Tom Scott - 11/06/2017

1 Corinthians 13:4

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Date: June 12, 2017

Back in the office again.  Summer is one of the seasons when people are in and out of the office a lot with vacations and other activities.  Last week I was at camp with 22 high-school students.  It is always such a positive experience working with Mission Allendale because the students are such wonderful individuals.  I can’t wait to show you the pictures of the week and the projects we worked on (June 25th during the offering time).  When it comes to camp, I love spending time at Allendale.  Thanks for the opportunity to serve in that capacity.  Now that camp is over, it’s time to look forward to the rest of the summer.  In the coming days I will be laying out a plan for the summer.
Yesterday, I shared the second message in our summer series here at Cumberland.  In the message, I talked about love being kind.  Boy could the world use some kindness right about now.  We hear about all the rancor going on in Washington D.C., we see protest on the streets of Indianapolis, and we are aware of the rudeness which surrounds us all the time.  The apostle Paul tells us that love is kind.  That’s what we need in our homes, churches, communities, and world.  Here are five questions to help us reflect upon the message I shared from First Corinthians 13:4.  By the way, the sermon has already been posted to our website.

1. The message began with a couple of stories about acts of kindness done in the past.  If you had to share a story about an act of kindness from your past, which story would you share with us?

2. In the Old Testament we see in the story of Ruth and Boaz, two individuals who were kind to others.  God rewarded both of them for their kindness.  How does this story help us define the word “kind” for those who may not understand it’s definition?

3. During the last half of the message, I shared three words that help us apply Paul’s message to our lives.  First, kindness is sometimes powerful.  During the message I talked about Jesus healing the man whose ear got cut off and the islanders of Malta providing for Paul and his companions.  Has there been a time in the past when someone showed kindness to you and it really impacted your life?

4. Something else I shared yesterday is that kindness sometimes becomes vulnerable.  Jesus says in Matthew 5:46 and 47 that if we only show love and kindness to those who love us, what good is that.  There are some risks associated with extending kindness to others.  What are some risks that might experienced when showing kindness to others?

5. The third point that I made here was that kindness sometimes is tough.  There are times when kindness means standing your ground or cutting against the grain.  Can you think of a time in your life when someone showed you tough kindness?

To wrap up the message yesterday, I shared the story of Chuck Wall who gave his students an assignment to commit one random act of senseless kindness and write a report about it.  Let me offer this as a challenge for us as followers of Christ.  Let’s go out this week and commit some random acts of kindness trusting that God will use these acts as a way of impacting lives in a positive way for Him.

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