Devotional June 5, 2016

Week of  June 5, 2016

Monday: Paul receives a good report from Timothy about the Thessalonian

Read Romans 12:4-13

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. What gifts do you receive from other members of the body of Christ? 

2. What gifts do you offer?

3. Notice how biblical love is not an emotion but an

action.  What actions might you take in love today?

Prayer Focus

Pray in gratitude for the gift of other members of the body of Christ in your life.

 

Tuesday: You are a part of the body of Christ.  This is not by your action but by God’s gracious gift and calling.  Appreciate the diverse gifts God has given to others.

Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. As you read through the list of gifts God has given to the body of Christ who in our church comes to mind for each one?

2. What greater gifts might you desire?

Prayer Focus

Pray for the people you identified in number 1 above.  Pray to receive even greater gifts that you might offer to the body of Christ.

 

Wednesday: The ultimate gift of Life Together is love. Love is the Divine reality of all genuine Christian community. When

contemplating biblical love, it helps to think about how love acts rather than how love feels.

Read 1 Corinthians 13

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. Gifts in the community are a blessing, but love is

     indispensable.

1. How can you act more lovingly toward other members of the body of Christ?

2. What act of love (see verses 4-7) do you find most

     challenging?  Why?

Prayer Focus

Pray through verses 4-7 asking God to create this kind of love in you.

 

Thursday: Jesus prays that we might be one.  Our unity is

essential for the world to believe – it is testimony that our life

together is in and through Jesus Christ.

Read John 17:20-26

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. Do you accept other members of the church as one with you through Jesus?

2. How might you better manifest your unity with others that the others might believe?

Prayer Focus

Pray for the unity of the church as a divine gift of God to be

received.

 

Friday: Paul letters give us a glimpse of early life together in Christian community.  Notice how Paul encourages and prayers for his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. How can you pray for and encourage our community?

2.  What do you most need at this time?

Prayer Focus

Rejoice, pray and give thanks (vs 16-18)

 

Small Group Format

Welcome

Introductions/getting acquainted

Mutual Invitation question: What is a recent gift that you have received?  How easy or difficult was it for you to

receive it?

 

Opening Prayer

 

Song (optional)

 

Reflection on the weekly Scripture readings

Have someone read Romans 12:4-13

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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