Face to Face With Those Who Are Different Than Me
Message Notes for June 9th, 2019
Series: “Face to Face”
Title: Face to Face with those who are different than me
Core Series Passages:
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV): For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV): 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]
1. Our beliefs
2. How we look
3. Lifestyle / Status
- No one is perfect
- No one is the same
- Get to know the whole person
- Everyone is a child of God
We are all imperfectly perfect creations in God’s eyes.
Ephesians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:19, Matthew 25:34-40
Family/Study Group Notes for Week of June 9th, 2019
Title: Face to Face with those who are different than me (a stranger)
- How often do you interact with people different than you? Where do you find this happening most often? In what ways are the people you meet and interact with different?
- There are many levels of interaction and relationships. We talked about how interacting with someone face to face is more than just small talk, it is caring and listening to who they are. Do you find yourself interacting with others more often on a surface level or truly face to face?
- Read Matthew 25:34-40, What types of people are mentioned in this passage? How is being face to face with those that are in need a testament to our faith? Is it ever uncomfortable interacting with people who have different circumstances than you? Does getting to know someone help make the differences easier to deal with?
- Often God puts the ministry He is calling us into just outside of our comfort zone. Read Hebrews 13:11-14 and reread the series passage 1 Corinthians 13:12. Does knowing our time here on Earth is temporary change how you interact face to face with others? Does it affect how you live for God’s kingdom? Would your face to face interactions change if your day ended with a walk with Jesus as Adam and Eve did long ago in the garden of Eden? Does it change, knowing you are “fully known” by your Heavenly Father?
- Read Ephesians 4:1-8. How does this passage help us to focus on the commonality of all believers and people vs the differences? What are we called to do as Christians? In what ways can this passage help us spend time with others and truly get to know their circumstances?
- Split up into small groups and pray for one another and the people that God is putting on your heart this week to come face to face with.