The Kingdom of God
August 21, 2022 - On the Team
Worship & Prayer - “Worship is the acknowledgment of, agreement with, and yielding to lordship, wholeheartedly offering attention and affection to ascribe worth.”
- Refer to the Navah Songs of the Season 2022. These lyrics reflect the season we’re in as a body. Any one of them can springboard you into worship and response. YouTube videos and chord charts included.
- Ask someone from your Home Church to facilitate worship in a creative way. It could look like facilitating a time of gratitude, inviting people to testify of ways God met them last week, reading a scripture and/or playing a song.
Give - Pause 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.
- Reframing the Prophetic beginning Aug 31st; learn more and sign-up HERE.
- Next All Navah Gathering: Sunday, September 11, 10AM.
Scripture Reflection - 2 Peter 1:3-4
As a boy, I played two years of soccer. I was very small, age seven, and not very good at all. Soccer was not even on my radar as something to do, but my neighbor friend invited me to play on his team last minute. And by last minute, I mean the day before the game because they needed an extra player. It was a recreational league, not a pick up game, so I needed all the gear necessary. Thankfully, his dad was the coach, and they were able to let me borrow some shin guards and a team jersey. Basically, I showed up, put on the official gear for the team, and got in the game. The funny thing is no one that didn’t know I wasn’t on the team regularly wouldn’t have know I wasn’t on the team. From the time I put on the jersey and went to play, I was a part of the team. This means their coach was now my coach, their team was my team. I was a blue shirted soccer player.
The apostle Peter had a similar experience (though a much grander one), and would write to the churches he ministered at, to encourage them that they, too, had the same testimony - they were brought on the team and get to play.
In chapter one verse three, Peter tells the church that because of God’s power, by His own glory and goodness, we have all that we need to live with Him and like Him in this world. By His own kindness, God gives us access to every promise He has made. And if that wasn’t enough, Peter tells us that the work of God brings us into participate with His very nature; we do with Him, like Him! Now we know that it is by the Spirit of God in us that we get to experience who He is and what He is like.
Just like the jersey, shin guards, and invitation to come play gave me access to the coach, team and the game, so the Holy Spirit gives us access to the life of the Lord and His ways; we now are able to live free from the ways of sin and death and join Him in dynamic life now!
What has He given me that reflects His glory and goodness? Where do I see God’s divine nature reflected in me and the lives of those around me? Where is God calling me deeper to relationship with Him? Where has He empowered me to join Him in His redemptive work?
Reading and Reflection
Before reading, invite the Holy Spirit to guide the community into all truth, as Jesus promised the Spirit would do (John 16:13)
- Read the passage one time, then pause for 30 seconds, letting the Spirit sow the word into our being.
- Read the passage again.
- After reading, enter a time of prayer and waiting, asking the Lord to begin to highlight to each person a phrase, idea, or anything else the Lord might be saying to them in this time from the text! Make plenty of room for creative sharing back: if someone has a picture, a song, or a prayer, let that come out during this time!
- Finish the time with listening to the Spirit, and then praying the Lord’s Prayer.
Communion - Read a short passage (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) - lead them in receiving the elements.