The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth
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Prep for Next Week
- Begin studying - As in the Days of Noah and Lot - Matthew 24:36-44; Luke 17:20-37
- Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them
Follow-up Discussion Questions
- Is the concept of praying for God to increase your faith, desire, love, hope, etc… a new concept, or a familiar one?
- How do we keep a proper balance in our prayer life and perspective between “Everything is possible ….. within God’s will”
- From the last few weeks: How do we keep a proper balance between our relationship with God as “son” and “servant?”
- Why is doing things out of “duty” a bad thing?
- How does mercy and grace keep us from going down the road of entitlement?
- How can we become better at thanking God and people?
1. You impose unrealistic demands onto your family, children, friends, acquaintances, lovers, employees, and/or employers.
2. You tend to feel sorry for yourself if things don’t work out the way you wanted (self-pity), and openly advertise this in melodramatic, attention-seeking ways.
3. People have called you a “bully”, “manipulative”, “ruthless”, “egotistical”, “vain”, or a “liar”.
4. You believe that you deserve happiness and go to great, sometimes extreme lengths to ensure that happens, often at the expense of others.
5. You punish people when they don’t do what you want either passively (e.g. silent treatment, gossiping, spreading rumors) or aggressively (e.g. shouting, verbally/physically abusing).
6. In order to “succeed” in life, you believe in going to any lengths.
7. You constantly see other people as competition or “threats”.
8. You tend to exhibit many double-standards in the way you behave/interact with other people, e.g. I can be late and forget my duties and commitments, but YOU can’t; I can treat myself, but YOU can’t; I can abuse or disrespect you, but YOU can’t.
9. You tend to take more than you give in friendships and relationships.
10. You tend to look out for yourself, your needs and desires more than anyone else almost 100% of the time.
11. You have a hard time negotiating or compromising.
12. You have a deep-seated conviction that you have priority and should always come first, even at the expense of stepping on others.
13. People always seem to be offended or upset by what you do or say.
14. You generally think that you are better, or more important, than other people and other people should see this and unquestioningly respect you.
15. You crave admiration and adoration.
16. You like to assert your dominance or superiority over other people, finding it second nature.
- The power of “thank you”
- People are 50% more likely to offer more help
- Directly tied to how somebody feels about their relationship with you
- Creates good will
- Makes peace
- Solidifies love and commitment
- The Thanker
- Produces positive emotional state
- Increases sense of well being
- Triggers ‘feel good’ hormones
- Re-enforces virtuous cycle in your brain
- The Thankee
- Feels higher levels of self worth
- Triggers greater desire to help Thanker
- Triggers helpful behaviors toward others
- Appreciate being needed
- Feel more socially valued
- The power of “thank you”