Sermon-Series Devotional

This guide is a tool to help you give your attention to God throughout your week as you gather.

Sermon Series: Faith and Knowing

April 24- Romans 13:8-10 Kevin Green

May 1- Romans 14:5-9 Mark Buchanan

May 8- Romans 14:20-23 Steve Bailey

May 15th Romans 15:5-7 Kevin Green

Step 1: Music

Good and Loved

Unity Hymn

Step 2:

Turn to God’s word.

Spend some time in Scripture. Meditate on the words and think deeply about what God is saying to you. See the verses above for your suggested readings. 

Step 3: Prayer

Seek God through prayer

  • Pray for Ukraine. Pray for families torn apart by war. Pray for peace. Pray for the people who have lost their lives. Pray for our own community members waiting to hear from loved ones. 
  • Pray for unity within our families, churches, communities, in the world. 

Step 4: Reflection

Disagreement happens, tension happens. A life worth living alongside people you love, like your Christian brothers and sisters, will inevitably lead us into tension. Our response to that tension matters. We are called to be people deeply rooted in love. This means that all our actions must lead people around us, including ourselves deeper into a relationship with Jesus Christ. As we walk through Romans, which is admittedly a tough book to engage with, consider your life and your actions. Consider the way you turn first and foremostly to love for others, not love for doctrine. Think about the way Sabbath rest resets you, or the way you experience tension when you are challenged by a practice you don't agree with, and finally, think about the ways that you seek unity, compassion and advocacy for those around you. Without the ability to love well, and to conflict well, the church has little hope, but, if we are people who choose to honour our image-of-God nature, and seek unity and love then we are unstoppable in our mission to love God and Others with everything we are. 

Step 5: Benediction

Whatever wilderness the Spirit has brought you to:
walk in boldness, as a beloved child of God
walk in peace, under the shelter of the Highest
walk in faith, knowing Christ walks with you. Amen.

 

Step 6: Questions

  1. What are some tensions in your communities that you feel and how can you walk in love alongside people you disagree with?