Weekly Reading for September 23 – 29
Preparing for Next Week’s Message
Sermon Series: Sharing God's Love Naturally
Sermon Title: Bringing the Heart, Hands, and Voice of Jesus to Our Neighbors
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on September 30, 2018:
- SUNDAY: John 3,
- MONDAY: John 4,
- TUESDAY: John 9,
- WEDNESDAY: John 10,
- THURSDAY: John 11,
- FRIDAY: Matthew 8-9,
- SATURDAY: Luke 15,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Peace
Sermon Title: Seeking Peace with Myself
Delivered On: September 23, 2018
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Memorize and Reflect
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ([bible]John 14:27[/bible])
Invite the Lord to tell you more about this peace he gives us. Ask him to refocus you each morning on his grace, his goodness, his provision for your life. Within this focus you will sense his peace growing within you. Rejoice as it happens!
“Live It!” Challenge
Determine each morning that whatever world solutions come your way, you will keep your focus on Christ. If you catch yourself wandering away and wondering why you have unrest inside, ask him to show you back to His peace. Do this consistently, throughout each day, and see and feel the change in your perspective and increased ability to be at rest.
Small Group Discussion
Traditionally, what has brought you “peace” in your life?
Read: John 14: 1-31. As you listen to the confusion of Thomas, does it resonate? Have you been confused and unsure about something of great significance? How did you get through it?
If you see yourself as someone not at peace much but wish to be, how has it affected you? Is it a problem now and if so, talk about why?
Can you describe a time before, and a time after you became Christian when you sensed the peace of Christ? What was that like? Did it last? Why or why not?
Do you know people that seem to be at peace with themselves? What is it you sense in them; how do you know they’re at peace? How does that happen for them?
Read: 2 Timothy 2:22. Have you pursued peace? What was that pursuit like and do you pursue it still?
Scripture tells us that in the end times, all of God’s creation will be at peace. Share what you think that means and what it will be like.
How would your relationships, work life, school life, and health be affected if you experienced more of the peace of Jesus?