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

10/26/20 - 10/31/20, Christ UMC

MON 10/26/20: Job 1:1-12, The heavenly court

The book of Job is a series of epic poems in the voice of Job, his friends, and God, discussing the problem of suffering and justice. It’s a beautiful and difficult book. Most scholars agree that the prologue and epilogue were added later, but they give us a picture of how Israel believed God relates to the world: through intermediaries, or angels. What are the intermediaries, seen and unseen, that God has used for you?

TUE 10/27/20: Mark 9:14-29, I believe, help my unbelief

I imagine the words of a father, desperate to see his son healed. Jesus tells the father that all things are possible with faith. The father knows the right answer: “I believe.” But this desperate father is honest with himself and with Jesus. The father answers Jesus with paradoxical honesty: I believe, help my unbelief. It is true, it is honest, it is faithful. Maybe these are words that we need from time to time. Jesus doesn’t reject the honest believer; he answers their prayer.

WED 10/28/20: Psalm 34, Close to the broken hearted

We are not disillusioned about the reality of this world. We know there is suffering. We know that those who do right don’t always come out on top. However, we also know that God is faithful and will make things right. We don’t always know about God’s methods or timing, but Christ reveals God as Love, and that is so trustworthy. Where do you see injustice that needs to be made right? Where do you need comfort in the meantime?

THU 10/29/20: Leviticus 25, The Year of Jubilee

Ancient Israelite worship consisted of Festivals and acts of justice, as well as sacrifices. This nation of former slaves celebrated a year of no work every 7 years – a way to celebrate their freedom in God and to let the land rest. Every 50 years, they would celebrate a year of Jubilee – an economic reset button. Prices are reset, everyone receives back their held property, and debts are cancelled. Why would God call for such a celebration? How do we hear this practice today?

FRI 10/30/20: 1 Cor. 7:1-16, Is it right to have sex?

We move from prostitution to abstinence. There is some in the community that think being completely celibate is the highest form of spirituality. As you can imagine, this is causing quite the controversy! Paul gives guidelines and argues that times of abstinence for married couples should have an end point. What is the guiding principle for Paul in all of these conflicts? What are the values that help Paul come to solutions that glorify God?

SAT 10/31/20: Revelation 7:9-17, Unseen Loved Ones

Tomorrow is All Saints Day, the day we remember all who have passed on and now rest in the arms of Christ. Still, we are left with questions, where exactly are they? What is their ultimate fate? What is the next life like? We’re going to look at the options the Bible gives us. Join us, Sunday at 10:30 am, online, as we dive into the unknown and find God’s comfort for our loved ones and us.