Weekly Reading for May 27 – June 2
Preparing for Next Week’s Message
Sermon Series: The Book of Acts
Sermon Title: The promise of the Spirit
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on June 3, 2018:
- SUNDAY: Acts 1,
- MONDAY: John 14,
- TUESDAY: John 3,
- WEDNESDAY: Romans 8,
- THURSDAY: Matthew 28,
- FRIDAY: Isaiah 11,
- SATURDAY: Acts 1,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Justice for All
Sermon Title: Walking Justly: Baby Steps for Big Impact
Delivered On: May 27, 2018
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Memorize and Reflect
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. ([bible]Romans 2:13[/bible])
Pray for eyes that see the signs of injustice all around you…even the injustice that you might cause. Ask God to give you the courage and the discipline to stop and take small steps of justice. Pray for spiritual wisdom to point to Jesus in some way, each time you do something that brings justice and righteousness to your home, neighborhood, workplace, or community.
“Live It!” Challenge
Food and Clothing Start small, but be consistent. Commit to bring food and clothing at set times through the rest of 2018. You might want to bring one food item every week and an item of clothing once a month. Just set a rhythm and stick to it.
Small Group Discussion
If we all notice the injustices around us, why do so many people fail to do anything or really invest in seeking justice?
How might our home, community, and world change if every Christian (including us) was to take baby steps of justice on a daily basis?
How would our hearts, faith, and life change if we were committed to daily little actions of justice?
Read: Matthew 25:31-46. Why do you think Jesus points out these specific acts of justice in His teaching? What is Jesus seeking to communicate to His listeners then and to us now?
What are baby steps we can take personally or as a group in each of these areas of justice and righteousness?
Read: Deuteronomy 25:13-16. Why is God so concerned about honesty in how we do business and conduct ourselves with our finances? What are ways we can seek justice in the use of the money God places in our care?
Read: Psalm 139:13-16. What does this Psalm teach us about the value of life, including life in the womb? What are ways we can protect life from the womb to the grave?
Biblical justice is all about thinking and living in ways that are consistent with the ways and will of God. What are areas of injustice in our world that don’t get noticed because our culture does not think about justice and injustice in biblical terms?
How can Christians humbly, but strongly, raise issue of injustice that culture might be missing? How can the Church become a beacon of justice in an unjust world? Come up with a few ideas for Shoreline and send these ideas to Pastor John Houseman from your growth group.