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September 2015

Think: How Do I Have A Relationship With God?


Pastor John's message this week focused on Ephesians 2:8-9 -- "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." (BELIEVE p. 45).

The key idea for all of us to BELIEVE is "I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ."

Monday: Read Isaiah 59:2. I know that this is the start of a new week and that this text is a “downer.” I’m so sorry for that, but this text is a good place to start when considering our salvation because it describes our starting point. Reread this passage slowly three times. Then paraphrase it in your own words. What does this passage say about our relationships with God? 

Tuesday: Read Matthew 19:16-22. After reading this story, how do you think this young man thought of himself in relationship to God and what may have been his ideas of salvation? Do you think that he asked Jesus this question to justify himself and his lifestyle or was there some other reason? Why? What is God asking you to do, but you are finding it hard to do?  

Wednesday: Read Psalm 147. This is a wonderful, giant psalm of God grace. Read the psalm again. Now identify at least six pictures/descriptions of God’s grace. Pray a prayer of praise for God’s great grace.

Thursday: Read Romans 5:1-2. When we are “justified through faith” God declares that we are innocent of any sin and therefore “we have peace with God.” So what? What does this mean for me today? Here’s the answer, “And we rejoice…” What are different expressions of your rejoicing? How will you rejoice today?

Friday: Read Romans 5:6-11. In Verse 6, what were we powerless to do? What does this passage say was God’s answer to our powerlessness? What does Verse 10 say was God’s means of reconciling us? What does Verse 11 say is our response? 

Saturday: Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. If it is God’s love that compels us, then we are being compelled to love others. This is a sacrificial life that demands sacrificial living. That is a challenge! How is this challenge seen in your life? 

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 (BELIEVE p. 45) "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast."
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: "I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ." (BELIEVE p. 45) 
  • Read This Book: Shaped by Grace by Max Lucado.

You can also listen to this week's sermon or read the full PDF of the sermon message & GPS.

Think: Does God Care about Me?

CareMonday: Read Psalm 23:1. According to David, what is God like? How does David know that God cares? How do David’s words resonate with you?

Tuesday: Read Romans 8:26. What do we learn about God’s love and care for us when we realize that the Holy Spirit helps us even when we cannot pray? Where might you need the Holy Spirit to pray for your life today?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 23:4. How has the LORD guided you through difficult times? Where do you sense that God is present in your life? Where do you need to be reminded that He is present?

Thursday: Read Romans 8:32. What made Paul confident that God cares for His people? How do you share that confidence? What do you need God to give you this day?

Friday: Read Psalm 23:2-3. In what ways does God “refresh” your soul? How do you see this as part of His plan for your life? What does this lead you to pray about God’s plan for the day ahead?

Saturday: Read Romans 8:28-29. Paul does not say all things are good, but in all things God works for good. Where have you seen God bring good out of a bad situation? Where do you need to pray to see God’s plan to bring out good in a bad situation? As you look at your life in the past 12 months, how has God been working to make you more like Jesus?

You can Go Deeper this week by:

You can also listen to this week's sermon or read the full PDF of the sermon message & GPS.

Think: Who Is God?


We are kicking off the BELIEVE series this week with  2 Corinthians 13:14 (BELIEVE page 15, All Believe Bible References are from New International Version 2011)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

In addition to the daily GPS items, we are encouraging each other to pray the following Celtic Prayers each day this week:

  • Morning: I awake in the name of the Father who made me. I arise in the name of the Son who died to save me. I rise to greet the dawn in the name of the Spirit who fills me with life.
  • Evening: I lay me down in the love of the Father. I surrender my body to rest in the love of my Savior. I trust my life in sleep with the Spirit who fills me with life.

Monday: Read Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:26-27. What do these verses tell you about God? How do they shape and influence your knowledge and experience of God?

Tuesday: Read Acts 17:19-34. What do you notice about Paul’s message? Why is he quoting Greek poets instead of the Jewish scriptures? Where does he affirm his audience? Where does he challenge? What does that mean for your sharing your faith today?

Wednesday: Read Deuteronomy 6:4. This is the key verse for Israel in the Old Testament. This is their confession of faith called the Shema. What does this verse tell us about who God is for Israel and for us? What verse is your key confession of who God is?

Thursday: Read Joshua 24:15. What gods of today do you see pulling people away from God? What modern day gods tempt you? How does “as for me and my household we will serve the Lord” show itself at work in your home and your life?

Friday: Read Luke 3:21-22. What is happening with God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in these verses? Why is it vital to see all three at work in one place? In your life?

Saturday: Read 2 Corinthians 13:14. What is happening with God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in these verses? How does each bless? Why are all three needed? What has been your experience this week in beginning and ending each day with Celtic Prayer?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the following book recommendations:

You can also listen to this week's sermon or read the full PDF of the sermon message & GPS.

Paraguay Testimonies


Monday: Read John 15:4-5. God desires for us to lead lives that bear fruit. In the reading, who is the vine and who are the branches? What is needed for the branch to bear fruit? Why does the branch need the vine? What does “abiding in Christ” or “remains in me” mean to you?

Tuesday: Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Faith in Jesus fills us with his love. Love is not simply an inner feeling, but an act of the will. Love can be known only by the action it produces. What is the relationship between salvation and good works? Why do you think Christians should practice good works? As you serve in your community or around the world, what should be the primary motivation?

Wednesday: Read 1 John 3:16-18. Many people learn a love that is conditional, “I’ll love you if you love me.” How did Jesus demonstrate an unconditional love? Summarize in your own words how genuine love should be demonstrated. What can you do so that unconditional love is seen in your life?

Thursday: Read Galatians 6:9-10 and Titus 3:8. From these two passages, what should you remember in doing good works of love? It’s all too easy for us to think of an instance where we could have met another’s need, but did not. What could you do when there is another opportunity like this?

Friday: Read Luke 24:45-49. This is one of the most beautiful and full passages of Scripture in which we learn so much about our faith and our life of faith. What is the message that your life of faith needs to carry? What are you supposed to do with that message? How can you bear witness to this life-changing message?

Saturday: Read Acts 1:4-8. Only after receiving the “missionary engine,” that is, the Holy Spirit, was the church to go out into the world bearing witness to Jesus. What are the four places that Jesus tells his followers to go? When Jesus spoke these words, “Jerusalem” was where his followers lived, while “the ends of the earth” are the most distant places in the world. Where are your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth?