Weekly Reading for Sept 6 – Sept 12
Preparing for Next Week’s Message
Sermon Series: I Believe
Sermon Title: SIN…It is Real and More Dangerous Than We Realize
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on September 13, 2020:
- SUNDAY: Romans 1,
- MONDAY: Romans 2,
- TUESDAY: Romans 3,
- WEDNESDAY: Romans 4,
- THURSDAY: Romans 5,
- FRIDAY: Romans 6,
- SATURDAY: Romans 7 ,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Peacemakers in World of Turmoil
Sermon Title: Being a Person of Peace
Delivered On: September 6, 2020
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Memorize and Reflect
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
Thank Jesus for His amazing grace, unequalled sacrifice, His unconditional love and eternal forgiveness for you. Pray for a receptive heart, open ears and responsive feet to reconcile a relationship(s) that may be holding you back from growing in your faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you through the power of the gospel how you can take the next steps to reconcile a strained relationship or help someone do the same.
“Live It!” Challenge
Hit the PAUSE Button. This week look for opportunities to live out the gospel in tangible ways as you interact with family, friends, neighbors, and others in your daily life. As conflict arises, apply the PAUSE principle (Pray, Ask, Use, Seek, Entrust) to help you navigate the challenges. Write down the outcome and share (not specific details about the person involved) with someone you love and trust.
Small Group Discussion
Why do you think Christians, much like the rest of our society struggle with relational conflict and personal peacemaking?
Read: Colossians 3:15. What does the peace of Christ ruling our hearts look like? How might being thankful affect our internal peace and peace with others?
Read: James 3:17-18. In a world attempting to fill our minds 24/7, why is it so critical that we are spending time filling our minds with God's word? How can memorizing scripture help us be filled with God’s wisdom? James also points out the outcome of “sowing in peace”. How might our lives reflect this?
Read: James 1:19. Why does God tell us that we should “be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger”? How does this differ from our current culture whether in our personal interactions, the media, online or in our streets? What might this look like if every Christian listened more intently and asked more questions?
Read: Romans 12:18 and Ephesians 4:1-3. Paul uses strong language to both churches (Rome and Ephesus) of the utmost importance of relational peacemaking. What are some practical ways that your group has continued to maintain the bonds of peace in this season of social distancing? Is there anything you could do more to continue to sustain a strong, healthy and godly Christian community?
Read: 2 Corinthians 13:11. Paul closes his letter to the Corinthian church with this beautiful picture of a healthy church body; living together in godly community marked by encouragement, unity and peace. How can unresolved conflict in the church and in our lives affect this?
Apply Jesus’ Models for Reconciliation. Read: Matthew 5:23-24 and Matthew 18:15-16. How does having a biblical framework like this help guide us to navigate the complexities of relational conflict whether we have offended another or they have offended us? Share with the group an example of how you could or have already applied this.