Vital Signs – Relational Health (Colossians 3:12-14)
Relationships are the stuff of life. Whether you look to secular research or biblical truth (Ecclesiastes 4), joy over time does not come from wealth, success or achievement, but from the presence of people in your life.
Let’s look at some relational vital signs from Colossians that will give us some feedback, and help us assess how we’re doing relationally.
When people interact with you, do they sense that they are a ___________ to you, or ____________ by you.
Are you able to stop ____________ about your life long enough to be ___________ in and speak in to someone else’s life?
As we grow in ________________, our capacity for _______________ grows.
4. Gentleness. (John 5)
Patience is the ___________ dimension of relational health.
Join us for the Relationship ReStart sermon series starting September 24th.
Note the four-week elective, The Crazy Cycle In Marriage, also starts September 24th.
Consider trying out a group experience at CP. Make up your own group! We’ll help you. Contact Pastor Mark Vincenti for more information.
Ask someone this week who knows you well how you’re doing relationally with these vital signs.
For one day, pay attention to the proportion of positive to negative interactions you have with others. Reflect and pray about what you observe, and ask God for help in specific areas where you need to be more positive and less critical.
We’ll do better on 90 percent with God than 100 percent without him.
Giving is a heart deal. It’s not intended by God as an obligation. It’s not intended as a rule that you’re supposed to observe with a grudging spirit. Giving is an exercise in joy.
One more piece of wisdom on the saving front from Proverbs 13:22: “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children…” What’s the greatest gift you can give those coming after you? Surprisingly, it’s a will. Seventy percent of all Americans die without a will. Then their families who are grieving often have to deal with a financial mess with no direction given. A will is a gift for people you love. How are you doing on that vital sign?
(Matthew 6:9-10, Mark 1:14-15; Luke 8:1, 9:1-2, Matthew 6:33, Luke 14:13, Romans 14:17)
So if you were going to try to sum up Jesus’ message in a few words, what would they be? His good news is this: the Kingdom of God is near and here—and we have the ability to live life in God’s presence and God’s power—in Jesus, it has become available to ordinary people like you and me.
His one command (to his original recipients and to us down the road at CP): Pursue the kingdom. His one plan—for His people to extend the kingdom.
This was Jesus’ strategy and He only had one: that He would form out of His followers a group of people empowered by the Spirit of God that would model for the world a radically different way of life through which the Kingdom of God would begin to break into this sorry, dark world. We are called to be kingdom extenders… This is God’s vision for CP.
It is our desire to work together to help you see transformation in your life, grow in love, and discern and follow your calling for bringing the kingdom of God to earth.
Week two of our series Living In a “Not Okay” World, Pastor Gary shares advice for dealing with what we don’t understand.
If I Believe, Why Do I Doubt?
If you ever arrive at a place where all your doubts are gone and all your questions are answered, take a deep breath and relax because you’ve arrived in heaven.
Categories of doubt:
What do we need to understand?
1) Many people think doubt is the opposite of faith, but it isn’t. ___________ is the opposite of faith.
2) Many people think doubt is something God just won’t ______________.
3) Many people think struggling with God means we lack _____________, but that’s not true.
The story of John the Baptist
Let me make some recommendations about handling doubt.
1. Admit your __________ and ask for help.
2. Recognize that ____________ is a choice, not a feeling.
3. Act on your faith, not your doubts.
4. _________________that there are some things you will never understand this side of heaven.
5. Keep going back to what you know to be _________. (2 Timothy 1:12)