Monthly Archives: August 2015

Faith in God’s Word

READ  1 JOHN 1:1-4 (TLB)

Christ was alive when the world began, yet I myself have seen him with my own eyes and listened to him speak. I have touched him with my own hands. He is God’s message of life. This one who is life from God has been shown to us, and we guarantee that we have seen him; I am speaking of Christ, who is eternal Life. He was with the Father and then was shown to us. Again I say, we are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may share the fellowship and the joys we have with the Father and with Jesus Christ his son.

 

TODAY’S PRAYER
As we prepare for Room for Doubt, pray for faith in God’s Word, the Bible — believing what he says to be true. Thank him that even though we have not seen Jesus with our eyes, we can know him through the eyewitness accounts of those who did.

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Two For Ten

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 3:6-7 (TLB)

My work was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos’ work was to water it, but it was God, not we, who made the garden grow in your hearts. The person who does the planting or watering isn’t very important, but God is important because he is the one who makes things grow.

 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Pray for your two for ten — the two people or families that God has laid on your heart to invest in, pray for, and invite to church. Pray that you will do your part to help them make their next step of faith, but also pray that their hearts would be open to hear the Gospel.

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Strong Relationships Among The Churches

READ JOHN 13:34-35 (MSG)

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples — when they see the love you have for each other.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Pray for a supernatural love for your brothers and sisters in Christ who belong to the participating churches in Room for Doubt. Pray for God to provide ways for us to remain connected after the study is completed and for a strengthening of relationships between the pastors and leaders of these churches.

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The Words You Speak

READ COLOSSIANS 4:5-6  and 1 CORINTHIANS 13:1 (MSG)

Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

 

TODAY’S PRAYER
As Christians, we are thankful for Room for Doubt to perhaps answer some of our own questions. But we also want to remember that this is a great opportunity to invite unbelievers to ask their questions. Pray for God to pour his love into you as you share your faith. Pray for wisdom and discernment over the words you speak and the attitudes you convey to those who might question your faith. Pray for grace to admit things you do not know and faith to believe that God is bigger than our doubts.

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Serving Faithfully

READ 1 PETER 4:10-11 (NIV)

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Pray for the wide range of details that will be covered as pastors, church leaders, support staff, small group leaders, administrators, and facilitators step into their roles during the Room for Doubt sermon series. Pray for unity in the Spirit as we work in cooperation within our home churches and with other churches implementing the Room for Doubt curriculum.

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Impacting Our Community

READ 1 THESSALONIANS 1:7-9 (NLT)

As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece — throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.

And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God.

 

TODAY’S PRAYER
“As a result” refers to way the Church in Thessalonica embraced the Gospel message in spite of persecution. They became imitators of Christ by being joy-filled in the midst of trials brought on by their beliefs. Pray that we continue to be examples of what it means to be a Christ-follower as we declare the Gospel in spite of persecution that may come. Pray that our example will impact not only those in our immediate surroundings but spread out from each of the 24 churches who are participating in the ROOM FOR DOUBT sermon series.

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Joined Together

READ EPHESIANS 2:21-22 (TLB)

We who believe are carefully joined together with Christ as parts of a beautiful, constantly growing temple for God. And you also are joined with him and with each other by the Spirit and are part of this dwelling place of God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Pray for God to make you more aware of what it means to be “carefully joined together with Christ” with other believers — those in your home church as well as all those who belong to the Body of Christ in your community and around the world. Ask Him to show you ways to continue to grow in the knowledge of Him through His Word.

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Unity

Today, we begin 21 days of prayers for Room For Doubt, Real Encounter, and two for ten (investing in, praying for, and inviting to church two individuals or families).

 

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 10:16-17 (NLT)

When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.

 

TODAY’S PRAYER
As the pastors and leaders prepare for the Room For Doubt sermon series that’s happening throughout the community, pray for a sense of unity across the Body of Christ in each of the churches and small groups that will be involved.

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Is God Really For Me?

READ ROMANS 8:31-32

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

 

REFLECTION
This week, we have talked about the pain in the world around us and how the Spirit speaks for us when we are weak. However, at the end of this passage Paul comes back to even better news. If God hadn’t even spared his own Son, then what could he possibly withhold from us? In other words, God will give us the grace we need to navigate each day no matter what it brings. He is for us, and he loves us.

 

PRAY
As you pray today, thank God for the grace he provides to navigate the difficulties of each day. Ask him for the grace you need for today.

 

HOMEWORK
Don’t forget to read Romans 9:1-12:8 to prepare your heart and mind for the sermon this upcoming weekend.

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How Can I Pray When I’m Weak?

READ ROMANS 8:26-27

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

 

REFLECTION
We all have times when the brokenness of our world leaves us feeling empty and weak. In these moments, it can be very tough to pray. We don’t know what to say or how to say it. The Apostle Paul wrote that in moments like this, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to speak for us. In our weakness, God knows our hearts and minds and listens to the mind of the Spirit on our behalf.

 

PRAY
If this is a season of pain or weakness for you, are you allowing the Spirit to intercede for you? If this is not a season of pain or weakness, who is the Spirit leading you to pray for today?

 

HOMEWORK
Don’t forget to read Romans 9:1-12:8 to prepare your heart and mind for the sermon this upcoming weekend.

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