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{July 28, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


July 28 – August 3, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Footwear of Peace

By Grant Houske

HIs “battle shoes” were cowboy boots; that is how the pastor was known. A man whose adult life and ministry can be characterized by the service he provided for others. He fought with words and deeds everywhere he went, in the name of Jesus’ victory over the cross and death for our salvation. His main mission was simply to bring people to Jesus. 

Around the age of 25, while working in a meat packing plant, he had an encounter with God that was so drastic you could consider his life to be like a modern day Paul. His heart and his spirit told him that he created to take God’s message of grace and peace to people.

Over the course of his 48-year ministry, Jesus called him to revitalize struggling churches and congregations across the Midwest, in towns such as: Sioux Falls, White, Brookings, Deadwood, South Dakota; Clear Lake and Hawarden, Iowa; Lewistown, Montana, and Antioch, Illinois. He used his talents and abilities to energize congregations and help rebuild the church. He introduced many to a relationship with Jesus through his compassionate ability to connect, his thoughtful and comforting words, and his relentless pursuit to serve them. When asked about why he’s so persistent in his pursuit of others, his simple response was, “. . . it’s like Heaven on the way to Heaven.” It takes incredible discipline and fortitude to be a messenger of God’s word. He could not have done the work he did if, first, he did not find peace with God himself.

As we hear in this weeks message, we need to invite God into our hearts . . . and into all the spaces we may be holding back from him . . . to find his peace. How do we bring the “good news” everywhere we go? We all have the ability and capacity to do this. The question may come down to our willingness to follow through. 

That might seem daunting, especially if Jesus is new to you or you just do not know where to begin.  Your calling may not be to become a “modern day Paul” . . . but we all can engage in the spiritual battle through our words, deeds, and actions. The evil one seeks out our inaction and our complacency. He focuses on our laziness to not advance God’s message of peace and grace. But, God delights in anything we do, big or small, that brings grace and peace to others. 

Scripture tells us in Ephesians 2:10, "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." The beautiful thing to remember is that the war has already been won! When we find our peace, we unlock the potential to advance God’s Kingdom forward and to serve others. That sounds like a great way to “fight with your feet” and advance the good news of Jesus. 

If it all seems scary and new to you, know that God is patient and truly cares about you. Don’t be discouraged, but rather encouraged that God has a plan . . . and you are a part of it!

The pastor that I just described touched lives and inspired many people in his lifetime. Who was he? He was known to his churches as Reverend Edrie A. Regier. Some called him Pastor Edrie, the great Baptist preacher. I just called him, Grandpa! 

A ship in a harbor is safe; but that is not what ships are built for.

–John A. Shedd

 

{sunday 7.28.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What area in your life do you feel needs peace? How can you invite God fully into that space? If you know God’s peace, how can you invite others to experience it, too? Ask God to bring someone to mind who you might be uniquely positioned to share grace and peace with.

 

{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 7.29.19}

Read Colossians 1:28-2:10

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 7.30.19}

Read Colossians 2:11-23

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 7.31.19}

Read Colossians 3:1-11

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?

{thursday 8.1.19}

Read Colossians 3:12-25

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 8.2.19}

Read Colossians 4:1-9

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 8.3.19}

Read Colossians 4:10-1 Thessalonians 1:5

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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