Welcome to FV's #LoveChallenge! We're in a season of stretching and challenging ourselves to "Step Up" to the next level in our faith, so during the month of February, we're going to challenge ourselves to love the people around us better than ever before!

Jesus said the whole of the law and prophets boils down to 2 things: Love God, and Love People.  Follow along in this challenge, and begin to think about new ways that YOU can love people in everyday life.


Our focus for this week is Romans 12:9-15.  Write out this passage, word for word, and really let it sink into your soul.  

  • Are there any ways that you are pretending to love others, instead of actually loving them?
  • Are there any areas that you are lazy with love?
  • Are you returning curses for curses in any area?



Pick a few of these challenges...try to do one every day!

  • Pull someone aside and encourage them genuinely.
  • Spend 10 minutes in dedicated prayer for your spouse or someone close to you.
  • Grab someone in your office/work place coffee or lunch.
  • Call or FaceTime a long-distance friend or family member.
  • Invite a nonbeliever to an Easter service, in the most loving & kind way you can think of!
  • When someone is rude to you, think of a way that you can love them back.
  • Try to hold a whole conversation completely about the other person, and really listen!
  • Stick around after your shift is over at work, and look for something you can do to make someone else's job easier.
  • Make a list of ways that you can show GOD love, and do them!


This week, I want to focus on just two verses.  Meditate on them every day this week, write it down, put it on your fridge, put it in your car...whatever you have to do to keep it in front of you!  

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
— Jesus. John 13:34-35

Answer, for yourself, the following questions:

  • How does Jesus love? How did he love those he encountered in his time?
  • How do we combat the common complaint about Christians that we're unkind and judgemental to people?
  • If we don't love each other, what does that say about us?


Pick a few of these challenges...try to do one every day!

  • Encourage someone who is working hard.
  • Leave a 60% tip.
  • Pray for a "word" over someone and give it to them.
  • Sit down next to a stranger and give them a compliment.
  • Give blood.
  • Keep an extra umbrella handy to give out when it rains.
  • Volunteer to walk dogs at the SPCA.
  • Ask someone for their advice.


This week, read Romans 8.  Read it with new eyes, as if you've never read it before.  Read it as if you're trying to understand your place in the world, and how you relate to God.

  • Does knowing your place in the universe--your relationship to God--change any perspectives for you?
  • How can you tell the people around you how much God loves them?
  • Try a SOAP Study this week on this chapter.  Click here to find out how!


Pick a few of these challenges...try to do one every day!

  • Offer to babysit someone's kids so they can go out to dinner.
  • Have dinner with your parents.
  • Make soup for a sick friend.
  • Visit a retirement home and meet a new friend.
  • Bring treats to work for your co-workers.
  • Write a letter to someone, to let them know how much you appreciate them.
  • Leave a treat for your mail carrier.
  • Leave quarters at the laundry mat with a note.
  • Give a single mom a gift card.
  • Tell a non-believer about what Jesus means to you.


This week, read 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter!  Try to think about ways to apply it to your life, ways you can be better at loving those around you!

  • Are you patient and kind to the people around you? Where do you struggle with this the most?
  • How can you go about putting away childish things in your life?
  • Try a selfishness fast this week.  Do it for at least a day!  Anytime you have a selfish though, reject it, and do the opposite.  See what happens in your life, and what you learn about yourself!


Pick a few of these challenges...try to do one every day!

  • Do an extra chore around the house, without being asked.
  • Pay it forward at a restaurant.
  • Sign up for an extra serving opportunity at the church (ask your ministry leader if you're not sure)
  • Talk to someone you wouldn't normally talk to, with the intention of becoming friends.
  • Do something nice to surprise a family member.
  • Invite an acquaintance over for dinner.
  • Tell a non-believing friend about something God has done in your life recently.
  • Invite someone at church (who you could see yourself being friends with) out for coffee or dinner!