November 15 – November 21

Weekly Reading for November 15 – November 21

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: I Will, (Romans Orthopraxy)
Sermon Title: I Will Proclaim!

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 22, 2020:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: I Will, (Romans Orthopraxy)
Sermon Title: I Will Not Judge!
Delivered On: November 15, 2020


Memorize and Reflect

DAY 1 - Romans 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. DAY 2 - Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. DAY 3 - Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. DAY 4 - Matthew 7: 1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. DAY 5 - Matthew 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. DAY 6 - Romans 15:1-2 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. DAY 7 - Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Prayer Direction

DAY 1 - Thank God for the way he gives us direction on how to love others the way He loves us. In a season of judgment and division, ask God what He may want to open your heart towards. Take a moment and just sit with God in a posture of listening. DAY 2 - Start by thanking God for his great mercy and grace. Thank him that He does not use shame and that He is always eager to do new work in our lives. Confess any areas of judgment that have come to your mind. Ask him to show you any way that your judgment has been hurtful or gotten in the way of someone drawing closer to Jesus. DAY 3 - Meditate on the scripture for the day. Thank God for his Word that brings freedom and healing to our lives. Spend a few moments talking to God about how both our world and you personally long to experience the peace that only He can bring. DAY 4 - Ask God first, to not allow any shame to enter your mind as you process what He is showing you about any judgment that is present in your life. Second, ask God to help you to be honest with yourself and with Him. Thank Him for showing you any blind spots in your life. DAY 5 - Thank God that He reveals areas of our lives that are not within his design so that we can experience life more fully. Thank Him also for the fact that when we release these areas, it allows us to love others through their difficulties instead of judging them. Confess the ways you have judged others as a way to cover over or avoid areas in your life that God wants to be in control of. DAY 6 - Thank God for the way He has connected us to one another and created us to live in community. Take a few moments and thank God for the people who have loved and strengthened you along the way. Ask God to begin to show you the ways He wants to use you to build others up. DAY 7 - Talk to God about your desire to bring praise to Him. Then spend time praising Him for who He is, how He loves you, and how He is at work in your life. Ask him to show you more and more ways that your love for others can bring praise and glory to Him.

“Live It!” Challenge

DAY 1 * The judgment seat of God will be very different from the way we judge one another. From what you know to be true about God, make a list of the differences. * Thank God that He is a righteous judge. Thank him for his deep love and grace for you. * Ask God to show you someone that you have been judging and the pain this may be causing. DAY 2 - * Take a moment and reflect on a time you have felt judged by another person. What did you feel and experience? * Write down the name of one person you have been judging for doing things differently or believing differently than you. * Write a note or pick up the phone and ask for forgiveness from that person. DAY 3 - * Thank God for a new day and the fact that He can bring healing to any hurting relationship. * Think of a strained relationship. Ask God to give you a vision of the part you can play to bring peace to this relationship. * Act on 1 thing God showed you from above. Choose one way to move towards peace with this person. DAY 4 - * Consider this question: Is there someone you have been holding to an even higher standard than you hold yourself to? * Journal any reason God reveals for why you might be focusing on that person and what you believe to be their faults or mistakes * Think of the words you have spoken or the way you have treated that person. Journal how you would feel if someone was treating you with that same intensity. DAY 5 - * Write down one area God has been revealing He wants you to fully surrender to Him. * Choose 1 or 2 tangible ways you can begin to allow God to work in this area of your life. * Ask God for the grace to see others with the same vision He does. DAY 6 - * Think of one person in your life that is struggling and you have the ability to help. * What is one practical thing you can do this week to build them up? DAY 7 - * Reflect on the forgiveness and acceptance that you have been given. * Remember “forgiven people forgive people.” Who might be someone you need to forgive?

Small Group Discussion

  1. Read: Romans 14:10 - How do you think we justify the need or right to judge others?

  2. When we sit before the judgment seat of God, we will stand before a righteous God, full of truth and love. How does our judgment differ from the judgment of God?

  3. Read: Romans 14:13 - How have you seen the judgment of Christians push people away from the church and ultimately from God?

  4. How easily does it feel to “make up your mind” to not cause an obstacle for others with your judgment? What are ways we can begin to transform our minds so that our response becomes grace, love, and compassion instead of judgment?

  5. Read: Romans 14:19- In what tangible ways can you “make every effort” to do what leads to peace? How would listening to the stories and experiences of others that are different than us help?

  6. Consider the way God sees you. How have you experienced his grace and forgiveness in your life? How might this transform the way you see others?

  7. What difference would it make in our world right now if God’s people were committed to peace and mutual edification?

  8. 8. Read: Romans 15:1-2- How does our desire to please ourselves impact our judgment of others?

  9. 9. Who is one person/neighbor that God is asking you to let go of judgment and instead build up? What is one tangible way you can do this?