Devotions for October 12th to 18th
This devotional is designed to be a help as you watch the sermon from Sunday. We will examine portions of the text to further explore the passage for the week and build upon the lesson that was taught on Sunday. May this be an added tool as we all grow in discipleship. Peace be with us in this time of study. Please feel free to share the devotional with others who may not have the ability to get this in email form or not be able to read it. I pray that this continues to keep us together in fellowship and love in this season.
Prayer every morning this week:
Lord of love and grace help us learn the deeper meanings of serving you and each other. Plant in us the desire to have you first in our thoughts and hearts as we see the opportunities to extend mercy and forgiveness to our siblings in Christ. Grow in us the hope to live out each day with the joy of bringing compassion to our world as you continue your ministry of healing to the broken. Let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to you, Lord, our rock, and redeemer.
Scripture reading every day this week: Mark 10: 35-45
The Request of James and John
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 39 “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Questions for Monday, October 12th:
- As you pray, what is it that you are asking Jesus to do for you?
- Why do you ask Jesus to do anything for you?
- How has Jesus answered your prayers?
- How is prayer important I the life of WPC?
- What gives you hope in praying and having God respond to our prayers?
Questions for Tuesday, October 13th:
- How do you feel about James and John wanting to be at the honored seats next to Jesus?
- Have you ever wanted to be highly favored by Jesus? Why?
- What are the positives of striving to be first? What are the negatives?
- How does WPC put Christ first in the life of our church?
- What gives you hope, if instead of wanting Jesu to put you first, you put Christ first? What does that look like to but Christ first?
Questions for Wednesday, October 14th:
- What does it mean when Jesus talks about drinking for the cup and being baptized with the baptism he is baptized with?
- Have you drunk from the cup Jesus drinks from? Does it go further than Communion? Can it also mean suffering and death? Does it also mean forgiveness and life? When have you drank from these cups?
- What is important about your baptism? What does it mean to you? How do you remember your baptism? How do you feel when there is a baptism in our worship services?
- What gives you hope when you take Communion? What gives you hope as you remember your baptism?
Questions for Thursday, October 15th:
- What makes you angry?
- Have you ever been angry with the pastor? What made you angry? How did you resolve this anger?
- Have you ever been angry with another member of the church? What made you angry? How did you resolve this anger?
- How is conflict healthy in relationships? How is it harmful?
- How has the leadership at WPC embraced conflict and made it healthy?
- How does Jesus create hope while we are in conflict and anger? How have you experienced hope while finding resolution in conflict and anger?
Questions for Friday, October 16th:
- Is it true that when earthly leaders are given power that they begin to lord it over others? Have you experienced this? How can leaders avoid the seduction of lording power over others?
- Is it true that when leaders get great power that they can turn into a tyrant? Have you experienced this? How can leaders avoid being oppressive and harmful to others that they lead?
- How does Jesus lead? What does he do with great power? What can we learn from the leadership of Jesus?
- What do you think of leadership of WPC? How has it been good? How can it be better?
- What gives you hope when you see the example of Jesus as our leader…our shepherd…our Lord?
Questions for Saturday, October 17th:
- If we follow Jesus’s teaching, how do serve one another? Have you seen in church leadership, that the greater the responsibility one accepts the greater amount of serving others is required? How have you seen that?
- To put ourselves first, we must be a slave to all, what does that mean to you? Have you seen this in the life of the church?
- How have you served Christ? How have you served others? Have you experienced being a slave to all?
- How do we serve one another at WPC? How do we serve our communities? Are there other ways we can serve as a church in our community?
- What gives you hope in serving Christ? What gives you hope in serving others with Christ’s help?
Questions for Sunday, October 18th:
- Jesus says he did not come to be served, but to serve…is that true? What examples do you have of Jesu serving others?
- What does it mean to you when Jesus says he is giving his life as a ransom for many? Why did he not say for all?
- How are ways we at WPC celebrate Jesus and how he serves?
- How do we celebrate Jesus in our daily lives?
- What hope do you have that Jesu gave his Life as a ransom for you?
Questions to end each day with:
What gives you hope today?
What is your prayer today?
Amen. Peace and grace rest with us all!