Following Jesus: Common Rule
March 21, 2021 - Receiving the Promise by Faith (Romans 4:13-25)
Eat Together (30 min) Please practice current safety measures if gathering in-person, seeking to enjoy the devotion of sharing a meal. Consider how to safely eat together (try to have each family bring food for their household, etc.).
Worship & Prayer (20 min) “Worship is the acknowledgment of, agreement with, and yielding to lordship, wholeheartedly offering attention and affection to ascribe worth.” Choose any combination of the following engagements to fill your shared time of worship:
- Follow this LINK for this week’s Worship Resource that also has practical instructions on how to worship together on Zoom.
- YouTube Playlist (This playlist includes one song for communal singing and one instrumental song for contemplation/meditation).
Scripture & Prayer Latin for “divine reading,” Lectio Divina is a form of meditation on the word of God that trains us to listen to His voice, allowing His word to become one with us.
Call & Response Liturgy
- Follow this LINK to pray through a “call and response” liturgy crafted around the Lord’s Prayer.
Love One Another (“Chesed”)
- “Chesed” is Hebrew for “loyal loving-kindness between God and His people, and amongst God’s people for one another; the joy and gladness of being together.”
- With your spouse, significant other, or someone of the same sex, look into each other’s eyes for 30 seconds and ask the Holy Spirit to awaken gratitude and love in response to the image of God in them. After 30 seconds, say to one another, “You are God’s idea, and I worship Him all the more because of you.” Offer your gratitude and affection for the beauty of God in that person as an act of worship to Jesus.
Gospel & Gift Hands
- Worship by rehearsing the Gospel and the Gift that we receive in Jesus by following these instructions.
- We are going to pause for 2 minutes 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. Give Online.
Life Transformation School (LTS) is an opportunity to spend two weeks with a focus on God, and is foundational to our lives, and to being part of Navah Church. Those who have been part of this experience testify to significant life transformation. We recommend it highly and encourage your participation. The next LTS runs from April 26 to May 8 at El Torreon in Midtown. More details and application forms are on the Navah Church website under Resources.
Navah has been in exciting new rhythms of scripture reading and prayer together. These are the initial steps of a common practice, receiving the richness of formation in the Word of God and time with him. The reading plan and weekly Prayer Resource is underway! Print off a paper copy of the Navah website and join in:
Kids (time varies)
- Consider how you integrate these kids’ resources from Navah Kids. Each home church will do this differently depending on the number and age of the children participating. Remember to include your kids as much as possible and have fun! You can access the resource HERE.
Care (20 min)
- Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
- Invite each person to share a brief Hi/Lo (gratitude and prayer need)
- Consider having the next person who shares pray a short blessing over the previous person who has shared.
Commentary and DBS Questions - Romans 4:13-25
Oh, what grace is given to all who put their trust in the Lord, and whose faith grows in light of the revelation of God’s goodness and His power, and in receiving His incredible love for us through Jesus Christ!
The church in Rome, during the time of Paul’s letter, was deeply divided. From different practices and customs, down to the simple fact of being apart for so long, the Gentiles and Jews struggled to find a common ground. So Paul draws their attention away from a common ground and anchors them back to a common faith. Paul teaches the believers in Rome that it is by the grace of God, the righteous judge, who receives and cleanses those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus. It is not through strict keeping of the law that justifies (makes us new and clean with the Lord) but by putting our trust in the finished work of Jesus. Paul tells the church that this is God’s way: working through men and women of faith; those who refused to put their hope in circumstances or their own ability to be good, but instead trusting in the sure promises of God.
While Abraham was to be the father of many nations, ultimately, he was a father of faith, “being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” Abraham demonstrates for us the delight of living confident in God’s character, and His intentions toward us, for us, and through us. And like Abraham, it is by our faith in the Lord Jesus that the Father brings us in to right relationship with Him (our righteousness before Him).
In this season of life, where do we find our hope? What has our attention, therefore, receives our trust? Is it our ability to cross every T and dot every I that keeps us in right relationship with God and others? Or is it our full confidence that all we need is found in Him, as we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the fulfillment of all of God’s promises.
In other words, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory God through us” (2 Corinthians 2:20)
Application and Additional questions
- Video - The Book of Romans: 1-4
- Before getting too far into the discussion and learning today, watch this video from the Bible Project. It is an incredible overview of the book of Romans, and may aid in the conversation around the scriptures!
- What has been new for you, or fresh, during this time of reading Romans?
- What has been challenging in this portion of scripture?
DBS and Additional Questions
- What do we learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
- What do we learn about people?
- From the text, is there a sin to repent of, a promise to hold onto, an example to follow, or a command to obey?
Prayer and Application
- Lord, how do we live wisely and well from these scriptures today? Holy Spirit, how can these words become flesh, a living theology, in my daily life? Help me Lord to love, learn, and live the good news of Jesus today. Amen. (Psalm 90:12, the Message)
Communion (10 min)
- Ask each person/household to prepare elements ahead of time - give them a few days heads up if possible
- Read short passage - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
- Lead them in receiving the elements
- Consider singing or reciting the doxology together (acapella)
- Finish with the Lord’s prayer