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Pope John Paul II

Focus for the Week

How can Christians concretely show love to Christ?

Execute

How did you take action in “everyday” ways during the last week based on the challenges of our study? Remember to be specific!

Did anyone specifically set aside time to dream about how we can be used by God to be catalysts for cultural transformation? Remember: what you thought about on the way to our time together doesn’t count. Did you set aside time?

What is the next step you need to take in being “a catalyst for culture change?”

Thus far we have discussed:

  • Courage
  • Ambition
  • Influence
  • Risk
  • Insight
  • Preparation

Which of these words challenges you the most? Which of the men we have studied so far as you challenged you the most?

Encourage

Throughout his life, Pope John Paul II showed a heart for the weak and defenseless even as he battled an attempt on his life and Parkinson’s disease.

How did Pope John Paul II concretely love people during his ministry? (See for example his ministry to youth on pages 148-149)

How did Pope John Paul II help clarify the meaning of true love in his teaching to young people regarding sexuality?

How did Pope John Paul II show love from the beginning of his time serving as pope? (page 155)

How did Pope John Paul II show Christ-like love in his stand on stem cell research even as he suffered from Parkinson’s? See John 15:13!

Equip

Read Matthew 25:31-46.

How is it possible to serve Christ today?

What kind or urgency does Christ attach to serving the least of these?

The Bible teaches that salvation is strictly by grace. Our works do not save us (Ephesians 2:8-9). How does a passage like this fit with salvation by grace? (See Ephesians 2:10 and James 2:14-26).

Engage and Execute

How do the initiatives you are leading fit with the teaching of Matthew 25:14-30? How much are you doing for Christ by way of serving the least of these?

Tim Johnson is a Regional Vice President for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Leader of Pinnacle Forum for Central Illinois.