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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

 

SUN, MAY 24, 2020 – Matthew 9:35-38

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

MON, MAY 25, 2020 – Luke 14:27

In 1937, during the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer published his classic book,

The Cost of Discipleship.” It was against this cultural & political background that Bonhoeffer's theology of costly discipleship developed, which ultimately led to his death. One of the most quoted parts of the book deals with the distinction which Bonhoeffer makes between "cheap" and "costly" grace.

 

According to Bonhoeffer, “cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance,

baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

 

Is it possible to make salvation so easy to access (cheap) that it loses its power?

 

Do you find any of the characteristics of cheap grace that Bonhoeffer lists (above) in your own life?

 

How can you tell if you’re too comfortable in your walk with Jesus?

 

PRAYER: God, You love us with an everlasting love. Deliver us from cheap grace that we may respond to Your love with our whole lives. Amen.

 

TUES, MAY 26, 2020 – Luke 14:28

In contrast to cheap grace, “costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus. It comes as a

word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. It is costly because it compels a person] to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light.’”

 

In the Scripture above, we are encouraged to “count the cost” of following Jesus. What is your faith costing you?

 

Is it possible to make the call to follow Jesus too radical?

 

What is the difference between following Jesus (costly grace) and simply believing things about Jesus (cheap grace)?

 

PRAYER: God, thank You for the costly grace that You have offered us freely and which has made us disciples of Jesus. Help us to count the cost and respond to You with open hearts. Amen.

 

 

 

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

WED, MAY 27, 2020 – Ephesians 2:19-22

Bonhoeffer argues that as Christianity spread, the Church became more “secularized”, accommodating the demands of obedience to Jesus to the requirements of society. For over 8 decades, now, these words from the martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer have shaped and challenged the Church.

 

Why is it that the Church so often proclaims and dispenses “cheap grace?”

 

What happens to the “saltiness” of disciples who take the easy route and accept cheap grace instead of costly grace?

 

How could the witness of the church change if even just a few Church members became true disciples, following Jesus wherever He leads?

 

PRAYER: God, guide our Church to follow You wherever You lead. Empower us to be Your hands and feet in the world, willing to take risks and sacrifice all that we have, as You mold us into the people You want us to be. Amen.

 

THUR, MAY 28, 2020 – Matthew 9:35

In the Scripture for today, we learn that Jesus set for us an example when He taught the people, proclaimed the good news, and healed the people from their illnesses. He lived out His faith by serving His community. In the sermon on Sunday, we learned that Jesus used “action – reflection – action” in leading His disciples. First, He modeled behavior for them (action). They had time to reflect on His action (reflection). Then, the disciples went forward and repeated Jesus’ behavior (action).

 

In looking at Jesus’ example of teaching, preaching, and healing, what is He telling us is important?

 

What priorities did Jesus demonstrate through His actions?

 

How are you doing at emulating Jesus’ example?

 

PRAYER: Jesus Christ, you call us to follow you as disciples. Help us to respond wholeheartedly. You invite us to proclaim Your gospel of hope and salvation here at home and to all people. Teach us to be faithful evangelists in word and in action. Lord Jesus Christ, you have given us every spiritual and material blessing. Show us how to share our gifts with others, and inspire us always to follow your example of generous self-giving. Amen.

 

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

FRI, MAY 29, 2020 – Matthew 9:36

Jesus’ actions are motivated by his COMPASSION for the people. In the sermon on Sunday, we heard the story of the beginnings of the organization, Compassion International. A pastor went to minister to American soldiers during the Korean War, and while there, he witnessed starving and dying children and was moved to action. His compassion for what he witnessed, drove him to do what he could to change the world. In our Scripture today, Jesus saw the crowds and had compassion on them. This propelled Him to action.

 

The definition of compassion in the dictionary is very short. It simply says that compassion means sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress along with a desire to alleviate it. In your own words, what does compassion mean to you?

 

Compassion is a good trait and one desired and honored by God. What are six opposite traits from compassion that we should try to rid ourselves of?

 

Think of some people you know who are in need. Why are you compassionate to some of them and not to others? What tends to keep you and/or others from being compassionate to them?

 

PRAYER: God, please open our eyes. Please let us see those around us that are in need of our compassion. Compel us to listen to them, to hear their needs. Give us the hearts to be interested in their troubles and provide for us the means to help them. Amen.

 

SAT, MAY 30, 2020 – Matthew 9:37-38

In the sermon this week, we learned that God doesn’t just tell us to get to work. Jesus stays focused on God, calling Him the “Lord of the harvest.” We are harvesters in God’s field.

 

Why is it so striking that Jesus looks at the desperate crowds and talks about a plentiful harvest? Why should this give us optimism in evangelism?

 

When you look at the world around you, what are you passionate about? Who do you feel compassion for?

 

What gifts do you have that can be used to work in God’s field, carrying out His will in the world?

 

PRAYER: Dear God of the Harvest, we ask You to send laborers into the fields around the world. In every place Your Word is preached, and You call and anoint fishers of men. Even in the most difficult places we pray the nets would be let down and be filled with a new, abundant, spiritual harvest. Revive Your work in the earth, and help us to be a part of it! Amen.

 

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