Gentleness, July 28 – August 4

        Scripture: Galatians 5:16-26

Message Outline

 

What is “Gentleness”?

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29; 21:5; 2 Corinthians 10:1

 

 

How can you show the four faces of gentleness? 

            By yielding to God’s will in his Word

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:21

            By patiently loving your family at home and church

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12; James 3:13, 17
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

            By humbly restoring a believer in sin or error

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. Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 4:21; 2 Timothy 2:25

            By respectfully answering people who ask questions

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15; Titus 3:2

 

 

What is the divine reward for gentleness?

Blessed are the meek (gentle), for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5        

 

 

What’s Going On

Study book for Fruit of the Spirit available today

Get your copy of The Fruitful Life by Jerry Bridges to go along with the summer series, $10 cash or check at the Welcome Center today or purchase a digital copy from online book sources.

Daniel Book

Big God in a Chaotic World, A Study of Daniel 1-6. The book is now available. You can purchase at the Welcome Center today or online at Confiapublishers.org. Scan the QR code for more information about the Daniel Book.

Marriage Roots Conference

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We invite you to grow deep at the Marriage Roots Conference Aug. 2-3. Buy tickets and get details online or at a kiosk today and take your relationship to the next level. Invite a dating, engaged or married couple to come along with you. Childcare options are available.

Baptism

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If you have accepted Christ and are ready to take the next step of being baptized on Aug. 18, use your Care Card to let us know and we’ll contact you. Baptism rehearsal is Monday, Aug. 5, 7 pm in the Chapel. You may also contact the church at 972.547.7000 or visit the website.

Volunteer Expo

Have you thought about serving in church, but have no idea how you to help? Or maybe you have some questions that need answering before you raise your hand to volunteer? That’s what the Volunteer Expo is all about. Volunteer Expo is during both services next Sunday. We’ll release a bit early to make time for you to meet ministry leaders and ask questions so you can figure out where you fit in the body of Christ.

Equipping For Impact (EFI)

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As a part of the body of Christ we have all been given gifts and abilities to use to impact others. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 17, 9-4 pm, for a once-a-year opportunity — Equipping for Impact. This day of inspiration, equipping and great fellowship will leave you refreshed and ready to make an impact for Christ! Full details and registration are online, but you can also stop by the kiosk today for information and to register.

Annual Webb School Supply Drive

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The Annual School Supply Drive for our adopted school, Webb Elementary, is July 28 – Aug. 11. Create an individual backpack for a specific grade level or donate any of the items on the supply list online. Thank you for helping a student! Contact Deb Beasley at debtipbeaz@yahoo.com.

Clothe-A-Child

It’s almost time to go “Back to School” and hundreds of children in our community can’t afford new school clothes. CAC partners with area churches, local businesses and you to serve and clothe these kids. Each $100 given will clothe one child and our goal this year is to clothe 1,000 kids. We are accepting donations during services now through September 1. Write “CAC” in the memo line of your check or on the envelope if you give cash. Contact Lu Mackey, lmackey@christfellowshiphome.com or 972.547.7034

Volunteers Needed 

We are looking for volunteers to assemble the Worship Guides on Friday mornings. Contact Laura McKay, 972.547.7000 or lmckay@christfellowshiphome.com.

 

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. How would you define and describe gentleness? What are misconceptions about the concept of gentleness in our society today? Why is it not more highly valued?
  2. How have you experienced someone not being gentle with you? On the other side, how have you experienced someone being gentle?
  3. What does gentleness look like when expressed towards God? What does it look like to be “yielded” to God?
  4. How can we express gentleness in our families? What might be the positive benefits in our marriages? With our children?
  5. The Bible calls us in Galatians 6:1 to gently restore believers caught in sin. “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” How can we do that in practical terms? What might that look like applied to disciplining children?
  6. The Bible also calls us to show gentleness specifically to those who ask questions about our faith. Peter says, “15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15. How do people both fail, and on the other hand succeed, in answering others’ questions about Christ with gentle respect?
  7. Where is the Spirit of God convicting you to grow in gentleness? With whom or in what context do you most want to become gentler?

  

Family Discussion Question

  1. How would you describe gentleness? What other words could you use instead? What is the opposite of gentleness?
  2. Is it possible to be strong and gentle at the same time (Isaiah 40:1-210-11)?
  3. How is Jesus described in 2 Corinthians 10:1 and in Hebrews 2:6-8? Who is the focus of a gentle person?
  4. How is Jesus often described (Psalm 23)? What does a shepherd do?
  5. How do people feel in the presence of a gentle person? What about someone who is not gentle?
  6. Who can you think of that has shown extraordinary gentleness toward you? Is there someone to whom you can demonstrate increased measures of gentleness?
  7. How’s your memory verse coming? Here’s a fun way for you and your family to remember it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFumjSll68s

 

Giving

How should a Christian give?

“3P” Giving:

• Proportionate (Deuteronomy 16:17; 2 Corinthians 8:11-12)

• Planned (2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Proverbs 3:9-10)

• Progressive (2 Corinthians 8:7; 2 Corinthians 9:6)

 

 

 

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