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
- 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 love – Matthew 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 love – 1 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