Weekly Reading for August 16 – 22
Preparing for Next Week’s Message
Sermon Series: Peacemakers
Sermon Title: Seeking the God of Peace
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on August 23, 2020:
- SUNDAY: John 14,
- MONDAY: James 3,
- TUESDAY: Ephesians 4,
- WEDNESDAY: John 16,
- THURSDAY: Philippians 4,
- FRIDAY: Isaiah 9,
- SATURDAY: Romans 5, Psalm 29,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Vision of Jesus
Sermon Title: Jesus, The Way and Power We Need
Delivered On: August 16, 2020
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Memorize and Reflect
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe... (Hebrews 12:28)
Thank Jesus for inviting you to draw near to Him and ask for courage to come closer than you have ever been before. Pray for power to follow the exhortations in this passage in your personal life (love, hospitality, compassion, faithfulness…). Ask God to show you where you need to grow and to give you the commitment to follow His leading in that specific area of your life.
“Live It!” Challenge
Honoring Leaders: Identify one leader in your church who God has used to impact your journey of faith in a positive way. Thank God for this person, pray for God’s hand on their life, and send them a note of encouragement.
Small Group Discussion
How does clear vision (with your eyes) make life better, safer, and more beautiful?
How does a clear picture of Jesus (that you receive from reading Hebrews) make your life better, more meaningful, and more beautiful?
Read: Hebrews 12:18-29. The first four verses point back to the Old Testament experience the people of God had when they came to Mount Sinai (Exodus 19). Describe the vivid difference you see in verses 22-24 and how we are invited to draw near to God.
How is Jesus the one who makes drawing near God possible and so positive? How do you feel when you draw near the Father through the sacrifice and work of Jesus on the cross?
Read: Hebrews 13:1-8. Make a list of all the exhortations God gives His people in this passage. What is He calling us to do and how should we live?
How is Jesus the source of hope and power to actually live out the high calling God gives us? How does walking close to Jesus make it easier to walk in this new lifestyle?
How does worship and praise of God grow stronger as we walk more and more in the ways Jesus calls us to live?
How does the resurrection of Jesus unleash power to live for our God with greater passion and obedience? What are ways we can remember the resurrection of Jesus in the normal flow of life?
When a Christian does not walk in the ways of Jesus (we don’t love each other, don’t show hospitality, we ignore those who are hurting, we are not faithful in marriage and relationships…), how does this impact our witness in the world?
When we do walk in the ways of Jesus (as listed in Hebrews 13 and many other passages), how does this strengthen our witness to the world and draw people to the Savior?