The Big Book of Relational Goodness

Practical resources for developing and deepening your three relationships.

GOD

PASSION - Jesus is the center of my life.
  1. Thanks Journal: Start a daily journal and write down all the great things God has done for you and your loved ones.
  2. Treasure Chest: Get/make a treasure box and place it in a prominent place in your home. Whenever God does something cool or miraculous in your life, write it down and put it in the chest.
  3. Meditate: Start each day in a quiet place and just think about God’s goodness and other attributes. Dwell on who He is and what He has accomplished.
  4. Imagine and Share: If there were no obstacles and resources were not an issue, what would you hope to accomplish for Jesus in your life. Write it down and share it with three people in your life.

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SCRIPTURE - My life is directed by the Bible.
  1. One Year Plan: Use a Bible App on your phone and read through the bible in one year. Apps: Read Scripture, Bible by You Version
  2. Sermon Notes: Take your sermon notes each week and study the scriptures presented in the sermon each day.
  3. Two Questions: Pick a book of the Bible (Maybe Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) and read one story or section each day. Answer these two questions in a journal, 1. What did I learn about God and 2. How will my life be different because of it.
  4. Storytelling: Learn to tell Bible stories like Jesus. It will grow your bible knowledge and usability. https://saturationglobal.wordpress.com or email Jim Thurber: k9kq@me.com.

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PRAYER - Conversations with God overflow to every area of my life.
  1. Prayer Rocks: Put prayer items on rocks and hold them in your hand each morning as you pray one at a time for each one.
  2. Prayer Walk: Find a secluded place where you can walk and talk with God without being interrupted.

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OBEDIENCE - I listen to the Holy Spirit and obey.
  1. Confession Retreat: Get away to a private quiet place for a few hours and ask the Lord to convict you of areas that are not aligned with His character. Write them down.
  2. Share with a Friend: Get alone with a mature follower of Jesus and share with them where you struggle to obey God.
  3. Weekly Walk: Set aside a time each week that you can go for a walk and talk to the Lord without being interrupted. Ask Him where you need to obey Him more.

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IDENTITY - I understand who I am in Christ and live accordingly.
  1. Identity Study: Find a resource like this website and study who the Bible says you are in Jesus.
  2. Read: Victory Over the Darkness by Neil T Anderson.

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CHURCH

ACCOUNTABILITY - I allow open and honest feedback in my life.
  1. Weekly Meet: Find 2-4 people of the same sex and meet each week to discuss specific areas in your lives that you are working on becoming more Christ-like.
  2. Similar Struggle: Find someone of the same gender who is struggling with the same things you are in life and meet with them for prayer and mutual encouragement.
  3. Read Together: Find someone or some people who have similar struggles as you and together, read a book on the subject matter.

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GENEROSITY - I use my time and treasure to further the Kingdom of God.
  1. Church Giving: Choose a percentage of your income and give it to your local church each week.
  2. Kiva.org: Give to individuals around the world and help them learn trade, get out of poverty and pay back the loan.
  3. Financial Peace University: Take this class to learn biblical, practical ways to manage money and get out of debt.
  4. Disaster Relief: Give financially or go to a place where a natural or man made disaster has happened.

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COMMUNITY - My interactions with the Church are rooted in love.
  1. Small Group: Commit to attending a weekly small group in your church.
  2. Gossip Check: Take 30 minutes and think through your conversations in the last week. Have you said something about someone or to someone you shouldn’t have? Fix it.
  3. Mentor Match: Spend time with someone in the church who needs help growing in their faith. Look for someone who might be a little less mature in their walk of faith than you.
  4. Hospital Run: Find out the name of someone in the church who is in the hospital or stuck at home due to health. Stop by and read Psalm 121 to them and then pray for them.

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SERVICE - I use my gifts/talents to grow the church.
  1. Serving Team: Find a team in your church where you can use your gifts and talents and join it.
  2. Weekend Clean Up: Arrange to stay after the last service one Sunday and help clean the church building.
  3. Parking Lot Scamper: Gather your small group or another group of friends and spend an hour or two walking through the parking lot of your church campus. Pick up trash.

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FAMILY - My faith overflows first and foremost in my home.
  1. Apologies: Think through your family interactions this week. Is there any behavior you need to apologize for? Make it right.
  2. Operation World: Get a copy of the book Operation World by Jason Mandryk and pray through it as a family. Make games guessing the population of countries and such.

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WORLD

READINESS - I continue to prepare my mind & heart for interaction with others.
  1. Storytelling: Learn to tell Bible stories like Jesus. It’s engaging, effective and not a lecture. https://saturationglobal.wordpress.com or email Jim Thurber: k9kq@me.com
  2. Gospel Colors Outreach: Learn to share the gospel using colors. They have many different tools for sharing. www.gospelcolorsoutreach.com Email: Alyssa Seed alyssa@gospelcolorsoutreach.com.
  3. Pray for Opportunities: Pray daily that the Lord will bring you opportunities to love those who don’t yet know Jesus.

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ENGAGEMENT - I look for opportunities to introduce people to Jesus.
  1. Water Cooler: At your work water cooler (or wherever casual conversations happen) ask a coworker you don’t know well how their weekend was, or how their family is doing.
  2. Random Acts of Kindness: Do a random act of kindness for a stranger or a person in your neighborhood.
  3. Frequent Restaurant: Make it a habit to go to the same restaurant at the same time on a regular basis to get to know the waiter/waitress. Ask them about their family and hobbies.
  4. Neighborhood Party: Plan a block party with your neighbors for your neighbors.
  5. Church Invite: Invite a friend/coworker/neighbor to a church service or special event.

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BLESSING - I find ways to make the world around me better.
  1. Big Tip: Leave a larger than normal tip for your waiter/waitress/delivery person. It doesn’t matter if they deserve it, just bless them.
  2. Teacher Note: Send a note to your child’s teacher/coach/instructor saying how much they impact your child’s life. Maybe give a gift card.
  3. Quick Prayer: Ask your mechanic/barber/bank teller/doctor, etc if there is anything they’d like you to pray about for them..
  4. Disaster Relief: Give financially or go to a place where a natural or man-made disaster has happened.

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SHARING - I communicate the gospel with others.
  1. Storytelling: Learn to tell Bible stories like Jesus. It’s engaging, effective and not a lecture. https://saturationglobal.wordpress.com or email Jim Thurber: k9kq@me.com
  2. Gospel Colors Outreach: Learn to share the gospel using colors. They have many different tools for sharing. www.gospelcolorsoutreach.com Email: Alyssa Seed alyssa@gospelcolorsoutreach.com.

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GLOBAL - I am involved in making disciples worldwide.
  1. Kiva.org: Give to individuals around the world and help them learn trade, get out of poverty and pay back the loan.
  2. Missions Trip: Go on a short-term missions trip with your church or another organization.
  3. Support a Missionary: Give financially to a missionary. Support them in prayer and write emails/letters and send care packages.

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