Jesus knows our value. In fact, He knows everyone's maximum value. He sees all the ways we were created in the image of God, and He sees the work in progress within each of us. He sees everyone as the perfect version of themselves. What if we followed Jesus and asked Him to empower us to view everyone for who they truly are and the value they bring to our community? The Gospel CALLS us to be radically inclusive and ALL IN to understand our fellow man. How do we do this? Join us for the beginning of a conversation, where we'll learn and grow together on how to see people as Jesus does - with maximum value.
Maximum Value: Every Human Has Inherent Value
To see people with dignity through Jesus' eyes is not easy, but it is KEY. It's the key that unlocks our hearts, minds, and judgment to a curiosity that breaks down walls we have built. Even when curious, we are flawed, but God is not, and He sees everyone's maximum value. The final challenge is on the table. We can’t just stop by saying, “You Matter.” We can’t even stop by saying, “You matter to me.” We’ve got to step further, to step in, stay, and love like Jesus.
This week in CF Church Online, Steve Ingold and Elisha Bongay wrap up the series.
This week, their conversation is what will prompt you to think about the questions listed below. If you have not had a chance to watch their conversation, we highly encourage you to do so, as it will help provide context moving forward. You can WATCH IT HERE.
Whether you find yourself with a group, a friend, a family member, or are by yourself, take some time to read, process, and discuss/journal through the questions below.
Read John 4:4-39. What stands out to you about this passage? Is there a moment or verse that you relate to?
What does it mean to belong?
Describe a time when you were excluded. Or, describe a time when you were the excluder. What sticks out to you most when you remember those moments?
Is there a narrative or script that you have told yourself? Has that narrative or script impacted you in positive or negative ways?
How can we combat judgment or our conclusions?
When was the last time you were curious? When was the last time you were curious about Jesus? Explain.
- Share when you have spent time with someone who was different. What did you learn? What made you curious about them? Was there anything that changed about you after spending time with them?
“It really is a curious evangelism strategy to despise the people you are trying to bring to Jesus.” - Rich Villodas. What walls do you need to stop building or maybe, tear down? Instead, what wells can you start digging?
- In this series Maximum Value - What has been your greatest takeaway and how has it challenged you to see people with maximum value?