Following Jesus: Common Rule
June 6, 2021 - Growing up in Father's Love (Galatians 3:26-4:7)
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.”
Choose any combination of the following engagements to fill your shared time of worship:
- Follow this LINK for this week’s Worship Resource
- YouTube Playlist - Includes one song for communal singing and one instrumental song for contemplation/meditation.
- Psalm 57 NIV
- Lectio Divina Instructions
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.
- All Church Gathering June 13, 4pm at El Torreon
- Common Rule:
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 Questions - Galatians 3:26-4:7
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Oh the riches of Father’s love in Jesus, that our old lives, which ultimately were our doom, now are put to death! And through faith in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross, we now LIVE!
As the Spirit lives and works in us, we are certain of our identity in God: beloved children. In this, we have access to all that He is, and He works on our behalf to bring about His best in and through us. Paul writes to the Galatians that this has always been God’s plan, and He continually demonstrated it, first through the life and faith of Abraham all the way to the revelation of Jesus. No longer do we put our confidence in our religious, national or experiential identity, or anything we can do on our own, but we now put our confidence in the promises of God, in which we have access in Jesus Christ! Before, though we had the law to teach us the way we should go, it could not give life. But now, we have the very Spirit of Jesus in us, teaching and raising us into maturity.
Like any good father, He has committed Himself to the process of raising good children, like Him in every way. This is the gospel which Paul preached to the church in Galatia, and it is the Gospel we receive afresh as we read his letter.
Discussion and Questions
Before getting too far into the discussion and learning today, watch this video from the Bible Project. It is an incredible overview of the book of Galatians and may aid in the conversation around the scriptures.
- What has been new for you, or fresh, during this time of reading Galatians?
- What has been challenging in the scripture?
DBS and Additional Questions
- What do we learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
- What do we learn about people?
- How has your continued understanding of the Gospel helped strengthen your confidence as a child of God?
- What are some of the ways the Lord grows His children? What are some of the practices that have helped to: 1) strengthen you in your identity in Christ, and 2) Mature you as a child of God?
- Have there been different seasons of life where some things have shaped you more than others? (prayer, the scriptures, relationships, etc)
Prayer and Application
- Listening Prayer: Pause and ask the Spirit for one area of our life to be strengthened in the Lord. What practice of maturing does the Lord want to bring new life this week? (prayer, scriptures, relationships, rest, etc)
- Prayer for each other: Take some time to prayerfully respond to what each other has shared, praying for Spirit’s help in areas of growth.
- Prayer as a family: Lord, how do we live wisely and well from these scriptures today? Holy Spirit, how can these words become flesh, a living theology, in my daily life? Help me Lord to love, learn, and live the good news of Jesus today. Amen. (Psalm 90:12, the Message)
Communion (10 min)
- Read short passage - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
- Lead them in receiving the elements
- Consider singing or reciting the doxology together (acapella)
- Finish with the Lord’s prayer