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

1/18/21 - 1/23/21, Christ UMC

MON 1/18/21: Genesis 8:15-22, God’s thoughts

God is a complicated character in the early chapters of Genesis. The stories are told in such a way that we are to imagine God embarking on this experiment of creation alongside of creation. God allows creation to have choice, and God is free to change God’s own directions. Here we get a peek into God’s mind, and it is a determination to not destroy again. Can God be faithful and also free to change directions? 


TUE 1/19/21: Mark 14:53-65, Jesus on trial

The testimonies against Jesus didn’t even agree, but Jesus never protests. “Why doesn’t Jesus fight back?” we might ask, but what could Jesus possibly say that would dissuade the crowd and avoid the fate of the cross? The sin of the world will inevitably kill the innocent. Jesus chooses to be the killed. He accepts the effects of evil upon himself.


WED 1/20/21: Psalm 62, Our hope comes from God

This psalm weaves a few proverbs (wisdom sayings) and declarations of trust in God together. The call is to wait on the Lord. Trust in the Lord. The psalm ends with a declaration of both God’s power and God’s love. Meditate on the relationship between God’s power and God’s love. What does that relationship mean to you?

THU 1/21/21: Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Open your hand 

It is important to remember that this nation is a group of former slaves. They were not a free people whom God is now placing restrictions on. They were slaves, and now God is giving them freedom and order to live by. Included in this order is a command to care for the needy. It is a reminder that God has cared for you, set you free, so go and do likewise.


FRI 1/22/21: 1 Corinthians 15:29-44, Spiritual bodies 

We might think Paul is describing some sort of non-material body when he says “spiritual body.” However, the word that he uses to describe “physical” body is psychekos, which is derived from the word for “soul.” Paul is saying we are going from psychekos bodies to pneumatos bodies; “soulish” to “spiritish” bodies. It’s a difficult translation. What is important is that we will be changed. We will be like Christ, imperishable.


SAT 1/23/21: Gen. 22:1-8, Mt. Moriah & the Promise to Provide

After promising a new start for creation through a new family in Abraham, God calls Abraham to sacrifice his son at Mt. Moriah. This story sends us reeling as we think about why God would ever ask such a thing. What is the ultimate meaning the Scriptures are asking us to attach to this mountain and story? Join us, live on Sunday, online at 10:30 am. You matter to God.