Following Jesus: Common Rule
February 28, 2021 - Paul and Silas in Jail (Acts 16:16-34)
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.”
Follow this LINK for this week’s Music Resource that has chord charts and practical instructions for how to worship together via Zoom.
- 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.
Give 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.
- Regional Gatherings March 7th. Share your regions details and make the announcement about South KC and Midtown Special Gathering
More information here: Regional Gatherings March 7
-Easter Gathering - April 4th - Swope Park Band Stand 10 AM.
-Bible Reading and New March Prayer Resource
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.
Commentary and DBS Questions - Acts 16:16-34
To encounter a room full of worshippers, giving praise and thanks to God for all He has done, is truly a glorious experience. The atmosphere is electric when the body of Christ comes together in celebration. Sight, sounds, and feelings are turned up and the whole place seems to come alive in the Presence of God.
But what does it mean to worship when everything in our life feels crushed and we can not see the goodness of God? Is worship relegated to an excited ‘thank you’ when everything is going well in our lives?
If so, what would prompt such a response from these two men in the prison at Philippi? Paul and Silas were beaten and shamed; accused of bringing misfortune to the city, and labeled disturbers of the peace. They were treated unfairly and felt stuck, and somehow, in the midst of a hopeless situation, in a dark and dirty cell, these lovers of Jesus, these simple servants of the King, were moved to worship. They offered their best, to Jesus, in the midst of their worst.
How do we offer our hearts to the Lord in the midst of complete and utter devastation? When everything we know is turned upside down, how do we offer our battered beings back to God, with our full attention and affection? How does anyone offer a song of love and gratitude when the circumstances of their lives leave us feeling, at best forgotten; and at worst, violated?
We can not work it out, how we wait and ultimately worship before the Lord, without actually being in these moments of grief. But through the scriptures and the testimonies of our own lives and those around us, we see that somehow, it is possible to offer all we have, even the scraps of our love and trust, back to the Lord.
Worship is not limited to songs and prayers on the heals of our best days. Worship is giving all that we are, all our attention and affection, to Him who is worthy to receive glory. Not because the environment around us creates it, or our circumstances make sense of it, or our hearts feel it. We give praise to our God for He is good, and His mercy endures to all generations (Psalm 100:5).
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?
Application and Additional questions
- Testimony: Is there a story to share about a time you were drawn deeper into intimacy with the Lord amidst devastating circumstances?
- Heart Check-in: Take time to hear back from those in the home church how they are doing. Is anyone struggling with pain, grief or disappointment? *There is no need to rush this time. Invite the Holy Spirit to help shepherd His people.
- Consider leaving space at the end to go back into worship (praying the Psalm or singing a song together).
Video - The Book of Acts: Ch. 13-28
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)