REFLECT

Imagine what our world might look like if Christians became known for remarkable love, as well as life-giving truth. In our rush to speak truth to today’s cultural issues, it’s all too easy for us to focus on proving our points rather than extending God’s grace. But when we seek only to love but never proclaim a better way, we short-circuit God’s plan. As followers of Jesus, we need to be known for both truth and love. Join us this Sunday as we learn how to influence the world the way Jesus would.

REALIZE

1. We influence others for Jesus with Truth.

Leader Notes

  • Every single one of us is influencing other people, not just social media influencers. Each one of us has a sphere of influence. As believers God has called us to influence other people toward Jesus.
  • The more we grow to look like Jesus, the greater the influence we’ll have on people around us.
    God is calling each and every one of us to greater levels of impact, influence and effectiveness that can only come as we walk both in truth and love. We have to walk in both truth and love together. If we have one without the other, we get totally out of whack and end up doing more harm than good when it comes to showing people who Jesus is.
  • The power of the Holy Spirit to save people is at work in and through God’s truth – his Word, the Gospel, what he’s revealed to us as we walk with him. If we move away from the truth of God’s Word, we move away from the power to save and change lives.
  • For each of us, God is inviting us to walk in his truth and align our lives with his Word. Maybe there’s a relationship or a habit God is inviting you to change. Let’s be courageous in our honesty with one another as we discuss today how God might be asking us to walk more fully in his truth. When we come to the Word of God and engage God’s voice in the Bible, he is always inviting us to change in some way.

How do you need to realign your life with God’s truth in his Word?

2.  We influence others for Jesus with our Love.

Leader Notes

  • Without love, sharing God’s truth with others can be an opportunity to come across as harsh or judgmental. When we speak truth from a heart posture of love for God and others, we will always have the right motive, and no matter how we are received we will have done our due diligence to walk in obedience in what God has asked of us.
  • In order to love others rightly, we have to experience God’s love first. Each of us faces unique obstacles to receiving God’s love, whether it’s our relationship with our parents or fathers, hurt from other Christians, the loss of something precious in our lives, or the death of a dream. Sometimes it’s our own sin that obscures our view of the love of God, and we’re our own worst enemy. We think we’re defined by our sin or the wounds we’ve sustained in our pasts, but really, God has given us new identities in Jesus and the freedom to receive his love, which transforms our lives and allows us to experience something so much more beautiful than we could apart from him.

How is God inviting you to walk in love with others in your life this week?