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One of the wonderful things about the Christian life we are required to LOVE. The GREATEST Commandment is to LOVE. LOVE is NOT OPTIONAL for US. At First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland this is our distinction, we are LEADERS IN LOVE! Therefore, we will continue highlighting this distinction, as we start our 40 Days of LOVE journey.

On FBC’s 40 Days of LOVE journey you will receive a calendar, each day there is a daily topic and scriptural support, which allows you, to quietly meditate on God’s word. The 40 days of love includes a daily challenge, this challenge creates an interactive relational love journey. 40 days of love is relational by design, this includes a relationship with God, relationship with self, relationship with family, relationship with First Baptist church of Greater Cleveland, relationship with others and discipleship making. Love is the greatest commandment, it is also the most difficult of commandments, utilizing the action items, should create a routine in which we are obedient in God’s commandment to love. Enjoy your calendar, daily topics, scriptural support, daily challenges and FBC members weekly challenges.

First Baptist of Church of Greater Cleveland 40 DAYS OF LOVE JOURNEY begins September 3, 2017

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  • All Church Challenge For The Week
  • September 3, 2017 – This is donation week (donate to a special cause this week).
  • September 10, 2017 – Pray for all members of FBC staff.
  • September 17, 2017 – Tell three members at least three wonderful things about seeing them on Sunday morning.
  • September 24, 2017 – Pray for ALL members.
  • October 1, 2017 – Attend at least one discipleship class.
  • October 8, 2017 – Volunteer.

Select one of the dates below to view the challenge.

Sunday, Sept. 3rd - The Creator of LOVE

Day 1 – The Creator of LOVE

Genesis 1:27 – So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

DAILY CHALLENGE: Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for, and after you’ve made your list, say a prayer of thanks.

Monday, Sept. 4th - The FIGHT of Love

Day 2 – The love that fights for you

Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you.”

DAILY CHALLENGE: Focus on giving your burdens and problems to God today

Tuesday, Sept. 5th - The sacrifice of love

Day 3 – The sacrifice for love

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

DAILY CHALLENGE: Appreciate the sacrifice made on your behalf

Wednesday, Sept. 6th - The COMMANDMENT of Love

Day 4 – The commandment of love

Mark 12:31 – The second is this:Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

DAILY CHALLENGE: Do something special for a stranger and tell the person “God loves them”

Thursday, Sept. 7th - Love is PATIENT

Day 5 – Love is patient

1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is patient

DAILY CHALLENGE: Focus on being patient, allow someone to go in front of you today

Friday, Sept. 8th - Love is KIND

Day 6 – Love is kind

1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is kind

DAILY CHALLENGE: Focus on being kind today

Saturday, Sept. 9th - Love speaks the truth

Day 7 – Love speaks the truth

1 Corinthians 13:6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth

DAILY CHALLENGE: Be truthful in all situations

Sunday, Sept. 10th - Love is FORGIVING

Love is forgiving – 1 Peter 4:8 – Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins

DAILY CHALLENGE: Quickly forgive today

Monday, Sept. 11th - Love is NOT SELFISH

Love is not selfish – John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

DAILY CHALLENGE: Perform an unselfish task today

Tuesday, Sept. 12th - The HABITS of Love

The habits of Love – 1 John 4:7- Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God

DAILY CHALLENGE:  Self-Examination day, are you showing love to ALL

Wednesday, Sept. 13th - The PLAN of Love

The plan for your life from the point of love – Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

DAILY CHALLENGE: Pray and ask God if you are in alignment with His plan for your life

Thursday, Sept. 14th - The GLORY of Love

The glory of love – Salvation is a free gift bought and paid for by the blood of Christ. There is no other way. “…Do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21).

DAILY CHALLENGE: Be a missionary today and tell at least 3 people about our Lord

Friday, Sept. 15th - The Fruit of the SPIRIT - Love

The fruit of the Spirit – 1 John 4:8 –  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love

DAILY CHALLENGE: Examine the fruit of the spirit are you displaying these fruits

Saturday, Sept. 16th - The PROMISE of Love

The promise of love – Romans 5:8 God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

DAILY CHALLENGE: Invite someone to church so that they can hear more about the God that loves

Sunday, Sept. 17th - The PROVISION of Love

The provision of loveMatthew 6:25-34 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these

DAILY CHALLENGE: Trust God to provide for you

Monday, Sept. 18th - The PROTECTION of Love

The protection of love – Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

DAILY CHALLENGE:  Surrender and trust God

Tuesday, Sept. 19th - The NATURE of Love

The nature of love – Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs

DAILY CHALLENGE: Focus on solutions to problems 

Wednesday, Sept. 20th - The JOY of Love

The Joy of love – John 15:9-17 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full

DAILY CHALLENGE: Smile all day

Thursday, Sept. 21st - The STRUGGLE of Love

The struggle of love – 1 John 4:18-19 – here is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.

DAILY CHALLENGE: Say I love you to at least 3 people

Friday, Sept. 22nd - The EXPERIENCE of Love

The experience of love – Roman 5:5 – and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

DAILY CHALLENGE: Reflect on all the people you love

Saturday, Sept. 23rd - The GRATITUDE of Love

The gratitude of love – Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever

DAILY CHALLENGE: In prayer thank God for 10 things

Sunday, Sept. 24th - UNCHANGEING of Love

Unchanging love – Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

DAILY CHALLENGE:  Remind 2 people you are here for them

Monday, Sept. 25th - The DIVERSITY of Love

The diversity of love –Ephesians 4:16 – from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

DAILY CHALLENGE: Explore a different ethno-culture from the perspective of love for your neighbor

Tuesday, Sept. 26th - The ADVOCACY of Love

The advocacy of love – Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire

DAILY CHALLENGE: Tell a child about God’s love for them

Wednesday, Sept. 27th - The VICTORY of Love

The victory of love – Romans 8:37-39  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

DAILY CHALLENGE: Stand with boldness that God is undefeated and will win

Thursday, Sept. 28th - The HEALING of Love

The healing of love – Psalm 147:3 –  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds

DAILY CHALLENGE: Remind a person or yourself that God is still in the healing business

Friday, Sept. 29th - The highest form of Love AGAPE

The highest form of love Agape/Selfless love (The highest type of love-unconditional form of love) – John 15:13 –“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends

DAILY CHALLENGE: Examine the scriptures of all the time there was Agape love shown

Saturday, Sept. 30th - The HUMLITY of Love

The humility of love – Ephesians 4:2 –  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love

DAILY CHALLENGE: Be last today and sit in the back of the room

Sunday, Oct. 1st - SELF-LOVE

Self- Love -You cannot share what you do not have. If you do not love yourself, you cannot love anyone else either – 1 Corinthians 6:19 –Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own

DAILY CHALLENGE:  Take care of your temple (body) today – Do something special for your body

Monday, Oct. 2nd - The COMFORT of Love

The comfort of love- Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love

DAILY CHALLENGE: Pray for God’s peace

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd - The DISCIPLINE of Love

The discipline of love – Luke 6:35- But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked

DAILY CHALLENGE: Go out of your way to do something special for someone that has treated you unkind

Wednesday, Oct. 4th - The DISCIPLESHIP of Love

The discipleship of love – John 13:35 –“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

DAILY CHALLENGE: Tell someone about the love of God

Thursday, Oct. 5th - The TRUST of Love

The trust of love – Psalm 86:15 -But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness

DAILY CHALLENGE: Move a little slower today, keeping in mind God’s presence

Friday, Oct. 6th - The SERVANTHOOD of Love

The servanthood of love – Galatians 5:13 -For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another

DAILY CHALLENGE: Serve someone today

Saturday, Oct. 7th - The RESPONSIBILITY of Love

The Responsibility of love- Romans 12:9 – Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good

DAILY CHALLENGE: Pray for continue guidance to open your heart to love

Sunday, Oct. 8th - The Love that never FAIL

The love that never fails -1 Corinthians 13:8 – Love never fails

DAILY CHALLENGE: Surrender and fully receive God’s love

Monday, Oct. 9th - The GIFT of Love

The gift of love1 Corinthians 13:13– And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love

DAILY CHALLENGE: Give a gift of love today to a family member

Tuesday, Oct. 10th - The MERCY of Love

The mercy of love – Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved

DAILY CHALLENGE: Remember we serve a God that forgives daily

Wednesday, Oct. 11th - The REWARD of Love

The reward of love – Roman 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

DAILY CHALLENGE: Be confident that you are loved

Thursday, Oct. 12th - LOVE GOD

October 8, 2017 – Final Day of LOVE – “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind

DAILY CHALLENGE:  Continue to focus on your relationship with God