The Kingdom of God

June 26, 2022 - The Cost of the Gift Revealed

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 

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Announcements

Watch this announcement video in your home church!

 

Kids (time varies) - note, the resources are in a new visual format.

 

Scripture Reflection - Hebrews 9:11-15

We have a cultural norm amongst us when it comes to giving gifts. No matter what the gift, whether extravagant or less than extravagant, each person knows it is not “polite” to ask how much it cost. Have you ever been in a situation when you’ve given a gift and right before the receiver opens it, there is that moment of panic saying “did I take the price tag off?” Why?! For most, somewhere along the story line of our lives, we were taught that it was not the cost of the gift, but the thought that counts. It is safe to say, in our culture, we attribute the worth of something - whether time, gifts, relationships, etc - to the cost that was paid to acquire it. Many times, we subconsciously or consciously believe the cost of the gift communicates the value of the one receiving the gift. And perhaps, this could be considered mostly true.

However, God and His Kingdom do not operate the same as the cultural kingdoms we establish for ourselves. While to us, it seems rude to ask what the gift cost, the Scriptures have no problem declaring over and over again just what it cost for the Father to redeem His own creation; His own children through the death of His Son.

Hebrews 9:11-15 unfolds the process by which Jesus made payment; giving up His own life, every last ounce of His blood, that He might take back and present to the Father all things that were His from the beginning. By comparing the work on the Cross to the ministry of atonement seen throughout the Jewish temple worship, ministered by the priest, we now see Jesus as our High Priest ministering and offering once and for all, a sacrifice worthy of God, and of infinite value and worth for us. 

 

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 Hebrews
  • 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!

 

Activity: When was the last time you considered the “cost of the gift” Jesus’ blood shed for you?

  • Communion - Read the passage in Hebrews
  • During this week's gathering, let us set the gift of communion at the heart of our meeting. Take your time, as a community, rehearsing the wonder and sobriety of the Cross.
  • Consider responding with a song of high praise or celebration. Communion is a time when we rejoice in what Jesus has done; we rehearse the way God demonstrated His extravagant love for us!
  • Remember: Each time we receive communion, we are rehearsing the story of God’s eternal love for us!
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