Coffee Moments: Building Great Relationships – Helpful and Unhelpful Ways.
- Philippians 2:1-11 Imitating Jesus
- Philippians 2:19-30 Learning from Timothy and Epaphroditus
- From the lesson what could be your hindrance(s) from giving selfless, sacrificial, extravagant love to others?
- From these two passages in Philippians, what can we learn from Jesus, Timothy, and Epaphroditus? Write down the words or phrases that showed their selfless, sacrificial, extravagant care for others.
- What are one or two decisions you will make this week to offer this type of care and concern? Be specific.
- 腓立比书 2:1-11 效法耶稣
- 腓立比书 2:19-30 向提摩太和以巴弗提图学习
FURTHER STUDY AND REFLECTION QUESTIONS
ATTITUDE OF WILLINGNESS: MARK 馬 可 福 音 1:40-42
• Where was Jesus coming from and what kind of day had he had already?
• The Leper, what kind of person was he? How did people feel about him?
• What do you see in Jesus’ attitude of helping the leper, the unclean man?
• Are there people you are not willing to help or find it hard to serve? Why?
PREPAREDNESS IN ALL SITUATIONS: EPHESIANS 以 弗 所 書 6:15
• What does readiness mean to you?
• Currently, what things keep you the busiest in your life?
• Do you feel prepared to serve? Why or why not?
• How can you learn to be ready to serve in big or small ways?
REPLENISH YOUR HEARTS- SELF-CARE: MARK 馬 可 福 音 12:31
• Let God refresh you daily – Mark 馬 可 福 音 1:21-39.
• What did Jesus do to refresh his heart?
• Let others into your life – Proverbs 箴 言 17:17
• Who are the people in your life that you rely on to refresh you?
• Who are you refreshing in your life?
• Do something fun for yourself every week – Mark 馬 可 福 音 6:30-31
• What is some personal fun thing you can do to refresh yourself to have self-care?
Of Love and Leadership: Velvet Brick. Lesson on how to be tough and tender in our relationships, communication, and leadership.
Further Questions and Verses for Digging Deeper into this topic:
Velvet Brick: Group Bible Study
Which personalities are you more like? You can have more than one personality type. Explain your choice.
• Invisible man
• Thorn bushes
• Mr. Make everyone happy
In each of these 5 situations, which category are you more like, explain your answer?
• In relationships: Principled / Warm
• In conflicts: Forthright/ Kind and merciful
• In setting directions: Clear rational/ Compassion and patience
• In teaching others: Practical/ Patient
• In priorities: Disciplined/ Flexible
Digging Deeper Into The Word
Read Colossians 4:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-16; and Ephesians 4:25-32
• In each of these verses, identify which part is velvet and which part is brick.
• For each of these verses, how can you make it practical for yourself?
• As you devise these practical steps for yourself, what could be some obstacles, fears, and tension that arises for you?
• How can you overcome these obstacles?
Our guest speaker, Mr. Richard Cheong, family life consultant, delivered the parenting workshop “Five Love Languages for Parenting.” Teaching us on how to love our children according to their own emotional love need.
- Words of Affirmation
- Acts of Service
- Quality Time
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A short video of our Young Singles and Campus Ministry Praise and Worship Service. It was a full success impacting the Johor Baru community. Throughly God was praised through these young people. Hearts were cheered up.
A good relationship is not based on “chemistry” or infatuation or “feeling good”. Rather it is based on love put into actions. Here are three keys to a good relationship:
- Learn to meet the other person’s core emotional needs according to the way the other person needs it, and not according to how we think the other person’s needs should be met. Acts 20:35 says it is more blessed to give than to receive.
- Resolve all conflicts with gentleness, calmness, and love even when it is hard and painful. Anger adds on a secondary fuel to further ignite the pain of the conflict. Resolve them quickly by learning to speak the truth in love with kindness. Unresolved conflicts leave roots of bitterness, which becomes the seed of falling out of love. Ephesians 4:25-27 shows us a clue to Satan’s sword, which is bitterness. Bitterness is the tool that Satan uses to slowly poison our hearts with hidden hurts that eventually destroy loving relationships.
- Deal with our own sins, schemas, fears, and guilt, which hinders us from the willingness to give love by meeting the other core emotional needs, and to resolve conflicts and hurts in our hearts. Avoidance to repent of our own issues is the all too easy way to escape from temporary pain. This avoidance, however, leads to regrets which doubles up our pain in the long run. Romans 7:14-25 says that it is so hard for us to be willing to change even when we want to. Only through Christ and obeying His words can we be truly free from this bondage of sin and shame.