Check out the bible readings for this week.
One of the ways we can all participate in the Church Renewal Lab on an ongoing basis is through reading one chapter of the Bible each day, five days out of seven, and pondering a question intended to help us think through what we’ve just read and how it applies both to our life together and our life as part of our broader neighborhoods and community. Imagine what God might do through us as we ponder and pray together! With that in mind, here are the readings and questions for the week of July 8 - July 14, 2018
Read: John 1:12-13
Questions to ponder: What invitation is (implicitly) made here? Using the image of “receiving” someone, how would you explain what
faith is about? What is the result of this type of faith?
Pray for the Church Renewal Lab team focusing on Children’s Ministries (birth through elementary school): Teresa VanderLeest, Alicia Christians, and Regina Wiggins.
Read: John 1:14
Consider: In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases the words of John 1:14 this way: “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.”
Questions to ponder: How do the images Peterson uses help you understand the meaning of v 14? How would someone who is “generous inside and out, true from start to finish” treat others? Treat unbelievers?
Pray for Mike May and Randy Wiggins, our church custodians.
Read: John 1:14-18
Consider: “The greatness of God is most clearly displayed in His Son. And the glory of the gospel is only made evident in His Son. That’s why Jesus’ question to His disciples [in Matthew 16] is so important: ‘Who do you say that I am?’….Jesus Christ [is] the Son of the living God. Not just another prophet. Not just another Rabbi. Not just another wonder-worker. He was the one they had been waiting for…Yahweh in the flesh…, the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. This Jesus was the Creator come to earth and the beginning of a New Creation….This Christ is not a reflection of the current mood or the projection of our own desires. He is our Lord and God. He is the Father’s Son, Savior of the world, and substitute for our sins—more loving, more holy, and more wonderfully terrifying than we ever thought possible.”*
Questions to ponder: When you think about all that Jesus said and did, how did He make God the Father known? In other words, what can we learn about God by looking at Jesus?
Pray for the church Adult Ministries Team.
Read: John 1:19-28
Questions to ponder: What questions do the religious leaders ask John? What do these questions reveal about why they were sent (v 19)? Why do you think John responds so abruptly? What might you have said in this situation?
Pray for the church Congregational Life Ministries Team.
Read: John 1:19-28
Questions to ponder: What was the goal of John’s ministry (cf. v 23)? How does he demonstrate humility in his ministry (cf. vv 26-27)? What does that teach us about our ministry to those who may be unaware of why we serve Jesus or even hostile to that idea?
Pray for our preparations for Vacation Bible School (July 23-27).