Home Church Resource:
Courage in a Time of Containment
Week 5 (10 May) Joshua 1:1-9
- 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) Joshua 1:1-9
- What do we learn about God (Father? Jesus? Holy Spirit?)
- What do we learn about people?
- Additional question- Where in your life do you need God’s strength and courage?
- 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 Joshua 1:1-9 Short Commentary (Pete Greig)
This is an unusual time of constraint and containment when the natural human impulse is towards self-preservation - mere survival.
Coronavirus began, of course, in China where the word for crisis is made up of two characters: the first means ‘danger’ and the second means’ opportunity’. The danger of this crisis is very real. Everyone is affected in some way. Hundreds of thousands are likely to die. Millions are losing their jobs. But this season of confinement may also be a great blessing. This crisis is also an opportunity for the people of God to ‘be strong and courageous’, to show his love to a world that is being shaken to its core.
The children of Israel were about to cross into new territory. No doubt they remembered the reports of the many dangers that now awaited them. We also find ourselves, much like Israel, facing many questions with little or no answers. Yet we have the same assurance that the Lord is with us. As our borders of safety seem to be shaken, we can rest knowing He is our confidence.
Lord I ask that I would be deepened and not diminished, emboldened and not terrified, by the pressures of this crisis for the sake of those who don’t yet know your love.