Cultivating Resilience Through Relationships

Posted Aug 8, 2020

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This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)

From Monday's Reading: James 2:14-18

Faith does not mean sitting idle with our hands piously folded. Like the apostles, Methodism’s founder John Wesley taught that we serve God with our head, our heart and our hands, that true faith produces good works. Working on Jesus’ behalf looks different than it did before Covid-19 changed our world. What creative ways have you found in the last 4-5 months to work for God and God’s people in ways that show your faith?

From Wednesday's Reading: Philippians 2:1-4

Paul said we need Christ’s love and the Spirit’s presence to grow the kind of agape love he called the Philippians to live out (verse 1). How can this God-given, unselfish love turn “win/lose” conflicts toward the hope of “win/win” outcomes, especially when we are spending more time together than usual? How can you grow to see stronger relationships as worth more than always getting your way?

From Thursday's Reading: John 15:9-13

Jesus said “remain in my love” less than 12 hours before he died on a cross. “Love” (agape) as he used it was more resilient and lasting than gushy emotion! How has taking Jesus as the best model of what love means changed or deepened your understanding of what it means to love others? In what situations have you had to make tough choices to answer the question, “What’s the most loving thing to do?”

From Friday's Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Paul’s specific focus was an offering from Gentile Christians to support poor Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. Yet he focused on what God gives us: “everything you need always,” “every kind of grace” and “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way.” When (if ever) have you received a gift that “left you speechless,” that words couldn’t fully describe? How would you compare that feeling with God’s gift(s) of which Paul spoke?

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