June 14 – July 19, 2020
June 14 – Rebooting Our Reconciliation Efforts
Key Question: What is God’s expectation?
Pastor Ken and Pastor Phil discuss the biblical call to reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 … 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
June 21 – Rebooting Our Attitude
Key Question: What does it mean to think like Jesus?
God does not expect non-Christians to think and act like Christ. He does expect Christians to think and act like Christ. As Christians, we are to approach conflict, disagreement, and differing opinions as Jesus would.
Philippians 2:5 … have in you the same mindset/attitude as Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:17-24 … 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
June 28 – Rebooting Our Relationships
Key Question: Why do we need other people?
While social distancing may be helpful to stop the spread of a virus, we need healthy relationships and a sense of community to be spiritually and emotionally well. This is true in terms of the church gathered as well as the need to build relationships with those who are different from us.
Hebrews 10:23-25 … 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
July 5 – Rebooting Our Trust
Key Question: What are you relying on to get you through difficult times?
Whether it’s COVID-19, racial tensions, or economic uncertainty, it is easy to put our trust in the wrong things: government, laws, medicine, etc. While these certainly play an important role, as Christ-followers we are to place our ultimate trust in Christ.
Psalm 20:6-9 … 6 Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. 9 Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!
July 12 – Rebooting Our Compassion
Key Question: How do we keep from becoming hardened?
When under constant stress and trauma, it’s easy to become hardened towards the plight of others. In Galatians 6, Paul reminds us two very important truths: we reap what we sow and to not become weary in doing good. When we pull back from helping others, it actually ends up harming us.
Galatians 6:7-10 … 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
July 19 – Rebooting Our Conversations
Key Question: How do Christians handle disagreement and hard conversations?
Many of the “conversations” we see online do not reflect a Christ-centered life.
Colossians 4:2-6 … 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.