Following Jesus: Common Rule
March 14, 2021 - Paul Recounts His Conversion (Acts 26:12-23)
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.”
Music Follow this LINK for this week’s Worship Resource that also has practical instructions on how to worship together on Zoom.
YouTube Playlist This playlist includes one song for communal singing and one instrumental song for contemplation/meditation.
Scripture & Prayer Latin for “divine reading,” Lectio Divina is a form of meditation on the word of God that trains us to listen to His voice, allowing His word to become one with us.
Call & Response Liturgy Follow this LINK to pray through a “call and response” liturgy crafted around the Lord’s Prayer.
Love One Another (“Chesed”)
“Chesed” is Hebrew for “loyal loving-kindness between God and His people, and amongst God’s people for one another; the joy and gladness of being together.”
With your spouse, significant other, or someone of the same sex, look into each other’s eyes for 30 seconds and ask the Holy Spirit to awaken gratitude and love in response to the image of God in them. After 30 seconds, say to one another, “You are God’s idea, and I worship Him all the more because of you.” Offer your gratitude and affection for the beauty of God in that person as an act of worship to Jesus.
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 Navah has been in 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:
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 - Acts 26:12-23 “Paul tells his story”
“We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20) Like the very disciples Saul of Tarsus sought out, imprisoned, and put to death, the now transformed Paul stands before the powers of his day to bear witness to the Resurrected Lord Jesus, and share all that had happened in and through his own life.
There are many times in the book of Acts where Paul begins with Israel’s story, making the connection to God’s redemptive work through Jesus. However, as he stands before King Agrippa, Paul shares his own personal encounter with Jesus. Paul recounts that this moment altered the course of his life and ministry. The man of persecution became the man of proclamation, both to the Jews and the Gentiles. In this conversation story, Paul experiences first the kindness and mercy of Jesus himself, that he may share freely the kindness and mercy of God to all people.
In what can seem the most daunting, or perhaps like for Paul, the most dangerous moments of our lives; when who we are and what we have done has been called into question before others, perhaps our most powerful message is our very own story of meeting Jesus. Each human, whether they know it or not, has some semblance of a Jesus story. Either one of radical rescue come to pass, or one of hot pursuit of us from Him. We all have stories with God that are continually being written, and each story is worth telling.
Holy Spirit, will you help us in rehearsing our own story with You? Jesus, will You give us not only a language, but a love for our own story with You? And may You lead us boldly as we share our story with anyone desperate to hear good news.
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 and Additional questions
Where have we seen God use our own story to meet other people? Is there a time when sharing your story with Jesus helped someone else
How often do you reflect on your own redemptive story with Jesus?
Do you feel comfortable sharing your story? Why or why not?
Prayer and Application
Take some time at the end and pray. Ask the Lord if there is one person He is leading you to share your own Jesus story with?
Have you shared your personal Gospel story with those in your home church? Is there a time and space to do this?
Prayer: Abba, You are the best storyteller. I love that you have given me a unique story with You and Your love. Teach me to both treasure and tell our story in any way you see fit. I love you. Amen.
Video - The Book of Acts 21-28
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)
Finish with the Lord’s prayer