Home Church Resource:
Love in a time of Fear
Week 1 (29 March) 1 John 4:15-19
- Eat Together: (30 min) We will resume this devotion in person when we are permitted to gather again.
For more connection you may want to schedule a virtual game night or meal with your Home Church for a different day or time in the week.
- Worship & Prayer: (20 min)
Follow this LINK for this weeks Worship Resource that also has practical instructions on how to worship together on Zoom
-24-7 Coronavirus Prayer-Pete Greig
We are emphasizing this prayer for the next 6 weeks to disciple people in prayer around God’s character amidst the coronavirus crisis. It also unifies us in prayer with our global 24-7 Prayer family!
We are going to pause for 2 minutes to consider how we will give this week. For those that call Navah home, this is a time for you to give right now or review your giving to all God does in and through Navah. During this time, also listen and ask the Spirit if there is a need/a person He wants you to bless. Let’s wait in silence for 2 minutes now
Link to give online to Navah - Give
- Kids: (Each home church will do this differently depending on the number and age of the children participating, feel free to place this during anytime of the gathering and schedule the time you need )
- Follow this LINK for a full Kids Resources
Consider how you integrate these kids resources from Navah Kids. Remember to include your kids as much as possible and have fun. There is a brilliant resource from 24-7 about creative ways you can pray as a family and would be perfect to integrate here. See the resource HERE
- Care: (20 min)
-Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
Invite each person share brief Hi/Lo (thankfulness and prayer need)
Consider having the next person who shares pray a short blessing over the previous person who shared.
- DBS: (30 min) 1 John 4:15-19
- What do we learn about God (Father? Jesus? Holy Spirit?)
- What do we learn about people?
- Additional question- Where are we afraid and how might we drive fear from another person’s life today, by the simple power of love? (taken from the Lectio 365)
- What is something you can do to put this passage into practice this week?
-Is there a sin to avoid? (repent?)
-Is there a promise to believe? (take hold of?)
-Is there an example to follow?
-Is there a command to obey?
- Communion: (10 min)
Ask each person/household to prepare elements ahead of time- give them a few days heads up if possible
Read short passage-1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Lead them in receiving the elements
Consider singing or reciting the doxology together (acapella)
- Suggested Closing Prayers: (3 min)
The Lord’s Prayer ( Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4)
Lord, we thank You for the promise of Your Presence. We rest knowing that you will never leave us nor forsake us. We ask for ears to hear Your voice above all others at this time. We ask for eyes to see You moving, as work to heal and bring hope to every heart. We ask for hearts to obey, joyfully and immediately, whatever you ask of us. May You be glorified in the healing and restoration of all things. May Your church be strengthened and multiplied on the Earth. Amen.
- Commentary from the passage:
DBS 1 John 4:15-19: Short Commentary (Pete Greig)
Everywhere I look right now I encounter fear. The news is scary. There is fear in peoples’ eyes. But the apostle John says that God’s ‘perfect love drives out fear’. The Greek word for driving out here is 'ballei'. It’s the same word used of Jesus driving out the money-lenders from the temple, and casting demons out of the oppressed. It’s forceful. Love doesn’t just soothe our fear. It isn’t polite. There is a violence about the way it kicks terror out of our hearts and minds. It’s important to face the facts, even when they are scary, but even more important to focus on the ultimate and enduring reality of God’s love.
One of the primary longings of the human heart is for security; a place of safety, for our spirits, souls and bodies. In this text, the Apostle John brings a fresh revelation that confidence and stability come only in the recognition of Jesus, the beloved Son of God. To acknowledge Him is to welcome the Father’s love, which is the purest place of refuge for our whole being. His love dispels completely any fears faced in this life.
There is much uncertainty in these times, with many unsure of where to turn and what to trust, yet God is able to keep us fully in perfect love, for He is perfect. In the midst of a global crisis, may we turn our attention and our affection to Jesus, allowing His love to settle the anxieties of our circumstance.