DEV 23PN Blessing Others
Session 23: Blessings Those Around Us
In this session participants will discover practical ways that building a movement of churches and fellowships can result in positive change in society through blessing communities.
Heart of a Leader
- What are you learning about abiding in Christ? How are you practicing abiding through His Word, prayer, obedience, PCS, relationships and fellowship?
- In what areas of your life do you find it challenging to obey God?
- What unresolved conflict do you have?
- In what areas are you believing God by faith, beyond your own ability?
Celebration of Faithfulness
- Share what has happened since the last meeting. Ask them to relate it to goals from the last meeting.
Iron on Iron: Sharpening Myself and Others
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.”
- What is going well?
- What is not going well? What obstacles are you facing?
- What are possible solutions from the other group members?
- What do you need to do to add the missing characteristics into each group?
- Where will you start a new group or church this month?
Discovery Bible Study – Blessing Others
Definition of Neighbor: Luke 10:29-37
Impact of the Kingdom: Luke 4:18-19
Doing Good: Titus 2:11-24; Hebrews 13:15-16; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Philippians 2:3-4
- What caught your attention? (or What did you like best?) Why?
Preparing for Mission
Brainstorming a Seed Project for the Community
Examples of possible projects:
- Suburban and Urban: out of school youth, drugs, teen pregnancies, job preparedness, small scale industry or vocational training, care for aging populations, day care, tutoring, how to parent, marriage and family problems, crisis counseling, language aptitude or cultural adjustment for immigrants, etc.
- Rural: lack of jobs and skill training, proper sanitation, water, lack of education, need for cooperatives, poor literacy, youth programs, relief and development, etc.
Step 1 – Discover the needs by asking the people who live there
Step 2 – Choose a focus to work on
Step 3 – Plan together with church members and execute the plan
- Who would be the best people to talk with to fully understand the needs and challenges of your community?
- What questions would you want to ask them to know how your churches and fellowships can bless the community?
- Based on our present knowledge of the community, what do you think are the needs and concerns?
- Which of these needs could we help address with the resources we presently have?
- How will you involve your church in planning a community project?
I will ____________ by ________