Drama Free in 23: Part 7 - Starve The Source

February 11, 2023


OneLife Membership for 2023

Two weeks ago, Pastor Rodney shared that we are in the process of identifying our members for 2023. Our goal is for every OneLifer to be more than just a spectator or attender, but to be fully engaged as a member of our church! To learn more about this process and to fill out the membership self-assessment form, visit our website at onelifeknox.com/membership. Please make sure you fill this out by Sunday, February 12.

Child Dedications - February 19

The partnership between parents and the Church is vital to families! A few times each year we encourage our families with younger children to commit to this partnership publicly through a special child dedication service. Our next child dedication service will take place Sunday, February 19 at 12:15pm after the second service. If you would like more information, mark the Child Dedications box on your Online Connection Card. There is a parent meeting on February 5 at 2pm on Zoom.

Night of Worship - March 1
OneLifers, mark your calendars for Wednesday night, March 1 at 6:30pm for a Night of Worship. Both campuses will join together at our North campus for an extended time of music, prayer, communion, and a special message from Pastor Rodney. Childcare will be available for 2nd Grade and younger. We can’t wait to see you then!

If you’ve given your life to Jesus but haven’t gone public with your story through baptism then it’s time to take that step! Mark the baptism box on your Online Connection Card and we’ll help you get started.

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1 Peter 4:7-8 NLT
7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Bottom Line: Love in action starves drama.

1 Corinthians 13:4 NLT
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud

Patient - actively waits without resentment.

Kind - acting for the good of others without benefit for me.

1. Love works hard for others.

1 Corinthians 13:4 NLT
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud

Not Jealous/Envious - sets self aside to celebrate others' success.

Boastful - self-promoting, self-praising

Proud - confidence in self above all others and expectation of others to feel the same

2. Love celebrates others.

1 Corinthians 13:5-6 NLT
or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Rude - insists on self-expression at the expense of others.

Self-seeking/demand its own way - satisfying own needs before someone else

Irritable - seeing others as an obstacle to my goal, rather than seeing people as the goal

No record of wrongs - is not resentful, offers the same forgiveness I have received and want

Does not rejoice at injustice but rejoices in truth - let God be God

3. Love yields.

1 Corinthians 13:7-8 NLT
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

Never gives up - not limited by what is "reasonable" or what other people would "put up with"

Never loses faith - chooses trust over suspicion

Always hopeful - roots for victory

Endures - even when it is difficult

Last forever - real love is eternal

4. Love fights hard.

When have you seen the source starved and it made something not work? (i.e. run out of gas, battery died, etc.)

When have you seen that something good starved the source of something bad? (i.e. fertilizing your yard to get rid of weeds, good defense kept the other team from scoring, etc.)

Read 1 Peter 4:7-8.
What is the connection between verse 7 and verse 8? How does verse 7 bring perspective to what verse 8 tells us to do?

How is the idea of "love covers a multitude of sins" seen in a relationship between a parent and a child? How did you experience that from your parents? If you have kids, how do you experience that toward your children?

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Of the 14 actions that we see love does, which ones are most difficult for you in your flesh? Which ones come most naturally? Why?

As you think about this list of 14, which ones have you experienced from someone else and how did it impact you? Share a story of when you have experienced at least one of those toward you.

Go through the list of love in action verbs (see the notes above). How do each of those show the nature and character of Jesus? Give an example of each one where Jesus could have easily done the opposite, but chose and chooses to do what you see listed in this passage.

How would following 1 Peter 4:7-8 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 starve the source of drama in your family? In your church? Where you work or spend most of your time?

What do you sense the Holy Spirit telling you to do with the list of love-action verbs we've discussed? And what are you going to do about it?

How will you pray this week and what will your prayer be so that you can put these ideas into action and look more like Jesus as you do?

Pray for each other and what you shared in the previous question. Pray that we each shine like lights in this world as we live out the difficult but important mission that being a Kingdom ambassador is for each of us!

Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.
Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:
  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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