Grow • pray • study


"Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise." 

- Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Taking time to pray and meditate on the Scriptures daily is vital to spiritual health! The Grow • Pray • Study (GPS) guide is one way to stay in Scripture and follow along with the weekly messages.


Grow • Pray • Study Guide

6/1/20 - 6/5/20, Christ UMC


MON 6/1/20: Acts 2:14-41, The first Christian sermon

Empowered by the Spirit, Peter gives his sermon. First, he recalls the promise of the “last days” – which is the pouring out of God’s Spirit. Second, this is made possible by Jesus the Nazarene, God’s Messiah, who was raised from the dead and now pours out the Spirit with God the Father. Finally, what must we do to be a part of what God is doing – turn away from our former ways, believe in Christ, and receive the Spirit. It seems so simple. 3,000 people turned to God that day.


TUE 6/2/20: John 18:1-27, Peter’s zeal and cowardice

Jesus is arrested. Peter draws his sword. Jesus tells his disciple to stand down. Peter follows at a distance. When asked faced to face, he denies that he knows Jesus at all. In this one snap shot, Peter is an example of two extremes: defending Christ even by violent means, and denying we have anything to do with Christ at all. What is the faithful path?


WED 6/3/20: Psalm 8, The responsibility of being human

The creation stories tell us that we bear the image of God. It’s a good and beautiful thing to be an image bearer of God. But it’s also a big responsibility. As image bearers, how can we use these gifts to join God in creating new life, in loving others, and being generous? What is our responsibility to all things that God has given us?


THU 6/4/20: Genesis 37:1-11, Jacob’s kids

A new story starts with Joseph and the jealousy of his brothers. As you read this story, what is God bringing to your mind? What problems do you see within the dynamics fo this family? What is this story telling us about the nature of people and families?


FRI 6/5/20: Romans 5:1-11, Trials and hope

We have been made righteous through our faith and the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Not our works and not our pedigree, but grace through faith has put us in a right relationship with God. So we boast in this grace. We boast in God’s love for us, and nothing can stop us. As you read this Scripture today, what one word or phrase sticks out to you? What is God saying to you today?


SAT 6/6/20: Act 2:42-47, In-Between Sunday Services

In our reading today, we get a glimpse of the church in its infancy. The church was just a group of people who experienced God in a new way and were trying to figure out what to do about it! This is still who we are. We are not called to go back in time, but we can learn from the early church as we move forward. How do we apply their early principles to how we live as a church now? Join us for our online gathering, Sunday at 10:30 am on Facebook and our website as we celebrate Pentecost and the church!