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Week Four of Engage the Word


Remember together!
Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea: Entire Sanctification – We believe that after salvation, God desires each individual to be fully submitted in thoughts, attitudes, decisions, emotions, and lifestyle to the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Memory Verse for the week:  “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 NLT

Read Together!
Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Monday: Matthew 14:22-36 (Lord, Save me)

Tuesday: Mark 5:1-20 (What is your name)

Wednesday: Luke 10:25-37 (What must I do?)

Thursday: Luke 22:1-47 (Who is greater?)

Friday: John 18:1-40 (What is truth?)

Saturday: Acts 3:1-4:37 (By what name did you do this?)

Sunday: Acts 8:26-40 (May I be baptized?)

Talk together!
Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

Who are the characters and what happened?

Have you ever heard this story before?

What do you think God wants us to learn from this story?

Does this story or our discussion change they way you think or what you knew about the Bible?

 

Pray together!
Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

What can you praise God for each day? Are you waiting to see God’s work in your life somewhere or in someone else’s life?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“Jesus, I pray that __________ will allow You to show him/her how to live a holy, transformed life.” (Romans 12:1-2)


Week Three, Engage the Word


I hope your journey through Engage the Word is going well. I know it can be very busy and it’s easy for reading scripture to get pushed out of your day. But one of the things I continue to realize is that listening to God through scripture is one of the key things that keeps me focused through the busyness of life.

Here are the passages for this week and below are a few questions for you to think about as you read this week:

Monday: 1 Kings 2:1-3:28 (Give your servant an understanding mind)
Tuesday: Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)
Wednesday: Psalm 51:1-19 (Have mercy on me)
Thursday: Proverbs 1:1-4:27 (Trust in the Lord)
Friday: Proverbs 16:1-18:24 (Commit your work to the Lord)
Saturday: Malachi 1:1-4:6 (I am sending my messenger)
Sunday: Matthew 13:1-58 (The Kingdom of heaven)

What stands out to you as the “big idea” from this passage?
What do you think God wants us to learn from this passage?
Does this story or your discussion change they way you think, or what you knew, about the Bible?
What is Jesus teaching you from the Engage the Word passages?


Day 27 of 46


We are just over half way in the journey to Easter. It feels to me that Easter Sunday is approaching very quickly. I was thinking this morning about how quickly it really will be here and how I want to be ready to experience as full and exciting as a celebration as possible when Easter does finally arrive. Today’s passage is helping me in preparing.

I think to fully experience the joy and the excitement of Easter, I must first sense the gravity of my sin and the greatness of God’s grace. This is what Paul is after in Ephesians 2:1-10. I would encourage you not to just read through the passage, but to linger in it… allow it to focus your heart on who we are, who God is, and who God desires us to be.

Ephesians 2:1-10

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 


Sin and Death


We are entering the fourth week of Lent. Again, it is a journey towards Holy Week when we were remember the death of Jesus and celebrate His resurrection. It is a time for us to prepare for that week; to really reflect and consider our condition so that we can truly celebrate what Christ has done for us. Here is what I read today to help me reflect:

For some Christ-followers, sin and death weave so familiar a narrative that we’ve become numb to their sting. For others of us, the wages of sin and our subsequent spiritual death weigh so heavily that we refuse to accept God’s gracious mercy.
The balance in which God calls us to rest is our certainly dissatisfied with both extremes. As we begin to understand our current spiritual story through the eyes of Christian history, we grieve as we own the sins of humanity yet rejoice with the saints in the climax of our shared salvation story.(Holy Bible: Mosaic)

I don’t ever want to take lightly the story of salvation!

Today’s scripture passage is from Luke 15:1-32. As you read, consider these things… What parable do you identify with? How do you see the interplay between our sin and God’s salvation? What stands out to you? What does it mean for you today as you reflect on sin, death, and God’s salvation?


True Worship


Today is day 20 of 46 in the Lent journey! How is your journey? What are you learning through this time? I hope this season has been meaningful to this point!

Today’s reading is from John 4:5-42. As you read, I would encourage you to use a few of these questions to help you reflect…

  • What stands out to you the most?
  • What do you notice about Jesus?
  • What do you think about the interaction between him and the woman?
  • What do you think Jesus’ statements about worship? Or about his words in verses 34-38?
  • What do you think Jesus wants you to learn from this passage today?

First Reaction


Today I read from Exodus 17:1-7. Briefly, here is what is happening at this point of the story in scripture. The people of Israel were slaves in Egypt. God leads Moses to advocate for their freedom and after a series of radical events, they are finally set free. As a matter of fact, when they are finally allowed to leave Egypt, the Egyptians gave them gifts for leaving! After 430 years of slavery, the people are free… and all because of God’s mighty work.

God has promised to lead them into a great land but God is also keep them safe along the way. So at this point of the story, they are traveling through the desert following God’s lead. God has provided them with food everyday and they continued to move towards the promised land.

That brings us to today’s passage. The people are thirsty… they are, after all, in the desert. Water is scarce. But what stood out to me was their first reaction. The first thing they did. Do you see what it is? It was not to call out to God. It was not to remind one another of all the things God had been doing to take care of them. They did not go to God. They went to Moses and complained. They apparently didn’t even bother taking their concern to God.

I thought that was rather ridiculous. I mean really, God has been doing amazing things for these people for days now! How could they not trust that God would take care of their needs? But then I had to stop and think…

How often is God doing good things for me, and I still don’t get it? Do I see the good works of God in my life and still ignore Him when something happens? What is my first reaction? Is it to run to the One who can provide? Or is it to complain? Do I remember the holiness and mightiness of God first when life happens?

What about you? What are your thoughts when you read this passage?


Holy


Psalm 93:1-5

Have you thought about the greatness of God lately? Just reflected on His holiness?… What evidence in your life can you see of God’s majesty? Of His greatness? Are you overwhelmed by His holiness?