{November 8, 2020}






Heartland Community Church


THE JOURNEY

 

LOOKING UP: God’s Call To Unity

By Allison Antrim

The United States has been through a lot since it declared independence from England in 1776. It has always struggled with competing points of view and different ideas of how to do things. Although division and discontent rage all around us now, in the past Americans have been at similar odds with one another at various points in history. Throughout these seasons of unrest, as Seth pointed out, there have been a number of noteworthy Americans who have tried to remind the nation to embrace unity as “one nation under God.” Yet I agree with Seth that right now, it feels like America has drifted so far from the ideals it once held. If I’m honest, sometimes it seems impossible to me that such a divided country could come together again.

Jesus tells His disciples (and us!) in John 16:33 that “in this life, you will have trouble.” That covers not only what’s going on in America today, but also what’s going on in your home or at your job. It shouldn’t surprise us when we face hardships and challenges anywhere in our lives. But the good news is that Jesus doesn’t end on that note. In chapter 17, He prays for all believers, including you and me, in verses 20-24:

…I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 

Have you ever considered how amazing it is that Jesus Christ, hours before his arrest, trial, torture, and death on the cross, would think to pray for you? It blows my mind! How incredible it is that God has given us the ability to become the Church with a capital C, a body of believers from all countries and cultures, including those who lived in the past, who live now, and who will live in the future, all of us united by a shared belief in the Savior who thought of and prayed for us before we even existed.

Whatever happens in American politics, God is still King of heaven and earth. His leadership is perfect. His power supersedes all human power. His wisdom is higher than all the wisdom we have or will ever have. His throne is still in heaven, the place where true citizenship lies for all believers. But while we are on earth, in the time and place that God has put us, let us unite in Jesus’s example to share His love with those who desperately need it.

{sunday 11.8.20}

Read John 17:20-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Consider how Jesus praying for you in the hours before his death impacts you today. Who has he intersected your life with that might come to believe in Jesus through your friendship or faith? How might you and I practice the pursuit of unity to greater levels this week? (Remember, the call is to unity, not uniformity. Unity: willingness to move forward freely together to achieve a higher purpose. Uniformity: uncompromising demand for compliance around a pre-determined goal.)

 

{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Lisa Zulke

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 11.9.20}

Read Psalm 78:1-16

Read, Ponder, Pray: Psalm 78 covers the history of God’s people and their interactions with him from Moses to David. There is alot of material here! In these first verses, the author implores us to not only receive the teachings of God, but to teach what we have learned of God to future generations. In your experience, what is the value of learning the stories of our ancestors? In the later verses, what are the dangers of forgetting the lessons learned, or the stories of when God showed up?

 

{tuesday 11.10.20}

Read Psalm 78:17-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Here we read of all the ways God’s people offended and sinned against him. Think of a time you turned from God’s teaching, or your experinces with him. What did you encounter, going your own way in life? How did God respond to their unbelief? Their ingratitude?

 

{wednesday 11.11.20}

Read Psalm 78:32-55

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does God give to his followers who refused to trust him? Who never apologized for their sins? We see God offer grace here, make a shift in his posture toward his people. What do you think God says, as he watches us become forgetful and stop trusting him? Where might you confess to him and ask for his forgivenss to be given to you?

 

{thursday 11.12.20}

Read Psalm 78:56-72

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Throughout these verses we see the peril in being forgetful people. Take some time today, and build a list of all the places, all the ways God has shown up in your life. Find a spot to save this list, and add to it. I pull mine out now and then, when I sense myself doubting God or becoming forgetful.

 

{friday 11.13.20}

Read Psalm 79

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In Psalm 79, we see God’s people beginning to realize they–and their ancestors–have harmed their connection to God. They share the hardship they currently endure, the losses and the pain. They offer to "thank God forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation." If you were God, how would you reply to their pleas? How do you and I hope God replies to us, when we return and seek his help?

 

{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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