Love your neighbor, change the world

What would it look like to be the church? To be people with eyes and hearts open to the stories and needs of others?

It starts with prayer—asking God to work in our lives and through our lives. Then we listen. To God. To those around us. We listen for ways we can be the hands and feet of Jesus. And something powerful happens when we eat together—gathering around a table with friends, new and old. Our walls break down and we find common ground. We learn where we can serve, showing up when people need it most. And then the door opens to share our “why” behind it all: faith, hope, and life in Christ. As followers of Jesus, we are created to live with eternity in mind, loving without condition or bounds. Because to love your neighbor, is to change the world.

As you move through each and every day, may you look for ways to bless.


BLESS: On the Weekends

Beginning March 14, we'll explore ways we can be the hands and feet of Jesus as we cultivate intentional rhythms of blessing.

March 14 | Dave Dummitt: Begin with Prayer + Listen

March 21 | Albert Tate: Eat

March 28 | Campus Pastors: Serve and Share

Download a PDF BLESS card as a reminder to keep your eyes and heart open to the ways God wants to use you to impact the lives of others.

Click here to access weekly BLESS group guides.


Weekly Resources & Reflections

Sometimes knowing where and how to start can be the biggest challenge. Use these resources and prompts  as you learn new ways to pray, listen, gather, serve, and share.

Begin with Prayer

Digital Resources

  • Echo app (allows you to put prayer requests in a list)
  • Living Prayer by Robert Benson
  • EM Bounds on Prayer by EM Bounds
  • Share prayer requests and pray for others on the Willow Creek app!

Different Ways to Pray

  • Set an alarm to pray at a specific time each day—many people at Willow pray at 2:42 p.m.
  • Designate a prayer focus for each day (ex: Monday for small groups, Wednesdays for church, Fridays for those who don't know Jesus)
  • Walk around your neighborhood or town and pray for the people and places you see
  • Read the Bible and pray the words you read
  • Ask others in your life how they pray!
  • Offer to pray for a stranger
  • Ask people in your life for prayer requests
  • Journal your prayers as if you're writing a letter to God

Student Resources

  • Circle Maker Student Edition (Mark Batterson)
  • Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds (Beth Moore)

Kids Resources

  • Love Does for Kids by Bob Goff
  • Know God Devotional by Orange 
     
  • Notes from Jesus by Mikal Keefer 
     
  • A Book of Prayers for Kids by Mel Lawrenz 

Parent Resources

  • Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Children (Mark Batterson)

 

Listen

Resources and ideas coming soon!

 

Eat

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Serve

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Share

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