If you love what Jesus and scripture reveals about the good stuff, you have to at least pause and consider the things that are revealed that are difficult to receive. The reality is that Adam and Eve’s story is my story as well and the consequences of sin is fractured relationships, with God and others. However, the good news is that God is light and we can live in that light too.
[RUMINATE: to chew on, ponder, or meditate on]
Each week, we will P.R.A.Y. – “P,” pausing to be still. “R,” ruminating on scripture. “A,” asking God to help us and “Y,” yielding to His will in our lives, come what may. This practice is also known as “Lectio Devina,” which is Latin for “Divine Reading.” Lectio Devina is an ancient practice dating back to early Christendom and is a way of meditating on a passage of scripture and letting the Holy Spirit speak to you afresh through the ancient words.
We want these truths to be engrained on your heart; solidified there to be recalled in a moment of need. We’d love for you to intentionally memorize a passage of scripture that we’ll all me memorizing together! The passages are getting a bit longer…so it might be a bit more of a challenge…but we know you can do it!!
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
1 John 1:5-10
Download this image with this week’s verse on it and set it as the lock screen on your phone. This way, every time you look at your phone (about 4,932 times per day) you are reminded of God’s truth and you’re one step closer to committing it to memory. As a way to help you get one step closer to memorization, these lockscreens only have the first letter of each word in. the verse. We also have a couple options for you to choose from: one that has a more feminine feel, and one that’s a little more masculine. Click on the thumbnail to download.
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These are some great apps to help you commit these verses to memory. Keep in mind as you begin your memorization journey, the goal is to hide scripture in your heart in order to be full of God’s truth. Don’t allow this practice to become a burden or a Pharisaical way to pat yourself on the back. These apps will give you badges and gold stars for reaching your goal…don’t let that become what it’s about. There are two apps that we’ve found. Bible Memory is free. Verses is simpler and more esthetically pleasing but it costs $5 a year if you want to use a translation other than KJV.
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As this season has made it easier to isolate, we want to lean into community! We encourage you to discuss the things God is revealing to you! Whether that’s your Life Group, a mentor, or simply one friend or neighbor that you choose to be intentional with…we know that one of the best ways to work out the things God is stirring in us is through community! Take a risk and find someone to discuss God’s Word with this week!
Click below to download the group discussion guide that follows along with the weekend messages. This is a great resource to help you dig a little deeper and discuss the things God is teaching you through the weekend messages as well as your time in the Word this week.
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If you’d like to dig a little deeper on this week’s topic of the sin, we’ve complied some great resources from Pastor Tim Mackie and the Bible Project, as well as some great questions to get the conversation started with whoever you’re discussing with.