Following Jesus: Common Rule
March 28, 2021 - Identity - We are children of God (Romans 8:12-18, 31-39)
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.
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.
- Easter Gathering is April 4th, 10am at Swope Park Memorial Bandstand.
- Spring Retreat all-day, Saturday, April 17 at Prairie Star Ranch, 10am-7pm, registration form will be sent via a link to the Navah family.
- Navah Podcast available on podcast platforms (iTunes, Spotify, etc.)
- Stay connected to the Navah Common Rule:
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 8:12-18, 31-39
The Apostle Paul spends the first 7 chapters of Romans laying the foundations of forgiveness and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He thoroughly explains God’s intentions for us, humankind’s persistent refusal of God’s ways and the need for a solution and man’s attempt to be his own solution through the keeping of the law. Paul reveals that only by faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, who is Heaven’s rescue plan from the work of sin and death, we are brought into right relationship with God; made clean before Him. In Romans 8, the Apostle begins to give greater dimension to the nature of this right relationship and how we live with God inside of us, through the Holy Spirit!
By God’s love and design, the Spirit brings us from death to life, and into a family; covenant life with the Father! The Father proclaims the same word over us that He gave to Jesus, saying “you are my beloved child”, and our new spirit agrees with the Holy Spirit, crying “Abba, Father!” The new life within us responds to its origin; we recognize the gift of God as our Daddy, and by leaning into the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are now able to experience all that is in His heart for us and through us. What confidence and courage to face this life, knowing and being known by the Father.
Often, courage is the very thing needed - because Paul tells us this family is not exempt from the pains and process of this life. Trouble would come, Jesus said (John 16:33). Paul writes that we share not only in Jesus’s glorious victory, but journey with Him in suffering, as well. We can rejoice knowing that the Lord is not only waiting at the finish line, motivating our commitment to Him. He, Himself, is in the suffering with us. As we share in His, He shares in ours. This is the everlasting and ever-present love of God!
Whether success or stumble, nothing can separate us from His love. And this love is more than a distant encouragement to carry on. It is His very Presence with us, from until the end.
Application and Additional questions
- Video - The Book of Romans: 5 - 16
- 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?
- How can our identity as children of God actually help us in times of struggle and suffering?
- What might Paul mean when he says we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us”? (vs 37) How does this translate to our current culture and daily lives
- What might it mean for us to be “heirs” with Christ? (vs. 17)?
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