Archive for January, 2017|Monthly archive page

Stretching Our Social Sphere

As we continue to explore some of the key areas of our lives that could use some stretching, we’ll consider what it would look like to expand our social circles. Whether it’s for our own sake or for the sake of others, widening our spheres of influence gets to the heart of who God is calling us to be.

Readings: 1 Corinthians 8:4, 7-13; Matthew 5:43-48

The Wallet

Martin Luther once spoke of three conversions that are necessary in the Christian life: the heart, the mind, and the purse. While finances are often a private theme, they’re not so personal that we can’t talk about them at all. In fact, there may be a closer tie between our bank accounts and our spiritual lives than we think.

Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:1-12

 

The Body

If you started off the new year with a resolution to get in shape, it’s probably right about now that you’d be ready to give up – after all, it’s been two whole weeks! Our bodies may seem like the least spiritual part of us, but that’s far from the truth. So how do these bones and muscles and organs of ours figure into a life of faith?

Readings:  1 Cor.6:12-20; Romans 6:12-13

The Mind

The way we think about the world, about ourselves, and about God, gives significant shape to how we actually live our lives. Becoming the people God calls us to be will require some cerebral stretching and an openness to some new ways of thinking and understanding.

Readings: Proverbs 4:1-9; Romans 12:2

The Will

There’s nothing like the flipping of a calendar to convince us that we can change and become better people than we were last year! Since any true change is bound to involve some willpower, we might as well start there. But how does our will even work? And how do we get it pointed in the right direction?

Readings: Romans 7:15-25a