StoneBridge Community Church
Becoming Who We Are Destined to Be: Kindness
Interim Pastor Neal Nybo
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • StoneBridge Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 11:59 PM

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1. Kindness is tenderhearted goodwill with thoughtful follow through.
2. Kindness is very important to Jesus.

Acts of kindness

In Matthew 25:31-40, Jesus' examples were all acts of kindness - you fed me, you gave me something to drink, you invited me in, you gave me clothing, you cared for me,& you visited me .Each of these are simple acts of kindness. This link suggests ways we can begin practicing acts of kindness.

https://kindness.org/
Personal Reflection / Growth Group Questions
1. What catches your attention in this text? Is it a specific act of kindness? Is it Jesus' emphasis on acts of kindness? Or something else? Why?

2. Do you think of yourself as a kind person? In the past week, can you think of kind acts that you have performed? Can you see yourself being more intentional about finding ways to act kindly? How?
3. In daily life, love looks like kindness.
Personal Reflection / Growth Group Questions
Briefly discuss the tension between Jesus' statements about kindness as a criteria for entering God's kingdom in Matt. 25 and the clear understanding of salvation as articulated in Romans 10:9.

Are you willing to accept Pastor Neal's suggestion that we have the privilege of believing and declaring, both are true?

Acts of kindness? Expressions of love? Or both?

Christians appropriately feel their highest calling is to love others. How do we do that in daily life. Here are some examples of humans helping others. Can you tell the difference between a loving act and an act of kindness?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJsRKThnyiM
Personal Reflection / Growth Group Questions
Are there differences between love and kindness. Is so, what are they? If so, do they matter when it comes to acting in Christlike ways towards others?
4. Jesus practiced inside and outside kindness.
4a. Jesus cultivated Inside kindness.
4b. Jesus demonstrated outside kindness.
5. We can cultivate and practice inside and outside kindness.

This is Hula Hoop Kindness
5a. Inside kindness includes how we think and feel about ourselves and others.

Inner kindness is everything inside the circle. This is the kindness inside us.
5b. Outside kindness results from inner kindness.

Outer kindness is what we do for others without their participation.

More about Hula Hoop kindness

Pastor Neal has spoken on this topic before. Here is more about Hula Hoop kindness.

https://www.nealnybo.com/kindness-speaker
Personal Reflection / Growth Group Questions
1. What kind of challenges come to mind when you think about inside kindness?
2. What gets in the way of practicing outside kindness?
3. Which is harder for you?
4. What will you do this week to work on one or both of these?
NEXT STEPS-
1. This week, repeat one inner kindness exercise each day. For example, remember a positive thing someone said about you recently and repeat it to yourself. Or, read Zephaniah 3:17 and replace the words “your” and “you” with your name.
2. Each day, put a ring on a different finger or watch on a different wrist. Leave it there until you do one act of kindness, then move it back to its regular place.

Learning about spiritual practices

The habits and suggestions talked about are examples of creative spiritual disciplines. Find out more about the idea of spiritual disciples in this article.

https://bit.ly/2SyFytk

Jesus was a carpenter, a healer and a teacher. Be like Jesus and join, in partnership with IMPACT, as we return to Haiti to build shade structures, tables, benches, storage cubbies and beds for Pastor Timothy's orphanage. Construction experience helpful. Participate in a medical clinic in Onaville. Individuals with medical experience needed. Or, come spend time with the children leading Bible lessons, crafts, music and games. Minimum age 16. Applications are available now, contact the church office (805) 526-5475. Application deadline: February 28, 2019. IMPACT is offering additional 2019 trips to Puerto Rico, Romania, Ukraine, Honduras, Uganda and Turkey. Trip summaries, dates and application forms are available at impact-theglobe.org. Click on Current Trips.

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Weekend Worship Playlist

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