{May 5, 2019}

Heartland Community Church

May 5 – 11, 2019


LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Submit To One Another

By Grant Houske

I recently was a part of a trial team on an important case. During opening statements, the attorney I work with gave an analogy that the ongoing litigation we were dealing with was a result of trying to fit a square peg in a round hole; that the issues at hand were in constant contrast with one another and, as a result, nothing could be resolved. For me, that same analogy of a square peg and a round hole is the first thing that came to my mind as Dan spoke about submitting to one another. The square peg is to submit to one another, and the round hole is my human tendency to say NO! 

Frequently, I think about life and take inventory of my “Christian" roles and responsibilities. As I go through the checklist, I’m reassured with what I have done and continue to do. I’m confident that I can say I have checked the Christian boxes! However, when I get to the “submit” checkbox, if I’m honest, I do not seem to be able to exhibit the same amount of confidence as the other boxes. That square peg/round hole analogy comes roaring back, and I’m stuck! My human tendency kicks in full gear and the relationship equation of 1 > < 1 tends to dominate my thoughts and behavior.

You see, in building relationships, I tend to do things in reverse order. My ability to submit to others, is usually towards the back. I tend to do the “easy” aspects of relationships, but postpone the difficult parts for later. However, am I really doing any good with this when I’ve been commissioned by Christ to do exactly the opposite? My human tendency blocks me again.

Thankfully, through the power of Jesus, we have the ability and strength to obliterate that round hole and fully submit because he submitted himself to us and for us! It is good to hear and be reminded of this message, not out of guilt or shame in our actions, but as a reminder of the power it brings. 

Today Dan asked when we submit, who goes first? The answer is you! I know at some point I will revert to my human tendencies and struggle to submit to others. I know it will happen. But, I also know how and why I can change. All I need to do is remind myself about a man on a cross, bleeding and dying for me. A man who submitted to me long before I ever existed. 

Think of the power and potential we hold in our hands, if we would truly submit to others. To submit, not out of fear or inferiority, but rather out of humility and confidence. Imagine how that would radically change our relationships with others.Imagine how that would begin to resolve a conflict or end a feud. Imagine how we could advance God’s kingdom. The potential is endless. 

Let’s start at the beginning, let’s truly try and follow Jesus’ example. Let’s strive to remember that we can have no power from Jesus unless we live in a posture that we have none of our own.

{sunday 5.5.19}

Read Phillippians 2:3-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Think of one person you can submit to and what is your first reaction to that?  What can you do for that person to serve him or her?  Imagine the power you can bring to build this relationship, how would it be?


{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.


{monday 5.6.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 11:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you best engage in worship? What is your gut level response to these verses? How might this speak to the culture that was receiving this letter at the time? At Heartland we practice and believe that everyone is made in the image of God and everyone receives specific giftings to be shared in community. For more on these verses, listen to Seth’s Journey vlog HERE.)

{tuesday 5.7.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you meditate on before taking communion? What do you remember as you take communion? Have you had an impactful communion experience? If so, share it with a trusted friend.     

{wednesday 5.8.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 11:31-12:11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What gifts do you belive God gave to you? What is the difference between a gift given by God and your personal abiligy?   

{thursday 5.9.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If God intentionally builds the body (His church) togehter, what role do your gifts play at Heartland? 

{friday 5.10.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The author nudges us to try our gifts in balance or harmon with the other gifts represented. How do you do that? Try rewriting the ‘love’ verses in your own words.  

{saturday 5.11.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 13:8-14:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How will faith, hope and love last forever? How would you describe that to a close friend.


{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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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