{August 20, 2017}

 

August 20 – 26, 2017

 

{3 Letter Words: OUR}

By Lisa Zulke

When I first came to Heartland, I was drawn to the mission of being for those who don’t yet know Jesus. Of choosing to inconvenience myself so that someone else could hear about Jesus in a way they could relate to, at a time that was convenient for them, in a place that made them feel welcome and at home. It is that heart of why we do what we do that keeps me coming back every week.

Becoming a believer later in life has helped me keep the lens of OUR. US. COMMUNITY. I was doing life alone, and it wasn’t working very well. As I entered into a community of believers in my 20’s it was evident that part of the difference I could see in these people was . . . they had each other. They were connected. They encouraged one another (that wasn’t happening in my work place). They reminded each other of the good they had seen, and spoke the truth of who they knew a person to be right back into existence, it seemed.

They also had God, in all his fullness. They spoke freely of their relationship with Jesus. They told stories of when God had shown up in their lives, and celebrated with thankfulness the difference he made at each milestone. And they gave words to the experience of sensing God’s presence, feeling a "nudge", having a confidence in what they knew, or what they needed to do next. I think that was their experience of the Holy Spirit.

As I grew in my faith, I found it’s best expression happened in community. Our volunteer slogan around here is, "To be what is needed." It so beautifully speaks to the truth that God places us here for a purpose . . . and it’s not for ourselves. To make a difference. To clear the way, and level the playing field, so that all people can experience the Jesus we know, and find their fullest life in a relationship with him.

I spend my days seeking opportunities to be what is needed. On my run. At the Starbucks. On the drive to work. In the office. In the neighborhood. In my family. What is happening on this day, in this place, that speaks to me, "It’s not about you. It’s about what is happening around you. I placed you here to be what is needed. Now, go be that."

In my breakneck, busy pace of life I often miss it, or forget to be intentional about it. Or, just forget. But, man, when it happens, and I step into it, I know . . . I can feel it . . . I am living in the OUR. The US. The COMMUNITY.
 

{sunday 8.20.17}

Read Genesis 1:26-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean to you, that YOU are made in the image of God? That, both male and female, he created us in his image? This leads me to the challenging thought . . . do I live as if I am a physical, visible representation of God in this world? If not, why not? How?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

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.

CLICK HERE to check out a short video from our friends at The Bible Project about 1 Timothy.

{monday 8.21.17}

Read 1 Timothy 2:8-3:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These are challenging passages to read and understand. As you read them in today’s context, what thoughts or questions do they raise? Why might Paul have written these words in that era?

{tuesday 8.22.17}

Read 1 Timothy 3:8-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In theses passages, Paul is instructing on the character a leader should exhibit before taking a position of leadership in the church. How do these standards compare to the requirements where you work? Where you do business? How do standards help an organization?

{wednesday 8.23.17}

Read 1 Timothy 4:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever been distracted or separated from what you know to be true? What state of mind does this leave you in? If we become distracted or separated from God, we are assured of a path to redemption and rescue. If you have experienced a rescue, take a moment to express your thoughts or feelings toward God. If you have not experienced a rescue, consider asking God for his intervention in your life. Find someone to share what you are thinking and processing right now.

{thursday 8.24.17}

Read 1 Timothy 4:11-5:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you keep a close eye on your state of mind, your spirit toward others, and your relationship with God? What do you do to get reconnected to him? How do you engage with those who are your peers, your superiors, or those younger than you? What do these verses say about how we are to treat others?

{friday 8.25.17}

Read 1 Timothy 5:9-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In these passages, Paul is again trying to help Timothy establish (or reestablish) good community practices in the church. What might the positive impact of his statements be in this community? Any downfalls that you can see? What do you think Paul was trying to accomplish?

{saturday 8.26.17}

Read 1 Timothy 5:17-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul continues with more guidelines to structure the community and it’s leadership. What do you take away from these passages that might help you today?

{group discussion ideas}

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 an Heartland 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 for The Journey.

  • Can you name an ‘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 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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