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{July 14, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


July 14 – 20, 2019

 

SUIT UP: The Belt of Truth

By Meghan Hemenway

I have a friend whose house I find by feel. Multiple times I have directed my husband to her house by saying, “I feel that this is the right place to turn,” or “this doesn’t feel right.” My husband, a rational, analytical attorney finds this illogical and baffling. Following directions is a well grounded and factual practice–not one where feelings and emotions are a lot of use–but I always find my way, perhaps giving me some false evidence that there are multiple ways to get to the truth.

In our society it is hard to get to the truth. We have countless news sources offering an endless stream of information about the world. We have developed a distrust of media and a stronger reliance on our understanding. As a mom of young kids I would often hear the message of, “as a parent you know what is best for your child” at the same time I was hearing a message of, “If you are not doing x, y, or z for your child, you’re doing it all wrong!” Just as with all media, there is a deluge of information about raising children. I was encouraged to do what felt right and what I thought was best.

But our own intuition and understanding only goes so far. What Seth talked about today is that when it comes to core truths, we look not to ourselves, but to God. I found comfort in these words. While it is helpful to have confidence in your decisions, I found it much more helpful to know and believe that I did not have to have all the answers. That I, as a follower of Jesus, did not in fact have to decide what was true nor did I have to rely on my own interpretation of the world. It is hard to stand firm in your beliefs when there are so many beliefs out there.

The challenges of our current time are not unique. Paul encouraged the Ephesians to suit up for battle, to put on the full armor of God. He wanted them to practice getting their strength from God and to stand firm on the foundation of God’s truth. Future challenges would come and it is hard to stand your ground on a shaky foundation. All of this rests on the belt of God’s truth.

 

{sunday 7.14.19}

Read John 8:31-32

Observe, Reflect, Apply:  Jesus isn’t asking us to have all the answers. Jesus says that through following him we will know the truth. In what areas are you wrestling with figuring out the truth of something on your own? Can you instead look to Jesus for understanding?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

 

{monday 7.15.19}

Read Ephesians 6:10-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 7.16.19}

Read Philippians 1:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 7.17.19}

Read Philippians 1:12-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 7.18.19}

Read Philippians 1:23-2:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 7.19.19}

Read Philippians 2:5-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 7.20.19}

Read Philippians 2:19-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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