A SPIRIT CAFÉ DISCUSSION GUIDE
1. Welcome and introduce newcomers to the café
2. Open with a prayer for God’s guidance and presence
3. Ask everyone if they heard Sunday’s message.
December 5, 2021
THE MIRACLE OF LOVE
Jesus Christ was the revelation of the Love of God.
What does this miraculous love look like?
37 Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything.
38 So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. 39 There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! Romans 8:37-28 TPT
How do we respond to this revelation of miraculous love?
How does this miraculous love change us?
This love creates a heart of Worship.
We allow our mind to be transformed by the Holy Spirit and not conformed to the thinking of the world.
1 Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? To surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
2 Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. Romans 12:1-2 TPT
How does this miraculous love specifically change our thinking?
3 My beloved ones, don’t ever limit your joy or fail to rejoice in the wonderful experience of knowing our Lord Jesus! I don’t mind repeating what I’ve already written you because it protects you—2 beware of those religious hypocrites who teach that you should be circumcised to please God. 3 For we have already experienced “heart-circumcision,” and we worship God in the power and freedom of the Holy Spirit, not in laws and religious duties. We are those who boast in what Jesus Christ has done, and not in what we can accomplish in our own strength. Philippians 3:1-3 TPT
7 Yet all of the accomplishments that I once took credit for, I’ve now forsaken them and I regard it all as nothing compared to the delight of experiencing Jesus Christ as my Lord! 8 To truly know him meant letting go of everything from my past and throwing all my boasting on the garbage heap. It’s all like a pile of manure to me now, so that I may be enriched in the reality of knowing Jesus Christ and embrace him as Lord in all of his greatness. Philippians 3:7-8 TPT
12 I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me to make me his own. 13 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. 14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14 TPT
Current running Spirit Cafés (Bible Studies):
— From Sept. thru May, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:30p. Meet at Greg Truesdell’s in Lebanon. For more info. on the Men’s Ministry Spirit Café, contact Brent Jividen.
— Believers meet on various times of the month 6:00p-8:00p. For more info. on this Spirit Café, contact Dannie Glidden.
— WayneLeb meets various times of the month in Lebanon, originally started in Waynesville. 6:30p-8:30p. For more info. on this Spirit Café, contact Christine Bensman.
— Tammy Jennings hosts a Women’s Spirit Cafe twice a month on Monday evenings, 7pm at her home. Contact Tammy for more information.