Following Jesus Together
October 11: The Kingdom Before Politics, Pt. 2
(Matthew 5:1-12, Matthew 7:24-27)
Eat Together (30 min) Please practice current safety measures as we begin to gather 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.
We encourage you to use this instrumental song as a meditation to behold the character and nature of the Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Posture yourself in a comfortable position, take a couple of deep breaths, invite the Holy Spirit to bring you to a place of stillness and focus, and ask Him to reveal more of the Lord’s heart to you. As the Spirit leads our minds and hearts to specific aspects of His nature, our response of worship is offering our gratitude and affection to Him again - our honor, our repentance, our trust, our adoration, and our surrender.
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.
1. Encourage everyone to be praying for the nation, to research the various candidates at national, state, and local levels, to prayerfully ask the Lord whom to vote for, and of course to vote.
2. Reminder - Next week is an all family gathering at Swope Park, 10:30 AM. We encourage you to come, as we will be sharing important information moving into the fall!
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! See 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 shared
Video, Discussion, and Prayer
“The Kingdom Before Politics, Pt. 2" - Adam Cox
Lectio Divina (Praying the Beatitudes) - Matthew 5:1-12
In an uncertain season, both politically and culturally, we are surrounded with the opportunity to engage our heads, but may seldom allow ourselves time to surrender our hearts. Today, our response to the teaching is prayer, through Lectio Divina. During this time together, we want to receive the way of Jesus, learning from Him in the Beatitudes. These verses reveal how those belonging to the Kingdom of God respond to the world around them, no matter the season. It is completely counter-cultural and incredibly powerful, revealing the character of God through the heart posture and lifestyle of His people.
This morning, may we receive the Holy Spirit’s revelation and grace, taking the scripture to heart and letting it shape how we live before Him in the world around us.
READ and RECEIVE
Invite the Holy Spirit to come and guide you, and ask someone to read the passage aloud slowly. Listen carefully. Sit and ponder the words being read.
READ and REFLECT
Have someone else read the same passage of scripture in a different translation. Encourage an even deeper listening. Wait for a moment or two in silence. Is there one word or phrase that stands out to you? Focus on those words. Repeat them to yourself. Allow God to speak to you. After a minute or two, encourage people to speak just those highlighted words aloud.
READ and RESPOND
After someone else reads the passage again in another translation, respond to God as a group. Ask everyone to speak out in prayer what they sense God is saying. Tell Him how it makes you feel. Tell Him what comforts you and what challenges you. Ask for His help to live out the truths you’ve uncovered.
READ and REST (optional)
Have one more person read the passage a 4th and final time. Stop. Be still. Simply rest. Spend some time in silence sitting with God. Invite and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you from within.
You, as the leader, can close in prayer, or you can ask someone else to close. You can also end your time with a moment of group declaration by saying something like, “we receive your word in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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)
Lord’s Prayer Together (2 min)