The Kingdom of God

September 25, 2022 - The depth of His love, the breadth of His work

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. 


Kids (time varies)

Scripture Reflection - 2 Corinthians 4

Have you ever had or been around a teething baby? For those that have, you know that the experience is…dynamic. As in, so much seems to be happening and at times it can be overwhelming. I know from experience, my perspective can be small, but it's nothing compared to the perspective of the little one. To them, I would imagine it just hurts. As an adult, I can see that something is happening inside of them (growing teeth) and it's impacting their outer world in so many ways (fever, pain, crying, sleeplessness, maybe the occasional outburst from mom and dad). If they were able to rationalize the process in their minds, they might come to terms with the momentary pain bringing about teeth, bringing an end to the pain. But would they know even more is happening? Perhaps, they would grow to understand that they are not just growing teeth for a moment, but for a lifetime.  With this gift of teeth, they won’t just get to eat one meal, but many. The process of growing teeth was not only to grow teeth, but to eat and enjoy the next season of being a human being. When I think about it this way, as an adult, I see that something is happening internally that impacts the external world that has long term effect and impact. Growing teeth matters more than the baby realizes.

I wonder if this was what the Apostle Paul may have had in mind when he wrote His second letter to the church in Corinth. I don’t mean he wrote to them about the woes of infant teething, but about a process that is doing far more than we could even imagine. Perhaps, he was helping them, as any good father or mother would do, to understand that what may be happening to them isn’t all that is happening to them - ultimately. If we could put our own language to it, it could seem Paul was giving the Corinthian church a perspective they might need in order to not lose heart. If we think growing teeth is hard, can we all agree that becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus has some “dynamic” to it? If we look at chapter 4 of 2 Corinthians, we might see Paul give a vision to three dynamics of the Christian life: the internal, external and eternal. 

 

As you look through the chapter today, where do we see these in the Scriptures? How is Paul relating the inner work of the Gospel to our lived experience in this world? Does He have something to say about this relationship and its impact on eternal things? Do we often consider our lives in light of eternity or do we find it difficult, yet understandable, to see beyond our present circumstance?

How is the Lord speaking to you, as a community of Kingdom people? Where might the Lord be directing you as a home church in your formation into Christlikeness.

Enjoy His presence as He meets with you all this week. Grace and Peace in the Lord. Amen.


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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