Following Jesus: Common Rule

Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021: Colossians 1:15-29

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:

Give (2 min) We are going to 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. Give Online.

Announcements

  • June 13th All Church Gathering, 4pm at El Torreon
  • Stay connected to the Navah Common Rule:
  1. Navah 2021 Bible Reading Plan
  2. Navah Family Common Rule Prayer Guide - May 2021

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 - Colossians 1:15-29

It is Pentecost Sunday! In Acts 2, the Apostle Peter gives his bold proclamation in response to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. He says this is the fulfillment of God’s word spoken through the prophet Joel; all people, men and women, receiving the gift of God’s spirit. This, he says, is because Jesus, that the Jews had killed, was the long awaited Messiah. Not just His messenger but the exact image of His person, the long awaited Immanuel.

Colossians 1 could almost be considered Paul’s pentecost sermon. Just as Peter shouts, filled with the Spirit, to the crowd in Jerusalem that this Jesus is both Lord and Christ, the Pinnacle of Hope, so Paul proclaims the preeminence of Jesus, the supremacy of His splendor and the completeness of His work on the cross. In the light of this, God’s work of reconciliation with us, by the blood of Jesus, worked out by the Holy Spirit in us, brings about the new creation, all to the glory of God.

As it pleased the Father to put all His goodness in the Son by the Holy Spirit, it pleases Him still that we should be filled ourselves with Him. It is the very presence of God in us that is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). 

Pentecost is the moment that the Father has been waiting for; having made a pleasing dwelling place amongst His creation - our very selves! He has poured out His Spirit on all flesh, and those ready and willing to receive will continue to be a welcomed home for Him. And being a welcomed home, we have been made ministers of Jesus Christ, the hope for all humanity, proclaiming Him in every aspect of our lives! 

Discussion and Additional questions

The book of Colossians The book of Philemon Video

  • Before getting too far into the discussion and learning today, watch this video from the Bible Project. It is an incredible overview both the books of Colossians and Philemon, and may aid in the conversation around the scriptures!
  • What has been new for you, or fresh, during this time of reading Colossians and Philemon?
  • 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?

    Prayer and Application
  • Prayer for one another: Pray for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit. Lay hands on one another, and in faith, receive the promise of the Father! (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8)
  • Prayer as a family: 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) 

  • 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
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