Face2Face: When We Welcome the Stranger We Welcome Jesus

 

Make sure you have both heard this week’s sermon. Reread the scripture passage together and talk about the following questions or topics: 

 

March 17 Sermon   

Matthew 25:31-45 and Hebrews 13:2

 

Together talk about your biggest take aways from this sermon series. Where have you been challenged and how will that change the way you live? Are the two of you on the same page? How can you continue to encourage each other to live out Jesus shaped hospitality? 

 

Gary reminded us that the Bible teaches “the way we serve people is the way we serve Christ”. Now, Gary’s focus has been on the stranger–those who look like us and those who don’t. But allow us to focus this back on marriage one last time. Shouldn’t serving Christ begin with serving our closest neighbor–the one we share a bed with each night? What might change in our marriage if we began to apply the principles we have learned over the last 9 weeks? What if we began to:   

 

  • treat our spouse with dignity and kindness? 

  • listen to his/her story? 

  • respond to their needs (real or felt) in generous ways? 

  • extend compassion, understanding, grace, and mercy? 

Can you imagine just how much your marriage could change? Can you imagine the impact on your family? Or, the example you would set for your children? Can you imagine the deepening of your love? Or, how much more relaxed your home would feel? Which one of the above principles could make the biggest difference in your marriage? Pick that one and begin to practice that with your spouse.  

We all know it’s not enough to just agree with these ideas–we need to apply them. Gary called us to change the way we think in order to change the way we live. He warned us that it will require repentance on our part and then practice. GraceMarriage is here to help you do just that.  

We have trained mentor couples who are ready to help you. This couple will simply come alongside you to help you put new communication and conflict resolution skills into practice. They will be your biggest cheerleaders and your consistent accountability and prayer partners. 

Our great desire is that each couple will honor, enjoy, and prioritize their marriage. It would be our honor to answer your questions, address your concerns, and connect you with a mentor couple. Contact us today to take the first step towards having the marriage you’ve always wanted. So…what’s stopping you? 

Jim and Carolyn 

GraceMarriage@gracechurchfayette.org 

 
Silvina Erwin