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{August 11, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


August 11 – 17, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Helmet of Salvation

By Marnie Vasquez

Salvation.

Do you take it for granted?

I do.

Jesus chose me and saves me again and again. He gives me skills, tools and people to help my way on Earth.

My choice in the matter is to believe and say, yes, Jesus, you are the son of God, our savior. And then leverage the resources he’s given me.

Yet, I take this for granted. More than I care to admit.

And, it’s quite silly, actually. Jesus says, “Look, your life is going to be hard, it just is. There will be ups and downs, with many struggles. I will be here with you every day and every moment. I won’t leave you. I will constantly love you and constantly nudge you in a good direction. But, down here on Earth, it’s going to be tough. The devil is running rampant, persistently trying to sway and make you turn from me. Ultimately, I won’t let that happen. So, not only will I be by your side, I’m giving you many, many tools, weapons and people to fight against him. This will help to make your way easier, help you not get sidetracked, and prevent you from being in places and situations that aren’t good for you. Just put them on.”

These are huge advantages! Anyone playing a sport, competing in business, wooing another, nurturing a sick person, will take every advantage they can get.

Are you? Am I? It’s ridiculous and pathetic to think I wouldn’t or shouldn’t.

Don’t follow in my footsteps. And if you are, please, then be like me, and together let’s suit back up. Let’s take every advantage we can daily to live and fight in this war we are in.

Thank you, Jesus. Let’s go.

{sunday 8.11.19}

Read Ephesians 6:10-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This week, challenge yourself to this…when you wake up in the morning, mentally and physically put on your armor as you read through Ephesians 6:10-18. Then as you fall asleep at night, reflect on how Jesus and the armor were with you throughout your day.

 

{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 8.12.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28

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 8.13.19}

Read 2 Thessalonians 1

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 8.14.19}

Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

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 8.15.19}

Read 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

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?  

{friday 8.16.19}

Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18

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 8.17.19}

Read 1 Timothy 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?

 

{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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