Ephesians 4:1 (NLT) Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
Romans 12:4-5 (NLT) Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
John 13:14-15 (TEV) “I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.”
John 15:12-13 (ESV) “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Matthew 6:19-21 (GW) “Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. Instead, store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust don’t destroy and thieves don’t break in and steal. Your heart will be where your treasure is.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Jeremiah 6:14 (TLB) You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there!
Jeremiah 6:14 (MSG) My people are broken — shattered! — and they put on Band-Aids, saying, ‘It’s not so bad. You’ll be just fine.’ But things are not ‘just fine’!
Galatians 6:1-5 (NIV) Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.
Proverbs 17:17 (HCSB) A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.
John 16:33 (NLT) “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Matthew 20:28 (NLT) “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Describe a time when you heard something in your small group or other group setting that caused you to re-think your position on a given topic. What did you learn? How did it change the way you think?
Take another look at Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. Can you recall a time when you had others around you to “reach out and help”? How did it feel to know you weren’t alone?
Mike talked about building up “sweat equity”, meaning to find a way to get your involvement in ministry started. If you are already serving in the church describe how you got started. If you have been thinking about volunteering, what are your options? What are you best suited for?
Look again at “X” marks the spot. Where does the compassion of Christ reside in you? How did he get a hold of your heart and how does that intersect with our broken world?
Jeremiah 6:14 says, My people are broken—shattered!—and they put on Band-Aids, Saying, ‘It’s not so bad. You’ll be just fine.’ But things are not ‘just fine’! Share with your group a time when you realized you would need to take time to heal from a hurt, habit, or hang-up in order to move forward with your life. How did that happen for you?
Spend some time reflecting on Galatians 6:1-5. What has the phrase “carry one another’s burdens” meant in your life? What about “each should carry his own load”?
Spend some time this week talking with your children about their own “age appropriate” responsibilities and how they can tell the difference between that and the times they might need to ask for help from others.
It is clear from Mike’s direct style that he is an unapologetic, but loving, truth-teller who uses his own life experiences to show others that life is not meant to be lived on your own, but with a Savior and a community.
NorthPointe Community Church
Meets every Sunday
8:00am 9:30am 11:15am 5:30pm
Wednesdays at 6:30pm