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Discussion Prompts

As we are wrapping up our studies on Relationship Goals we will focus this week on the sacrifices that a relationship sometimes requires. Before Pastor Corby moved to the key truth of this sermons message, his story about the masonry plumb line showed us the importance of being vertically aligned. His key truth is then mentioned as follows:
In relationships, we need to establish vertical alignment to ensure horizontal integrity.
Of course, the vertical relationship is our relationship with God. Using the analogy of the plumb line again Corby pointed us to the cornerstone on which the plumb line is fastened. In our life, this cornerstone is Jesus Christ. In other words, if we are right in our relationship with Christ we will have a life well aligned. But how is your vertical relationship with God really? And how can it improve?
Here are two suggestions:
  1. Read Romans 5:1-5 and jot down how you understand of the words in the text. Words like: justified through faith, gained access, grace, suffering, perseverance, character, hope.
  2. Now read 2 Peter 1:5-8. If you could add a rating to each key word mentioned in this text (faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love), what would be the level of maturity these words would get in your own live? How can this improve?
I am convinced that pondering these two texts will improve your vertical relationship. Now, out of this vertical relationship can – and will – come a horizontal integrity that displays love, care, healthy boundaries, a commitment to each other, and all the things that we have talked about in the last couple of weeks. With  this in mind lets have a look at these two questions: 
  1. How is your horizontal relationship with others currently? Where do you find yourself in need of improvement in one of these relationships?
  2. How can especially your vertical relationship help you with your horizontal relationship? How does being redeemed make a difference in your relationship with others?
I challenge you to write down the answers to these questions. We tend to forget what we just said what we would be doing. A pen and paper can help us in living in this vertical integrity.
In relationships, we need to establish vertical alignment to ensure horizontal integrity.
May God bless you!

Pastor Daniel


Through the Bible in one Year

Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.

All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.



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