Following Jesus Together
October 25: Love is Obedience, Obedience Motivated by Love (John 15:9-17)
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.
Please play this video during the announcements portion of your time together. It will take between 7-10 minutes total with the inclusion of the Faith Fund listening prayer.
- Prayer for the Nation - November 2-4, 7 AM - 7 PM at Contagious Life Church at 7546 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64131
- January LTS registration is open and available HERE
- During the 2019/2020 Faith Fund season, we were privileged to give over $75,000 to see the expansion and multiplication of missions and the most vulnerable amongst us cared for. Here is a chart to show the breakdown of the distribution of funds. Please prayerfully consider joining us in this new 2020/21 Faith Fund season by completing the online form HERE. For more information about how Faith Fund works, please visit this link. Thank you for extending your faith and being part of the Gospel expansion.
- 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.
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
Commentary, DBS, and Additional Questions - John 15:9-17
Jesus is our example. He is not only the image of the invisible God but the purest expression of God’s dream for humanity in both character and behavior. As Jesus is about to depart from the safety of friendship into the hands of the Father at the Cross, He gives his final thoughts. Doubtless, these may be the things that would stick with the disciples long after His death and resurrection. In John’s Gospel, it is recorded, “As the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in my love” (vs 9). What a revelation?! It would seem that what motivated Jesus’ life with His friends was love. Now, this love is agape, seeking the best for another in every way. It’s as if Jesus is saying, “My Father has always given His best for Me and I have given my best right back. And this love I have given to you; be anchored in it. Live in it.” It is actually from the certainty of the Father’s love sown deep in our hearts that, just like Jesus, we are compelled to obey anything that the Lord would ask of us. We do not read here that it was a duty that motivated Jesus to lay down His life for His friends, but love. Yet in the text, we begin to see that love inspires obedience to any command, no matter what the outcome. Love inspires and sustains obedience.
Jesus gives us three things that happen as we respond to Him in and from love. He says our joy may be full, anchored in His presence where the fullness of joy is (Psalm 16:11). He says His joy will remain in us, fully pleased with us, as the Father has always been pleased in the Son. Finally, He says the fruit of our lives will be lasting. The character and behavior of Jesus will be continually formed in us more and more as we obey Him out of pure love for Him. After all of this, Jesus leaves us with a pure command, worthy of all obedience: love one another.
Imagination question (3 - 5 minutes)
- How does love actually motivate our obedience?
DBS and Additional Questions
- What do we learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
- What do we learn about people?
- What are some ways in which we “abide” in the Lord, which is to stay connected and not depart from Him? What are some practical ways God has given us to stay connected to His Presence? (prayer, scriptures, fellowship, communion)
- Pause and Pray - Lord, is there something right now that You have been asking of me in which I have not obeyed? Jesus, where have I stopped following Your example of love shown by my obedience to Your word and the scriptures?
Prayerful Close and Consideration
- Father, thank You for Your love. Thank You, Jesus, for showing us the way of life; how to joyfully obey the Father in all we do and say. Holy Spirit, will You animate our obedience this week and root us deeply in Your love, that through our witness, the world may know You. 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)