Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.

Ice-Breaker: 

  • What is the worst gift you have ever given your mom on Mother’s Day? Or if you are a mom, what is the worst Mother’s Day gift you have ever received?
    • One year I gave my mom, as seen on TV, Shawalla to wash her car.

Read: 1 Peter 3:12

 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

 10 For, “The one who desires life, to love and see good days,

Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.

 11 “He must turn away from evil and do good;

He must seek peace and pursue it.

 12 “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,

And His ears attend to their prayer,

But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Review:

  • Since we did not meet last week, talk about what we are going to do in the month of May for the group hang-out night and what unbeliever that you think you could invite.

Transformation Questions: 

  • How have you experienced brotherly love? 
  • What does brotherly (Christian) love look like in everyday life?
  • Do you think brotherly love is something that when unbelievers see Christians living, it is something they want?
    • The Bible says the world will know that we are Christians by our love for one another. (Jn 13:35) The way we love each other should be proof to the world that Christ lives in us. The love we have should compel them to love each other.
  • What does it mean to live in harmony with others and in the church?
  • Do you have to be in agreement to be in harmony? How do you live harmoniously and have a disagreement?
    • Scotty Sanders says, “You do not have to be in agreement; you just have to be in alignment.” 
  • Pull out your phone and open your notepad; we are going to do some self-analysis. On separate lines, write harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly love, kindhearted, and humble in spirit. 
    • Take a few minutes and rate yourself 1-10, with one being the lowest. 
    • Next, rank yourself how you think your coworkers or family members would rank you in each area.
  • Go around the room. What area did you rank yourself the highest, and why did you rank yourself that way? 
  • What area did you think others would rank you highest, why, and if it was different than your highest, what was the reason?
  • Go around the room: 
    • What were your three lowest areas? 
    • Of the one that you think you are the worst at, how do you think your life would be different if you really invested in getting better at it?
    • How do you think your lowest areas may turn people off to Christ and the church? 
    • If you were to make an effort to work on your lowest qualities and made an extra effort, how do you think the light of Christ would show to the people around you? 

Reaching the World Check-in:

At Tabernacle, we use what we call the 5 i’s as our evangelism strategy. The idea is that you pick one person (obviously, you can have more than one person) to intentionally and meaningfully pursue with the message of the Gospel. The five i’s of personal evangelism are: identify, intercede (pray), invest, impart, and invite.

  • Who have you identified that needs to know Jesus?
  • Have you been praying for the lost by name this week?
  • Have you had an opportunity to invest in a lost person’s life this week?
  • How have you imparted the Gospel to a lost person this week, or do you plan to do it next week?
  • Do you have someone that you want to invite to church or to know Jesus?