The Kingdom of God
July 3, 2022 - He has been Good to us
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. Resurrection
- Next All Navah Gathering: Sunday, July 10th, 10am (note we will begin meeting in the mornings when gathering at El Torreon).
- Life Transformation School: August 15-27; sign-up HERE.
- Reframing the Prophetic (sign-up link coming soon!)
Kids (time varies) - note, the resources are in a new visual format.
Scripture Reflection - James 1:17-18
In a culture of access (meaning we really have access to anything at anytime anywhere…Amazon, anyone?) it is possible for things to become, well, just “things”. Food, clothes, movies, books, etc. are shot to us from every direction at the click of a button. There is really nothing we lack, or at the very least, have access to we cannot simply provide for ourselves. Items that used to be considered treasures now have the potential to become just “stuff” that we acquire and quickly may find their way to the donation pile. We have a lot; much to be grateful for, but a lot nonetheless.
In this “click it and it comes” culture, it is also possible to forget how much of our life is gift. With access and ease to so many needs and wants, each and every person has the potential to believe that what first came as gift, or blessing, or treasure, can easily be mistaken for rights, entitlement, ownership.
James 1:17-18 says every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father. The scriptures, as a whole, continue to draw our attention to a good and generous God who is eager to supply all that we need and hope for! Have I come to expect more and more from God without acknowledging all He has done already? Do I feel entitled to what God has given freely as gift? Is there any part of the Father’s generosity that I have mistaken for my rights?
Lord, You love us and have graciously provided for all we could ask for or imagine. Will You examine our hearts and reveal any place where gratitude is not found? Forgive us, Lord, and set our hearts on fire with thankfulness in light of every good and perfect gift You have given.
- Consider taking time to go around the room, sharing and celebrating where God has been loving and generous to you! Practice gratitude as a home church. Let’s celebrate the goodness of God!
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)
- If it helps, here is the bible project video on the book of Hebrews: Overview of James
- 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!
Quarterly Focus: Mission
We are longing to discover ways to join Jesus in His mission to love and serve those around us. Below is a document that will help us as a home church discover and do the good works of God wherever He may send us. This will likely be the bulk of your time this morning. As much planning as you can do together the better.
- Mission Resource
- 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.