Devotional February 7, 2016

Week of February 7, 2016

                                              This week let us awaken to the beauty and joy of God.

 

Monday: The Transfiguration of Jesus awakens us to the glory of God. Jesus is not just our moral example; he also reveals to us the awesome splendor of God.

Read Luke 9:28-36            Questions for Reflection and Application

What of God’s beauty, holiness, joy and splendor do you see on the face of Christ?

If you can see God’s glory, how might that effect your experience of joy as you go about your life today.

 

Prayer Focus

Pray that God would embrace you and fill you with same joy that is shared between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

 

Tuesday:  Moses’ transfigured face revealed his encounter with the glory and presence of God.  When you experience the joy and wonder of God it is difficult to conceal.   

Read Exodus 34:29-35 Questions for Reflection and Application

How close is your relationship with God?  Can people read it on your face?

What kind of an encounter with God would make your face radiant?  Is there anything keeping you from such an encounter?  What can you do about that?

 

Prayer Focus

Pray that your communion with God may be as close as it ever has been.

 

Wednesday: Paul had yesterday’s text in mind when he wrote to the Corinthians in today’s passage. With unveiled faces we see the glory of God and are changed.

Read 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 Questions for Reflection and Application

How do you veil God’s glory in you life? – e.g. anxiety, defensiveness, mistrust, doubt, fear.  If you were to drop the veil how would your relationships and witness be different?

 

Prayer Focus

Pray to drop the veil and more greatly reflect the Lord’s glory through your life.

 

Thursday:   Christ is the image of God and the light of the world.  As his light shines in our hearts we reveal his majesty. 

Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 Questions for Reflection and Application

How did the light of Christ first break through to you?

How is God’s glory and majesty an encouragement to you when you are discouraged?  What spiritual practices can you engage to keep daily focus on God’s splendor?

 

Prayer Focus

Pray for more of Christ’s light to shine through as you engage in the ordinary activities of your day.

 

Friday:  God is great and worthy of our praise.

Read Psalm 99 Questions for Reflection and Application

How would you describe God’s greatness and glory?

 

Prayer Focus 

Form your description into a prayer of praise.

 

Small Group Format

Welcome

Introductions/getting acquainted

Mutual Invitation question: Describe an experience that “took your breath away?” or What brings you joy?

 

Opening Prayer 

 

Song (optional)

 

Reflection on the weekly Scripture readings

Have someone read Luke 9:28-36

Discuss observations about the text

What word or phrase strikes you the most?

What do you think is the most important point of the text?

 

Summarize the Sunday message and its connection to this text.

 Use some of the daily questions for discussion in the devotional.

 

Choose another day to read a different text and discuss the questions.

 

Share your faith (in groups of 3)

How have you experienced God recently in your life?  

(this will be a weekly question – it may be difficult to answer at first, but if you ask it each week, you may start to notice God more in your life) 

 

Pray for each other

 

Refreshments (optional) 

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