Following Jesus Together
September 6: John 1:35-43 DBS
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 of the Lord - 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.
Psalm 2 for Lectio Divina
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.
Navah will be partnering with Contagious Life Church Sunday, September 13th for an event to bless the community. The goal is to serve 100 families with food, school supplies, and personal hygiene products. All are welcome for this outdoor event at Tower Park (75th and Holmes) starting at 10 AM with a worship service! We will then serve alongside Contagious Life from 11 AM -1 PM.
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
DBS and Commentary
We can only imagine what that first day of being with Jesus was like for the disciples of John. We have no record of what Jesus and those two talked about that day, but we can suspect that whatever it was, it confirmed what they had been hearing from John: that Jesus is the Lamb of God, the long-promised Messiah that would bring healing and freedom to the nation of Israel and the whole world. For these two disciples, it was not just a personal desire fulfilled, but the hopes of their entire nation being satisfied. Centuries of Israelites had been waiting with hope, met with disappointment, and then left waiting some more. John’s revelation and public declaration were that the wait was over and Jesus was now the one to follow.
After spending a day with Jesus, Andrew goes to find his brother saying that they had found the Messiah, translated as the Christ. Christ means “the anointed one.” Jesus, our Christ, was anointed to not only bring freedom from sin and death spiritually, but He also brings us into a way of life that surpasses all others (Isaiah 61:1-7, John 10:10). Those first disciples came to know that the invitation to “come and see” and to “follow Me” from this Man, Jesus the Christ, was to change their lives and ultimately the entire world.
Scripture and DBS questions - John 1:35-4
- What do we learn about God (Father? Jesus? Holy Spirit?)
- What do we learn about people?
RADAPH - “follow” (pronounced “raw-daph”) “When Jesus called the disciples to follow Him, He understood that the Hebrew word for ‘follow’ was ‘radaph,’ which doesn’t mean passively follow someone around, but to ‘pursue’ them. ‘Radaph’ means to chase down, and to be hot on the heels of someone. That’s what Jesus calls us to do - to be hot on His heel.” - 24-7 Prayer USA (@247prayer.usa)
Additional questions and prayer response
- When did you begin to follow Jesus; turning over your plans and preferences to become a disciple, choosing to center all your life around Him and His ways?
- Prayer: Invite each person to quietly listen to the Holy Spirit. Ask the Spirit to reveal an area of your life that does not seem “hot on the heels” of Jesus and His ways.
- Get in groups of two and share back what you heard. Then, commit to praying for your partner in this area during the week. Consider reaching out with a text or phone call to pray with and for one another.
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)