Devotional May 22, 2016

Week of May 22, 2016


Life Together: Visible Community

The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength

Monday: Paul receives a good report from Timothy about the Thessalonian Christians.  He longs to see them face to face.


Read 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. Do you ever take for granted the gift that other Christians are to your faith and life?  How can you recognize and affirm this gift?

2. What do you gain by being a part of a visible community of faith?  What does the community gain from you?


Prayer Focus

Pray for those who are not able to share in the joy of visible community at this time (e.g. the imprisoned, sick, scattered lonely etc.)


Tuesday:  You are part of a royal priesthood, which means that you are sent (scattered) into the world to bless, intercede and act on its behalf.  Since you are part of a scattered people, the times of visible gathering with other Christians (i.e. with other priests) is a source of great encouragement.


Read 1 Peter 2:4-10


Questions for Reflection and Application

1. How will you exercise your priestly role today?

With whom are you particularly mindful that you share this role? 

2. When will you see them next?  How will you

    encourage them?


Prayer Focus

Pray for the people you identified in number 2 above.  Pray that God would fill them with the Holy Spirit for their important witness and action in the world.


Wednesday: Christian unity is God’s gift and our calling.


Read Psalm 133

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. How can you demonstrate and enhance the visible unity of our church?

2. Can you identify any challenges or obstacles to unity?  How can you help overcome them?


Prayer Focus

Give thanks for the other members of our church.  Pray for our unity and blessing.


Thursday:   Paul uses the metaphor of the body to describe how and why we need each other.


Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-27

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. Why do you need Christian community?

2. Why does the community need you?


Prayer Focus

Pray for working together of all parts of our body, the church.  Pray for our vitality and health.


Friday:  Paul gives practical advice about our life together.


Read Romans 12:3-21

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. What gifts has God given you?

2. How are you sharing them visibly with the community of faith?


Prayer Focus

Pray for genuine love to rule our life together.

Small Group Format


Introductions/getting acquainted

Mutual Invitation question: Describe a time when another Christian encouraged or helped you.  Or Describe your earliest memory of being in a Christian gathering (e.g. worship, fellowship, service)

Opening Prayer

Song (optional)

Reflection on the weekly Scripture readings

Have someone read 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10

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


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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