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Kryptonite: Created for Relationship - April 11
Superman is, arguably, the most powerful superhero in the DC and MC universes. However, he has one glaring weakness:  kryptonite. Like kryptonite weakens Superman, there are certain attitudes and actions that weaken our relationships. How do we cultivate practices and habits that strengthen and sustain our relationships?
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    3355 Dunckel Rd, Lansing, MI 48911, USA
    Sunday 9:15 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

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Big Idea: Every follower of Jesus can passionately fight to neutralize the kryptonite in their relationships by embracing and activating several simple but weighty theological truths.

A. At the center of the universe is a relationship.
B. We were created for relationship.

• We were created to be in an empowering relationship with God.
• We were created to be in thriving relationship with one another.
C. Kryptonite of sin interferes with our relationships.
D. Only the Son can neutralize the kryptonite of sin and restore our relationships.
E. We are to maintain healthy relationships.
IN YOUR GROUP questions

1. Read Genesis 1:1-2 and 1:26-27 aloud in your group. When it comes to building healthy and thriving relationships, why is it important to know that the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is a community?

2. Building healthy relationships begins with a relationship with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Have you surrendered your life to Jesus? Briefly tell when and how.

3. Read John 17:20-26. From these verses, how did Jesus describe the kind of relationship He had with His Father? What does this tell you about what our relationships with God and with one another should look like?

4. We were created for relationship with God and with others. On a scale of 1-10, how healthy is your “vertical” relationship (with God)? In what ways are you either strengthening or weakening that relationship right now? 

5. Who are some of the people you are in closest relationship with right now? On a scale of 1-10, how healthy are these “horizontal” relationships? In what ways are you either strengthening or weakening those relationships?

6. On a scale of 1-10, how motivated are you to identify the relational
kryptonite that might be weakening your relationships and to develop new habits that can strengthen your relationships?

7. Pray and ask the Lord to speak through His Word to each of you, then read Romans 12:9-21 twice, slowly.

• What command from this passage is the Holy Spirit particularly calling to your attention? Who does He want you to obey that command with? (For example, “God called my attention to the command to not be haughty but associate with the lowly. He is telling me to quit snubbing this one person no one likes at work and befriend him instead.”)

• Divide into groups of 3 to share your answers and pray for each other. Encourage one another to follow through, contacting your partners by text or phone during the coming week.

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