Weekly Theme May 31 - June 6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

How many of you have a relationship that involves a high level of commitment? A relationship that requires deep Commitment. a relationship where you are basically committed to go WHEREVER with someone else.
Through that commitment you are basically saying that you are committed to walk through life with an importance upon going WHEREVER without excuse, without qualification—just do it immediately. Being a disciple of Jesus requires that type of commitment.  Jesus definitely wants to accomplish something through the relationship He has with each of us. 
This commitment takes an in depth relationship. One which is built on communication and a shared intimacy. This is the role of prayer in the life of a disciple. Prayer keeps us grounded to the comfort  and strength of God. So this week  we will look at various New Testament prayers alongside historical prayers to help us stay grounded in God, find comfort, and find strength to go wherever with God.

Friday, May 29, 2015

1 Peter 4:10-11
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Our scripture today reminds us that we are totally dependent. God has given us everything we need. He has especially given us the gifts and talents to live and make disciples in the world. Why do you think it is important to remember where those gifts came from?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Matthew 6:24
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be
devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Our scripture today reminds us that to be a follower of Christ we cannot serve two masters (whatever they are.) This means we need to have a singular devotion. Read this phrase written by the 19th century evangelist George Müller who captured the
spirit of slavery to Christ beautifully when he wrote:
“There was a day when I died, utterly died, died to George Müller and his opinions, preferences, tastes and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame of even my brethren and friends; and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God”
What does this mean to you and what would singular devotion look like in your life?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies

Today we see the same scripture, but we need to realize that exclusive ownership also demands complete submission. The key phrase that tells us is the word “therefore.” How would our lives be different if we recognized that we belong to God and actually strived that everything we did brought honor to God?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies

For the rest of the week, we will look at five ways we can live out a life as a slave for Christ. One facet of being a slave for Christ is to see the exclusive ownership of God in our lives. As Paul points out in our scripture today, God in Christ paid a high price for us and because of that, we should belong exclusively to Him. What does it mean to you to have God have exclusive ownership of your life?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Luke 19:1-6
1Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God,  did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Many apostles use the title slave as a guide for their
relationship with God. Paul relates why this title is important by linking it to Christ himself. Why do you think it is important to see ourselves as slaves for Christ?