Following Jesus:
Common Rule

January 24, 2021 - Luke 15:1-10

Eat Together (30 min) Please practice current safety measures if gathering in-person, seeking to enjoy the devotion of sharing a meal. Consider how to safely eat together (try to have each family bring food for their household, etc.).

Worship & Prayer (20 min)
“Worship is the acknowledgment of, agreement with, and yielding to lordship, wholeheartedly offering attention and affection to ascribe worth.”
Follow this LINK for this week’s Worship Resource that also has practical instructions on how to worship together on Zoom.

Give
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/person He wants you to bless. Let’s wait in silence for 2 minutes now. Give Online.

Announcements

  • Next Sunday Jan 31 will be a Large Navah Gathering. 10 AM on Zoom
  • Navah has exciting new rhythms of scripture reading and prayer together. These are the initial steps of a common practice, receiving the richness of formation in the Word of God and time with him. The reading plan and weekly Prayer Resource is underway! Print off a paper copy of the Navah website and join in:
  • Navah 2021 Bible Reading Plan
  • Navah Family Common Rule Prayer Guide - Jan 2021

Kids (time varies)
Consider how you integrate these kids’ resources from Navah Kids. Each home church will do this differently depending on the number and age of the children participating. Remember to include your kids as much as possible and have fun! You can access the resource HERE.

Care (20 min)

  • Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
  • Invite each person to share a brief Hi/Lo (gratitude and prayer need)
  • Consider having the next person who shares pray a short blessing over the previous person who has shared.

Commentary and DBS Questions - Luke 15:1-10
To be with Jesus is to be near Love itself, and in following Him we cannot help but become more like Him. All that Jesus did and said revealed the nature of the Father and the way of His kingdom. In Luke 12-16, Jesus gives what could be considered hard teaching for those that wish to follow Him. There is no shortcut to His table. Even His disciples, in another gospel account, ask Him, “who then can be saved?” With such a way of life, surely only those that were already righteous had what it took to participate in this Kingdom!
Yet, right in the middle of it all, we see Jesus give greater insight to this way. Again, the Word became flesh as He demonstrates, in Luke 15, how this love lives and who it is for. 
Jesus came for all those that were lost and disillusioned by sin. Jesus is the way to the Father’s table. He shared many meals with the broken and burdened by this world. When the religious leaders of the day contested this, Jesus gave a teaching that speaks to us today as we see so many lost and confused. Jesus asks which of them would not go and find the one sheep lost and alone. Who would say “oh well, I have 99 more, what is the one to me?” He asks them to wonder if a woman would be content with nine coins in her purse, knowing she has a lost one somewhere in her home. Of course not! She would turn the house upside down to find the one that was lost. This is who our God is, and this is the manner of love in which He has loved us. Jesus had come to turn the “house,” the world, upside-down to find the one, and He is still inviting us to join Him in this today. Lord, show us who is missing from our tables and send us to the one you long for.

DBS and Additional Questions

  • What do we learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
  • What do we learn about people?
  • From the text, is there a sin to repent of, a promise to hold onto, an example to follow, or a command to obey?

Application

  • Share a story of when Jesus, or another Jesus follower, came after you in a season of being lost or isolated.
  • Who is missing from your “table”? In the midst of Covid, political transition, and the fatigue of the season, is there someone you know that has been disconnected? A friend that has begun to isolate?
  • This week: make a plan to call them, invite them for a coffee, or on a walk.
  • Take a few minutes and ask the Lord if there is one person you know that you can pray for that does not yet know Jesus. Ask the Father for an opportunity this week to connect with them, just to see how they are doing at this time.
  • Prayer: consider making an Oikos map this week (a map of your relational network), making a plan to pray for those in your sphere of influence, that they may come to know the love of God.

Video - The Bible Project: Luke (Chapters 9-19)

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)
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