“Be careful how you build”, Class 3 – “Relationships in the church part 2”
Our theme scripture for 2019: “And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:22 NIV11)
First week: be careful how we build our relationship with God
Last week: the principles of how we build our relationships with one another
This week: some practicals as to how we build our relationships with one another
Malcolm, Rudie, Shevvy & Karen illustrated various approaches to talking about challenges in our lives. Some of them were healthier than others.
Three different approaches were acted out:
Firstly a harsh approach
Secondly a shallow approach
Thirdly a sincere approach
As you watch the scenarios consider what you see that is healthy and helpful (Christlike, if you like), and what is unhealthy and unhelpful (worldly).
Key practicals and principles revealed included:
Listen and do not interrupt
Be honest, but not attacking
Make the conversation about the person with the challenge, not yourself
We don’t need to have all the answers
Ask what you can do to help - allow the other person to come up with the ideas
Aim for empathy, not just sympathy
Give the other person your undivided attention
Ask open questions
Take your time over challenging issues. Don’t rush.
If you can think of a relevant helpful scripture feel free to share it, but from a perspective of support rather than accusation
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:9–10 NIV11)
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