April 28 – May 4, 2020

WORD

19For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. 22“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

1 Peter 2:19-25

Explore:

  • What does this Scripture say about God?
  • What does this Scripture say about life?
  • What am I hearing in this Scripture?
  • What am I going to do with this Scripture?
  • Want to explore Scripture more deeply?  Then check out our Exploring Scripture page! 

Table Talk:

Use these conversation starters to talk about life and God with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week!  A great place to do this is at the dinner table.  There’s one prompt for each day of the week!

Tuesday: Read the Scripture passage together.

Wednesday: I follow in Jesus’s steps when I…

Thursday: Have you ever done something right when everyone else was doing something wrong?  Tell us about that experience.

Friday: What does suffering mean?

Saturday: When we suffer, God…

Sunday: When have you experienced God’s healing?

Monday: What have you heard from God over the past week?

 

SPIRIT

Sacred Reading:

This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.

 

  • Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture.  As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time.  As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time.  As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.

Meditation: Look at the image above.  Whose footsteps have you walked in during your lifetime?  Who are the people walking in your footsteps?  We have been influenced by many and we influence many.  Sometimes we are not even aware that we are influencing someone.  Sometimes our influence can be negative, although we hope it will always be positive.  Following in someone’s footsteps might mean that we have to sacrifice our own way of doing things.  That can be difficult and requires humility.  Jesus Christ is calling you, above all else, to follow him.  Jesus will lead you where you need to go.  Sometimes that means that Jesus will lead you somewhere you do not want to go, but it will be the best path for you.  Notice how the psalmist does not say that the LORD, as our shepherd, leads us around the valley of the shadow of death.  Nor does he write that the LORD leads us into the valley of the shadow of death and leaves us there.  The LORD leads us through the valley of the shadow of death.  There is value in the season of suffering, for it is there that our souls are shaped.  Yet, God will never leave us there to reside permanently; there is always a point of deliverance waiting for you on God’s pathway.  Follow.  Trust.  Know the assurance of God’s guidance, protection, and love.  And as you go, lead others into the fold of the Good Shepherd of our souls.

Spiritual Practice: Reading

To prepare for the sermon this week, I will be reading the classic Christian novel In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon.  I invite you to read it with me.  Reading spiritual classics is a discipline in which we hear the truth of the Gospel presented as a witness by someone who has experienced it.  It helps us discover new insights and angles that we might miss on our own.  You might already have this book, but if you do not it can be ordered cheaply on Kindle at Amazon.  What do you learn about discipleship to Jesus Christ through this book?

Breath Prayer: LORD God, walk before us into the unknown.

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