What is one of your most memorable birthday celebrations?
We often go out of our way to celebrate someone’s birthday. What are some ways that you can help someone feel special and important?
Today we’re talking about the calling to “honor one another above yourselves.” To honor someone means that there’s a high respect and care given to someone that puts them and their needs first. It’s showing them that they matter; that they are special and important to you. The reality is that we struggle with living this out; especially with people we don’t get along with.
FROM THE TRUTH
Read or review Romans 12:9-16. What do you know or recall about the context of this passage? (Remember we talked about building others up last week!)
The ESV says it this way, “Outdo one another in showing honor.” How do you think it would be helpful for Christians to, in a sense, be competitive in how they honor others?
Read Philippians 2:1-11. Why is it important for Christians to show one another that they have value?
FROM THE TAKEAWAY
What are practical ways that we show honor to someone (or show they have value)?
How does honoring one another impact life in the Church?
Are we honoring one another well at First Covenant? Why or why not? What could be done to help encourage our people to do this better?
Thinking through the people you may encounter tomorrow, who is someone that you could honor well? What might you do that would show them that they matter?
How does living this “one another” make us irresistible people?
First, take some time to ask people to identify prayer needs related to the discussion about encouraging one another. Second, take some time to ask for additional prayer requests. Then close your time together in prayer.
First Covenant Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), which is a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada, with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God's grace, and an ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith with Jesus Christ. We value the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.