God has gifted each of us to contribute to the spiritual well-being of the body of Christ. Being good stewards of our gifts means using them to impact the lives of others. Loving one another, serving one another, accepting one another, and encouraging one another are some of the ways we can use our gifts and experiences to grow strong and find fulfillment in the Lord individually while promoting the caring nature of the Christian community and contributing to our spiritual health.

Discussion Questions

Read John 13:34-35. How would you explain to another believer the impact our love for one another has on the world’s perception of the church? Consider ways we can change any negative perceptions.

What does the word “encourage” mean to you? What are some of the ways you can encourage others? What and/or who encourages you?

What have you discovered about yourself while serving others? What joys and challenges have you experienced? How do you celebrate the joys and navigate the challenges of serving others?

Read Romans 15:7. What thoughts come to mind about how and when Christ accepted you? How does Christ accepting you make you feel about accepting others?

What are some specific ways God can use you to love, serve, accept, and encourage others?

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