Devotions for October 19th to 25th
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:
Let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to you, Lord, our rock, and redeemer. Amen
Scripture reading every day this week: 2 Corinthians 5: 11-21
The Ministry of Reconciliation
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Questions for Monday, October 19th:
- What are things you would boast about?
- What does it mean to boast in outward appearance?
- What does it mean to boast in the heart?
- How would you boast about Paul’s letters?
- Do you know anyone who is like Paul that is your life?
- How do you boast about God?
- How do we at WPC boast about God?
Questions for Tuesday, October 20th:
- What does the love of Christ mean for you?
- What proof do you have that Christ loves you?
- What proof do you have that Christ loves all people?
- How has the love of Christ changed you?
- What ways do you share the love of Christ with others?
- How do we at WPC share the love of Christ to each other and to others around us?
Questions for Wednesday, October 21st:
- Why is it important that Christ was human?
- Does it matter to you that Christ was human?
- What limits your understanding if we only look at Jesus as a human?
- Does it matter if Jesus was only seen as a prophet of God?
- What changes if we know Jesus not only as fully human, but also as fully God?
- How do we at WPC talk about Jesus and his ministry as fully God and fully human?
Questions for Thursday, October 22nd:
- What does it mean when Paul writes about anyone who is in Christ is a new creation?
- Do you think it is important to see yourself as a new creation made through Jesus Christ? If so, why? If not, why?
- How do you treat yourself if you know yourself as a new creation?
- How do you treat others if you see them as a new creation?
- What are ways you can change how you treat yourself and others by living into this idea of seeing everyone in Christ is a new creation?
- How do we at WPC celebrate that we are a new creation through Christ?
Questions for Friday, October 23rd:
- How would you define reconciliation?
- How is reconciliation important to you with your relationship with others?
- Have you ever tried to restore a relationship with some else? What did you do to try and restore this relationship? Was the relationship restored? What did you learn from this experience of restoring a relationship?
- Has anyone ever tried to restore a relationship with you? How did they do it? Was the relationship restored? What did you learn from this experience?
- What changes when a relationship with someone else is reconciled?
- How do we at WPC live into God’s work of reconciliation with each other?
Questions for Saturday, October 24th:
- How is your relationship with God?
- How has God reconciled your relationship with God? And with others?
- How important is it to have a relationship with God that is reconciled?
- Have you ever shared with others how God has reconciled this relationship between God and yourself? Do you still share this Good news with others? How?
- How have others shared God’s reconciling work with you?
- How do we ant WPC live out God’s reconciling work in our community and throughout the world?
Questions for Sunday, October 25th:
- What is an ambassador? Have you ever met an ambassador from another country?
- Do you consider yourself an ambassador for God? Why or why not?
- What impact on your life does it have if you think of yourself as an ambassador of God?
- What does it mean to you to think that God has trusted you with sharing the Good News of reconciliation?
- What does it mean to you to think that God has trusted you to do the work of reconciliation?
- What are ways that you need to change to live more like an ambassador for God? How is god changing you to live as an ambassador for God?
- Are we at WPC living as ambassadors of Christ? What examples can you think of how WPC is an embassy of God’s love to all who live around us?
Questions to end each day with:
What gives you hope today?
What is your prayer today?
Amen. Peace and grace rest with us all!