The Kingdom of God

August 28, 2022 - Remember where we came from

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. 

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Scripture Reflection - Titus 3:3-7

“Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got. I’m still, I’m still Jenny from the block. Used to have a little, now I have a lot. No matter where I go, I know where I came from…” (Jennifer Lopez from the “This is me…then” album release in 2002 on Epic records). 

From hit songs to most every biography of famous men and women to the origin stories of great superheroes, there seems to be a thread or theme of reflection that happens; a moment where they look at who they are, where they are and how they got there. In most of these great stories, we are enthralled by tales of those that rise from low and humble beginnings. We celebrate those who were born into gutters, only to scale the heights of success, pulling themselves up by the bootstraps, aided by minor characters and guides along the way, on the road to glory. Truth be told, most every human being loves an underdog.

Should we find it any wonder, or rather are we surprised then, when the Scripture writers take time out to remind the new testament church that they, also, had an origin story? The apostle Paul, in multiple letters, takes time to remind the church that there was a time that they were lost; no different from the brokenness and delusion of the culture around them. Paul does not write to remind them for their shame, but to remind them of the love and mercy of God that was poured out on them. To Titus he writes, encouraging the young leader to encourage the church - to remember their roots, and to rehearse the story of the grace of God poured out on them by the Holy Spirit! 

How do we tell our own stories? In your own “album”, would you sing about the streets you came from? In your glory story, would anyone hear of who you were long before you became who you are? How comfortable are we to share what exactly Jesus redeemed us from; the places where He made us whole? 

We ask these questions not to celebrate a season of sin, but to remember there is no limit to the depths God has not gone to rescue us. He has pulled out from the life that was killing us, from the culture that was misleading us, and the story that was dooming us. And if He did it for us, who would He not do it for? What love, what mercy, a Savior!



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.

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