Thursday, February 20, 2014

Day 7 and Day 8 If: EQUIP

Day 7:  IF: EQUIP
Read John 3:22-36

If you believe this is true:
  • What does this say about God?
God provides. There were those seeking baptism, God provided. There were those called to baptize, God provided. John knew of and trusted in God's provision and so found joy in Christ, not competition from Christ! God brings God's plan into completion. We may not always know it, or see it in the moment, but God is working all things to completion.
  • What does this say about you?
How/When do I compete with Christ rather than rejoicing in Christ? What areas do I need to pay attention to so that I can notice where God is working? How do I come alongside Christ and be a helpmate instead of a hindrance?
  • What does this say about the world?
God has come into the world and is continuing to come into the world. The world seeks to divide and concur and its easy to fall into that mindset. How often do we let that mindset keep us from rejoicing with or working with other Christians or congregations? How do we as the church continue to be the church universal and not a divided separate set of sects?


Day 8: IF: EQUIP
Read John 4:1-42
If you believe this is true:
  • What does this say about God?
God does not live in the same divisions that bind humanity. This discourse between a Samaritan WOMAN and Jewish MAN should not have ever happened!!! And YET! God saw her as a creation, a loved creation, and offered relationship. Even though she was wary, God continued to initiate contact. Even though she was defensive, God pursued her.
  • What does this say about you?
Why do I think its great for God to pursue others, but that I'm too great a sinner for God to pursue me? God is no respecter of persons, so why do I find myself dealing with that mindset? How can I demonstrate this great love that Jesus showed? Am I afraid to reach out, or afraid of being rebuffed?
  • What does this say about the world?
The world try's to keep people isolated, in darkness. If you feel like your the only one, then you won't reach out for support, you won't seek out help and you will continue to live in fear. The light has come into the world and the darkness has not, will not overcome it! The offer of relationship, not judgment, not conformity, but RELATIONSHIP allows others to see the good that Christ is doing. And once that relationship occurs, once that transformative moment happens, we cannot help but share with the world the freeing and wonderful news we have heard!

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