Tom Scott - 9/07/2017
1 Corinthians 13:5
Date: July 10, 2017
Hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was much quieter in our neighborhood this weekend thanks to all the fireworks being shot off during the week. We were grateful to have Jase back with us this Sunday as he got an opportunity to visit with his mom in Florida. Yesterday morning we had a good worship service between the music and the message. This series on defining love from First Corinthians chapter 13 is a bit challenging. Talking about what love is and isn’t hits close to home for some of us. Case in point was yesterday’s message on being rude. Paul says that love is not rude. There are times when we slip and come across as being rude. All of us have done it at times. That’s why I focused the message on developing strategies for dealing with rude individuals. Hopefully you were able to get something out of the message that with help you impact lives for God. Let’s take some time this week to work through these five questions based upon the message.
1. When was the last time someone was rude to you and how did that experience influence your feelings towards that individual?
2. Can you think of some times in the gospels when people were rude to Jesus and how did he deal with those individuals?
3. During the message I shared five strategies for dealing with rude people. The first two were to irritate the person or ignore them. What are some of the pitfalls of engaging these two strategies when it comes to dealing with rude people?
4. The next two strategies looked at respecting the individual or disarming them. Paul says in Ephesians 5:1-2 that we are to imitate God and live a life of love just as Christ loved us. Can you think of a time or two when you could have done a better job at implementing these two strategies?
5. For the fifth strategy, I looked at the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:44 where he tells the Jews to love their enemies. Paul says in Romans 12:14 that we are to bless those who persecute us and not curse them. What are some ways that you can bless those who are rude to you this week?
Let’s continue to keep on inviting people to church
In His Service,