September 19, 2016
1 Timothy 3:15-16
...if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:
He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
1 Peter 2:1-9
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slanderof every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by Godand precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Use these questions to help you further explore the theme of Sy's message:
QUESTION 1: PRAY
Ask the Lord to reveal to you what extreme you tend to drift to: 1. Worldly Immersion or 2. Religious withdrawal.
QUESTION 2: SPEAK
Which extreme do you think you tend to drift to? Who can you speak this struggle with and who can help hold you accountable to fighting that tension to drift?
QUESTION 3: GROW
What sin are you struggling with right now? Is it a sin of commission or omission? What discipline (engagement or abstinence) are you going to begin using to train yourself to overcome that sin?
QUESTION 4: LOVE
How can you love the world around you by being different than the world? How can committing to a life of discomfort help you love the world the way Jesus loved the world?
Great Day of Prayer
Some of the things to know:
- There will be one shortened service on September 25 at 9:15 AM (no childcare)
- You can pick up a free t-shirt in the Atrium on Sunday
- Highlight on the map in the Atrium where you will pray
- We are not doing service projects, but will serve our community by praying for them
- Mark Neuenschwander is the contact person for North Heights Great Day of Service Projects; contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a Prayer Walking Guide available at the Atrium this Sunday or you can download a digital version here. Use this Guide as you are walking as a prompt for what to pray.
You can also find out a little more about the Great Day of Prayer here.