March 19 – 25

Weekly Reading for March 19 – 25

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Friendship
Sermon Title: Spiritual Strength in a Fractured World

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on March 26, 2023:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Lavish
Sermon Title: Sons & Daughters
Delivered On: March 19, 2023


Memorize and Reflect

Ephesians 1:4b-5 In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

Prayer Direction

We can let comparison or doubt grip our hearts or find our identity in the wrong places. Instead, in your prayer remember who we are, and whose we are. Begin and end today’s prayer with, “This is ____________, your dearly loved child.”

“Live It!” Challenge

Throughout this week, as you bump into people and events that cause you to question your worth, remind yourself that you are God’s adopted child. Text at least one friend this week to help them remember they are God’s adopted child as well.

Small Group Discussion

  1. What’s a favorite historical site you’ve visited?

  2. Read: Ephesians 1:1-5. Who is Paul writing too? Why do you think he is writing?

  3. How do you think the Ephesians would’ve felt hearing Paul’s words read the first time?

  4. What are some common places where we find our identity?

  5. How have you experienced your identity being shaken by the circumstances of life?

  6. How does it make you feel to know God adopted you because he wanted to?

  7. If God’s adopts us, what privileges does that afford us and what responsibilities do we now have?

  8. What other images does God use in the Bible to help us understand our new identity?

  9. If we began and/or ended each prayer with “This is ________ your beloved son/daughter”, what are some ways that might begin to shape our identity after weeks and months and years?

  10. When you think about how God looks at you, do you picture him looking at you with the pride and love of a parent? Why or why not?

  11. What’s one thing that you want to do differently as a result of this conversation?