{June 21, 2020}

Heartland Community Church



Resilient: Boldness

By Debbie Kirk

Paul was experiencing a wide range of emotions during his visit to Athens. He was distressed, disappointed and discouraged at what he saw as he observed their city. But instead of defeating him, it gave him a boldness of spirit! His mission was clear, he was there to share the good news of Jesus. He was offering relationship in place of religion.

It takes an openness and a spirit of humility to change our minds about something. Especially if it is something WE have created. Paul was asking them to give up their idols, their latest ideas and their old ways for a chance to embrace a living, breathing relationship with a known God! 

As we make space, to build relationships, to make Jesus first, we need to fill some of that space with time in God’s word, seeking his truth and his heart. In the building process we have a toolbelt of amazing tools that offer encouragement, honesty and transparency as we live out the love of Jesus among our friends AND enemies. Making Jesus first calls us to lay down our idols, our comforts, our own selfish ideas and lock eyes with our good Father.

I imagine as Paul reflected back on his time in Athens, he realized that some hearts had been changed and some had not. Some had sneered and others wanted to hear more about this Jesus. As he left the city, he left behind opened eyes, changed lives. That is the heart of our heavenly Father. Will the cry of our hearts as we hear the truth, be nay or YAY!?

Shibu’s story of his walk across the graduation stage was a beautiful picture of a child’s love, trust and devotion for their father. Shibu’s deep love and tender care for his children is obvious to all who know him. How much more does God love and care for you, for us? If you have trouble trusting him, ask him, through his Holy Spirit, to show you how much he loves you.


{sunday 6.21.20}

Read Romans 5:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: God’s heart is focused on relationship, so much so that he sent his son Jesus to be with us and make the ultimate sacrifice for us, and then sent the Holy Spirit to give us a constant presence, a helper, to guide us. How are you currently experiencing your relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit? How can you increase the nearness of that relationship? Now pivot with me, and consider how you might invite someone else in to see Jesus through your relationship with Him. How might you share the good news you have with another?


{bible reading plan: acts of the apostles}

By Debbie Kirk

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{monday 6.22.20}

Read Acts 17:4-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "… For they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul was saying was true."

Jesus is our true north. The word of God is the lighthouse in the storm. God is calling us to seek him, his heart and the truth and peace we all so desperately desire.

Let’s ask him today to pour over us his Holy Spirit, as we open the Bible and spend some time seeking and listening.


{tuesday 6.23.20}

Read Acts 17:16-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols."

The enemy loves nothing more than to divert our eyes from the Lord of heaven and earth and attach them to something man-made. Religion and relationship are two very different things. God desires our hearts and from him we have life and breath. He is near to us and wants us to know him.

Take some time today and read as many verses as you can about God knowing and loving his children!


{wednesday 6.24.20}

Read Acts 17:29-18:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Trials refine us, Holy Spirit purifies us and the Bible teaches us truth. God is patient and full of grace when we are off course, but he always calls us to repentance.

We are made in his image and not the other way around. He calls us to examine our hearts, our motives and the image of God we have created and lay them down if they are contrary to what is true.

God, purify our hearts, make us hungry for your word, your ways and your will. Amen


{thursday 6.25.20}

Read Acts 18:8-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "Don’t be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you…"

Fear, resistance and outright rebellion are nothing new when it comes to the word of God. Paul faced more opposition in one season than most of us ever will in a lifetime. He “reasoned” with them from city to city, where some believed and others would not. But he kept on speaking. 

God has promised us that he is with us and for us and will give us the courage we need to speak the truth. Let’s keep digging in deep into his word so that we do not sway from what is true and right! 

Give us eyes to see and ears to hear. Amen


{friday 6.26.20}

Read Acts 18:22-19:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."

With belief in Jesus, comes the gift of the Holy Spirit. He promised us when he left this earth that God would send a helper. What a good good father, to provide us with a friend, ally and guide through this sometimes very difficult and confusing life.

If you are feeling lost at sea, weak or alone, call on the name of Jesus and ask him to fill you with his Holy Spirit. He promises to bring comfort and healing to your heart.


{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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