"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
9/16/19 - 9/21/19, Christ UMC
MON 9/16/19: John 3:22-36, He must increase, I must decrease
As Jesus’s ministry grows, so does his popularity. John the Baptist’s ministry and popularity is waning, but that’s just fine with him. John understands his place and relationship to Jesus. What is your place is God’s plan? What is your relationship to Jesus?
TUES 9/17/19: Luke 19:28-40, We choose Jesus . . .
Luke’s telling of the triumphal entry doesn’t mention a crowd gathering for the festival.. Instead, he calls them a multitude of disciples. This is not the fickle crowd that will be calling for crucifixion later. We must get that idea from somewhere else. What is striking is the use of “King” for Jesus. This is the dramatic and challenging notion. If Christ is King, then no one else can be. For Luke, this is less praise and worship, and more a coronation of their leader. No wonder the Pharisees want the disciples to be quiet. They are challenging the rulers of this world.
WED 9/18/19: Psalm 113, The highest court of appeal
What does it mean to say God is high above? “Above” for us is much more than a spatial indicator. “Above” for Christians means the highest authority. It means that there is always a higher court of appeals. This is particularly good news for the poor and needy, people who are overlooked by our earthly systems. The God over all things sees and listens to the cries of the lowest.
THU 9/19/19: Daniel 3:1-30, The fiery furnace!
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, decides it’s time to unify the people by forcing them to worship a god that he creates. When three Israelite men refuse, they are sent to execution, but God protects them. What do you see as the original meaning in this text? Who is the fourth man in the furnace? What is the universal truth that this story is proclaiming? How does that truth relate to your life?
FRI 9/20/19: Hebrews 10:1-18, Sacrifice to end all sacrifices
The old sacrifices, according the author of Hebrews, pointed to the true reality, that God will forgive all our sins and sanctify us. “Sanctify” means to make us holy, or blameless. Now, we don’t take any credit for this. We are not holy because we are better than anyone or anything. Instead, we are made holy by the grace and sacrifice of Christ. You are a holy thing!
SAT 9/21/19: John 4:5-26, When Jesus broke a boundary
Tomorrow, we continue “When Jesus Got Into My Heart” by looking at the encounter with the woman at the well. Notice the diversity of encounters we’ve seen in the Gospel of John: an undereducated disciple of a wild man, a respected and highly educated religious leader, and now a foreign woman with a past. Jesus’s love and welcome is absolutely unconditional. Join us in worship as we see when Jesus got into her heart! You matter to God.