{October 4, 2020}

Heartland Community Church



NEW THING: Passing the Torch

By Sarah Hahs

It’s always nice to be reminded who we are. How our life has made an impact. In following Jesus we have an opportunity to invest in the next generation that will come after us. It’s how the early church in Acts was formed—through relationships, and community. In the simple act of investing in someone else. Those who we are developing will go on to develop others, who will go on to develop others. And that is how a church thrives.

Heartland Community Church 15 years from now . . . is sitting in the Heartland Kids rooms learning to authentically worship, discovering that Jesus is their friend, learning how to share the love of Jesus with others.

Heartland Community Church 10 years from now . . . is sitting in the dock on a Sunday or Wednesday, learning to share their faith with others, discovering what an authentic relationship with Jesus requires.

Heartland Community Church 5 years from now . . . is sitting in a Leadership Training internship, learning how they were uniquely and wonderfully made and what God might be calling them to as they start to leave home and forge their own paths. 

Heartland Community Church right now . . . is carried in those who are investing in relationships with the folks in their communities. It’s in forming our own communities and finding new ways to connect in what has been a challenging season for connection. It’s making space for those relationships by prioritizing them. And most importantly, putting Jesus at the center of all of it. It’s in learning to let go of what Heartland Community Church was 30 years ago . . . and embracing the new thing God is molding and shaping over that 30 years through relationship and community. 

I have had the opportunity while working here to develop relationships with the volunteers on our tech team. To get to know a guy named Nathan, who was so excited to serve and wanted to know how everything worked. We could talk for hours about what we would do differently about a service, what the lights could look like during that one song, what a new set could look like if we used LED strips. It was like finding someone who spoke your same language. And investing in Nathan wasn’t hard. I was already doing all the things we both loved, so it was easy to just ask him to join me. He brings an ability to talk to machines that I don’t have, he makes my work more enjoyable, which is hard to do since I already loved it. He has made my experience richer. I now get the opportunity to watch him pour into a tech student in the high school space. Bringing him alongside as he works, forming relationship with him.  It’s been such a gift, watching that torch pass.   

Who in your life do you already have relationship with? Who already speaks your language?  Those are your torchbearers. They are the ones who will recall your legacy when passing it on to others. And it is in that legacy that we find generational impact.  

{sunday 10.4.20}

Read 2 Timothy 1:1-5, 2:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do we learn about Timothy, Paul, God, and even Timothy’s ancestors in these verses? What observations can you make about the relationship between Timothy and Paul? Where in your life do you have similar bridges being built? What is one way you can pass a torch this week, or prepare for the day you do?


{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Sarah Hahs

The Journey online videos have been discontinued at this time. Check out this great video overview of Psalms from our friends at The Bible Reading Project!


{monday 10.5.20}

Read Psalm 53

Read, Ponder, Pray: God is looking for just one who will follow him and comes up empty in this psalm. “Useless, unshepherded sheep, taking turns pretending to be shepherd.” (NLT) Are we taking turns following one another, instead of following God? Have we traded our true Shepherd for a false one? What is something you can do today to draw near the Shepherd?


{tuesday 10.6.20}

Read Psalm 54

Observe, Reflect, Apply: He is fighting for you even if you don’t see it. And there are moments where you cry out and He responds right next to you, in lock step with you. And you are startled and say, “Oh there you are! You’ve been here the whole time!” His faithfulness to you is ever present. Where has God shown up recently where you hadn’t seen him previously? Where do you need him to fight for you this week?


{wednesday 10.7.20}

Read Psalm 55

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Cry out to God in your times of betrayal. He can shoulder your disappointment and anger. This is David literally crying out to God over the betrayal of his best friend. Have you ever been betrayed by someone close to you? How do David’s words here help you cope with that kind of hurt?


{thursday 10.8.20}

Read Psalm 56

Observe, Reflect, Apply: David wrote this psalm after being captured by his enemies. If you’ve have found yourself feeling beat up by life, this psalm is a cry to God to right the wrongs, to avenge, and to thank Him for His faithfulness. What wrong does God need to right?


{friday 10.9.20}

Read Psalm 57

Observe, Reflect, Apply: David is in hiding and this psalm starts out by asking God for protection, but quickly turns to praise. He is finding God in nature, while in hiding, and singing praise to God for his rescue.  David mentions he is ready, “I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe.” (NLT) What do you need to do today to ready yourself to bring praise to God? Come out of hiding and praise Him who rescues you.


{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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