"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
2/24/20 - 2/29/20, Christ UMC
MON 2/24/20: Exod. 34:1-9, 29-30, Moses’ shining face
Yesterday, we studied Jesus’ transformation on the mountain. The first readers of that story would have immediately thought of Moses’ encounter with God on the Mount Sinai. There, God’s glory was too much for Moses, so God granted him only a glimpse of God’s back as he passed by (Ex. 33:23). Moses got a glimpse of God’s light and his face began to shine, but Jesus is the light on the mountain. How does this connection offer you new insights into Jesus?
TUE 2/25/20: John 6:26-40, I AM the bread of life
John records seven “I AM” statements of Jesus, with clear allusions to the Name of God revealed in the burning bush, YHWH, “I AM WHO I AM.” This is the first statement, Moses gave bread that gives life, but “I AM the bread of life.” What does this mean? It means that we are not called to receive or acknowledge a statement from Jesus, but we are called to receive Jesus himself. We are called to commune and join with Jesus. How do we do this?
WED 2/26/20: Psalm 139, Ash Wed.: Search me God
Today begins the 40 day journey to the cross. We call this season Lent. We humble ourselves and remember that we are merely humans, depending on God for every step and every breath. We often fast, in order to open our hearts to God, allowing God to speak and correct us, so that we can fully worship and celebrate God’s gifts of life and love when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. Join us at the church for Ash Wednesday worship, 7 am and 7 pm.
THU 2/27/20: Genesis 8:1-22, Never Again
God has a problem. God created creation to be free, to live, thrive, and enjoy creation. Unfortunately, creation chose to use its freedom for evil: to kill, destroy, and un-create. What is God to do? In the flood story, God decides to scrap the whole creation project, but God can’t go through with it. After all, the whole goal of creation is life! God saves a remnant of creation, and promises to never destroy the earth again. God is going to handle evil another way.
FRI 2/28/20: 1 John 1:1-10, Living in the Light
What is the relationship between light and confessing sins? The writer of 1 John tells us that God is light, and to live in God is to be open about our sins. Pretending that we are perfect is like believing that darkness with hide our wrong-doing (Psalm 139). But if we live in light with God, then our sins are exposed. Here’s the good news: when we live in the light, and confess our sins, they get forgiven. This is a continual process. Today, ask God if there is anything in your life that you need to confess and be forgiven for. Live in the light.
SAT 2/29/20: Psalm 95:1-7, The Steps of Prayer
Tomorrow we begin a new sermon series: “The Walk: Tracing the Steps of the Christian Life.” Being a Christian is so much more than ascribing to a belief system. It’s a way of living. It’s about practices. Every practice has a personal and a communal expression. We start with prayer and worship. What are your personal and communal prayer practices?