16 (NIV). When have you recieved a gift from someone that impacted the relationship between you and the giver? Why do you think part of God's nature is that "God loves, therefore, God gives?"
Tuesday: Read Psalm 107:1 (NIV). The world’s motivation for giving can be summed up as “I give so you’ll give to me” or in love tank language – “you fill my emotional love tank, I’ll fill yours.” How is God’s love so different from the world’s motivation to love? What are five specific areas you can thank God for today?
Wednesday: Read Psalm 107:2a. In the NIV 2011 translation of this verse it reads, “Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story...” What is your story of God’s love at work in your life? What has God been doing in your life this month? (Be Specific!)
Thursday: Read Psalm 107:8-9. When do you give thanks to the LORD? Do you wait for something good to happen? Can you place an intentional time in your schedule to give thanks to God? When will it be each day?
Friday: Read James 1:17-18. We are so used to gifts with strings that we become suspicious of all gifts. James reminds us God is the giver of all good gifts? As you look over this year, what good gifts have you received from God? When you think of giving to others – what part of the gift giving process do you enjoy the most – ideas for the gift, getting the gift, giving the gift, or watching the joyful reaction to the gift you give? How has gift giving impacted your relationship with others? Who do you know that receiving gifts is their primary love language?
Saturday: Read John 3:16-17. The Word says that what goes around comes around. With God’s love, we know when God’s love goes around everything changes. Why is it so important to remember these two verses together? Inspired by how God gives, where do you need to grow in your ability to give gifts to others?
You can go deeper this week by:
- Read the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.
- Download the app at iTunes or go to 5lovelanguages.com
- Give a thoughtful, loving, and caring gift to someone you love who you believe has receiving gifts as their primary love language. Reflect on the impact such a gift had on the person and on you.
You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.