Transformed /// Worship

Happy Monday, it is August 13th.  

Downtown Hope is a family of faith, a movement of people who exist to see Annapolis and the surrounding communities transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Since we began meeting in an upper room above Main St. almost ten years ago we have shared a simple vision- to see Jesus Christ change lives through His gospel.  We have seen many lives impacted, transformed and believe we are just getting started!  

This week we begin a new #realtalk series titled "Transformed".  Through this series I will be speaking on our vision and mission- why we exist and what we practice as a local family of faith (Worship, Fellowship, Equipping, Mission).  This weeks reading will focus around themes of Transformation and Worship.  

See the reading plan and format below, feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M 08/06- Genesis 1.2, 2.7, 3.11 (Our need for transformation) 
T 08/07- Matthew 17.1-13 (Mount of transfiguration)
W 08/08- Ephesians 4.18-24 (The New Life in Christ)
TH 08/09- John 4.1-30, 39-42 (The Woman at the Well)
F 08/10- Isaiah 43.18-19; Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:5 (What one day will be)

PERSONAL/GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.


THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Uzziah

Today is Monday, August 6th.  This week we conclude our Summer series at Downtown Hope titled "Protagonist".  In this series each week we have studied an Old Testament character to discover how their story translates into our story and how their lives ultimately point us to Jesus, as the ultimate protagonist. Included below is a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the Group you are facilitating.

This week we are diving into the life of Uzziah, King of Judah.   This Sunday author Doug Bond will be teaching us on Uzziah's life.  See the reading plan and format below, feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M 08/06- 2 Chronicles 26.1-5
T 08/07- 2 Chronicles 26.6-15
W 08/08- 2 Chronicles 26.16-23
TH 08/09- 2 Kings 15.1-7
F 08/10- Matthew 1:8–9

PERSONAL/GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.


THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Joseph

Today is Monday, July 30th.  This week we continue our Summer series at Downtown Hope titled "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story translates into our story and how their lives ultimately point us to Jesus, as the ultimate protagonist. Included below is a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the Group you are facilitating.

This week we are diving into the life of Joseph.  Genesis covers a number of chapters on Joseph's life.  Most are short but the reading is a bit more extensive this week.  Wee the reading plan and format below.  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M 07/30- Genesis 37; 39
T 07/31- Genesis 40-42
W 08/01- Genesis 43-44
TH 08/02- Genesis 45-46
F 08/03-Genesis 47; 49.28-50

PERSONAL/GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.


THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Daniel

Today is Monday, July 23rd.  This week we continue our Summer series at Downtown Hope titled "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story translates into our story and how their lives ultimately point us to Jesus, as the ultimate protagonist. Included below is a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the Group you are facilitating.

This week we are diving into the life of Daniel, see the reading plan and format below.  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M 8/23- Daniel 1 + 2
T- 8/24- Daniel 3
W- 8/25- Daniel 4
TH- 8/26- Daniel 5
F-  8/27- Daniel 6

PERSONAL/GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.


THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Deborah

Today is Monday, July 16th.  This week we continue our Summer series at Downtown Hope titled "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story translates into our story and how their lives ultimately point us to Jesus, as the ultimate protagonist. Included below is a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the Group you are facilitating.

This week we are diving into the life of Deborah, see the reading plan and format below.  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M- Judges 4.1-10
T- Judges 4.11-24
W- Judges 5.1-11
TH- Judges 5.12-31
F- Psalm 80

PERSONAL/GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.


THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Noah

Today is Monday, July 9th.  This week we continue our Summer series at Downtown Hope titled "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story translates into our story and how their lives ultimately point us to Jesus, as the ultimate protagonist. Included below is a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the Group you are facilitating.

This week we are diving into the life of Noah, see the reading plan and format below!  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M, 7.9- Genesis 6:1-22
T, 7.10- Genesis 7:1-24
W, 7.11- Genesis 8:1-19
Th, 7.12- Genesis 8:20-9:17
F, 7.13- Gebesis 9:18-28

PERSONAL/GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.


THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Melchizedek

Today is Monday, July 2nd.  This week we continue our Summer series at Downtown Hope titled "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story translates into our story and how their lives ultimately point us to Jesus, as the ultimate protagonist. Included below is a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the Group you are facilitating.

This week we are diving into one of the most mysterious figures in the Old Testament, see the reading plan and format below!  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

Monday 8/2- Genesis 14:17-24
Tuesday 8/3- Hebrews 5:1-10
Wednesday 8/4- Hebrews 6:13-7:10
Thursday 8/5- Hebrews 7:11-28
Friday 8/6- Psalm 110
 

PERSONAL/GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Solomon

Today is Monday, June 25th.  This week we continue our Summer series at Downtown Hope titled "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story points to Christ as the ultimate protagonist. Included below is a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the Group you are facilitating.

This week we are diving into the story of Solomon, see the reading plan and format below!  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M- 2 Samuel 12: 1-25; Psalm 51
T- I Chronicles 22:6-19; I Chronicles 28
W- I Kings 1-3, I Kings 4:20-5:18        
TH- I Kings 6:11-7:12, I Kings 8:1-9:9, I Kings 11        
F- Revelation 2:4-5, Proverbs 9:10, John 17:1-5, Romans 5:1-11, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Revelation 21        

 

PERSONAL/GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Gideon

Today is Monday, June 18th.  This week we continue our Summer series at Downtown Hope called "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story informs our lives and ultimately points us to Christ as the ultimate protagonist.  This week we are diving into the story of Gideon, see this weeks readings and format below!  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M- Judges 6:1-24
T- Judges 6:25-32
W-Judges 6:33-40
TH- Judges 7:1-23
F- Judges 8:29-35

PERSONAL + GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ Was there anything from the message this past Sunday that convicted you or encouraged you? 
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened over the past week to thank God for?
_ Is there anything you are going through that you need support with?

CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Rahab

Today is Monday, June 11th.  This week we continue our Summer series at Downtown Hope called "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story points to Christ as the ultimate protagonist.  We are giving our Daily writers a break for June and July.  Instead of receiving an email M-F you will just receive one email on Monday that will include readings for the entire week.  Included will be a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the group you are facilitating.

This week we are diving into the story of Rahab, see the reading plan and format below!  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M- Joshua 2.1-14
T- Joshua 2.15-24
W- Joshua 6.1-5; 22-25
TH- Matthew 1.1-17
F- Hebrews 11.1-3; 30-31

GROUPS + Personal Devotional GUIDE:

1. BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with Jesus?
_ Is there anything that has happened that you are celebrating/we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that you need support for/we can support you in? 


2. CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.


3. THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

_WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ How would you summarize some of the main points of this passage in your own words?
_ What are some of the main points we learn from this aspect of Rahab's account?
_ Is there something about the passage that points us to Jesus' life, teaching, death, resurrection or reign from heaven?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

_HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

_WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Isaac

Today is Monday, June 4th!  This week we continue our Summer series at Downtown Hope called "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story points to Christ as the ultimate protagonist.  We are giving our Daily writers a break for June and July.  Instead of receiving an email M-F you will just receive one email on Monday that will include readings for the entire week.  Included will be a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the group you are facilitating.

This week we are diving into some of Isaac's story, see the reading plan and format below!  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M- Genesis 21.1-7
T- Genesis 22.1-14
W- Genesis 24.1-41
TH- Genesis 24.42-67
F- Genesis 26.1-5
 

GROUPS GUIDE:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.


THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ How would you summarize some of the main points of this passage in your own words?
_ What are some of the main points we learn from this passage? 
_ Is there something about the passage that points us to Jesus' life, teaching, death, resurrection or reign from heaven?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

Ruth + Summer Daily Schedule [ Ruth 1 ]

Today is Monday, May 28th, happy Memorial Day!  This week begins a new Summer series at Downtown Hope called "Protagonist".  In this series each week we will be studying an Old Testament character to discover how their story points to Christ as the ultimate protagonist.

We are also going to be giving our Daily writers a break for June and July.  Instead of receiving an email M-F you will just receive one email on Monday that will include readings for the entire week.  Included will be a format for you to use in your Daily time of solitude with the Lord and with the group you are facilitating.  We will begin the Daily entries again in early August.  While this is a change in rhythm we do not see it as a break from the Word.  The point of the Daily is to train us to develop a rhythm of abiding in Christ through the Word and prayer, we encourage you to continue this in deeper ways through the summer!  

This week we are diving into the book of Ruth, see the reading plan and format below!  Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions info@downtownhope.org

Grace + Peace,

Joey


READINGS THIS WEEK:

M- Ruth 1
T- Ruth 2.1-13
W-Ruth 2.14-23
TH- Ruth 3
F- Ruth 4
 

PERSONAL/GROUP FORMAT:

BEGIN BY CONNECTING
Choose one of these questions to respond to in your time with the Lord and with your group, spouse or family when you meet.
_ What has been the greatest joy and struggle in the last 24 hours?
_ How is your heart connection with the Lord?
_ Is there anything that has happened that we can celebrate with you?
_ Is there anything you are going through that we can support you in? 


CONTINUE WITH PRAYER
One way to pray this summer is to use a simple format that we have been using in our Group's Support Team group.  Select a Psalm or a portion of a Psalm and pray through it.  In this we are learning to pray Scripture together.  Some great Psalms to begin with are Psalm 1, 3, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24, 47, 100, 104, 113, 114.  In your prayer time continue to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.


THEN SPEND TIME DISCOVERING + OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Select one of the daily readings for this week from above, read it together in your group and ask the following 3 simple questions

1. WHAT is this passage saying, what do we learn and how does it point us to Christ? Look for different literary clues to help you discern the main point of the passage or section. Reach out if you have questions.
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' teaching?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' life?
_ Is there something about the passage that mirrors Jesus' sacrificial death on our behalf?
_ Is there something about the passage that connects to God's redemptive plan in Scripture?

2. HOW am I convicted to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? We encourage you to ask this question In break-outs if your group is large or co-ed.  The Lord forms us in the gospel through simple steps of obedience, fueled by grace.

3. WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help? As we are being filled up through the word and Spirit we make ourselves available to God in who he would have us walk with/spend time with who does not yet know Christ.  Continually discussing this with the Lord and within our groups allows us to remember how the Lord is working and steps we are called to take.

“Walking in Unity”   [Ephesians 4:1-6]

Today is Friday, May 21st. In today’s reading, we are inspired and reminded of the calling to which we have received!

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What are some areas or friendships in your life where you are desiring unity?

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Ephesians 4:1-6 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

_ Can you identify a calling you have received from God? (v 1)
_ What does it look like for you to “bear with one another in love?” (v 2)
_ Can you think of a time that you felt the unity of the Spirit/the bond of peace? (v 3)
_ How does it feel to be reminded that God is over all, through all and in all? (v 6)

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Who in your life can help you walk in a manner worthy of the calling God has given you?
_ Does the way you live your life reflect the unity of your friendships?  

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

"Local Leaders Are To Shepherd the Flock" [I Peter 5:1-5]

It's Thursday, May 24, 2018.  God, in His infinite wisdom and abiding love for His Bride, left us an organizational pattern to use within the local body of believers; a way to best "tend the flock of God".  -Chris Adomanis

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_What descriptive words come to your mind when you think of a shepherd?  How about sheep?

PRAY
PSALM 23

DISCOVER [I Peter 5:1-5]
5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_Why does Peter call himself an elder?  How do you think that affected the elders who were reading this letter?
_ Why do you think Peter used the verb shepherd to describe what an elder should/must do?  (Hint: read John 10:1-18 and John 21:15-17)
_Who is the Chief Shepherd?  How should those who take on the role of an Elder feel about this?
_How does one "clothe" themselves with humility?  Why did Peter choose that particular verb?
_What does the phrase "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" mean to you?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Confess and repent of times when you have strayed from the fold of God.  Return and obey the commands of the Great Shepherd, who laid down His life so you may know the peace and security of dwelling in His pasture!!!

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_Who in your life TODAY is the Lord prompting you to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
_Do you have someone in your life TODAY that challenges you (and you challenge back) to be an effective witness for Christ?

“Many Members - One Body” [ Romans 12:4-5]

Today is Wednesday, May 23rd. It is so easy to compare yourself to another and feel like you are not as important, useful, or necessary. This idea is especially destructive when introduced into the Church. Paul combats this idea in today’s passage, likening our role in the church to a part of a physical body. As you read, consider the role you play and the value you have. Does this align with what Scripture says?- Peter

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What is the most important part of the human body? Why?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Romans 12:4-5 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

_ What does it mean to be a member of a physical body? A spiritual body?
_ How does Christ unite many members into one body? By what means?
_ Why does each member belong to all the others? What does this practically look like in the Church?
_ What does this passage teach us about being a part of the Body of Christ?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Which part of the Church body do you identify as? Which part of the physical body do you think this represents? Why?
_ Do you feel like you play an important role? What does this passage teach us about the value of each part?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

“He Might Be Preeminent” [Colossians 1:15-20]

Today is Tuesday, May 22th, 2018. We are in week two of our ‘Church as Family’ series, and we press on continuing to discover what it means to call each other brothers and sisters in Christ. We continue to discover what the intimacy of Christ’s church looks like locally. Today we look at Paul’s caution to true believers of the Church, to keep a keen eye for those who are within the body, disrupting the spread and teaching of the true Gospel, that they may benefit in some way by leading others astray. Please join us at our Sunday morning Gatherings, held at 9:00 am and 10:45 am.

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_What was the original purpose of our creation (humanity)? What is Jesus’ ultimate purpose in the cross?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Colossians 1:15-20]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

_
How does v.15 compare to what Jesus says in John 10: 28-30. What does v.15 and John 10:30 establish about Jesus’ comparison to the Father?

28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

_How does v.16 compare to John 1: 1-4? What do these sections tell us about Jesus’ role in creation? What does it mean when v.16 says that all things were made through and for him?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

_What does v.17 have to say against the idea that God is only selectively active in the universe? What does this say about his omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience?

_How does v.18 relate to 1 Peter 2:1-7 (where he is called the Living Stone, as well as the Cornerstone of the Church? What does it mean to be preeminent before ALL things?

_What does v.19 establish about Jesus in correlation to his Godliness, and what do v.19-20 reveal about Jesus’ ultimate purpose of the cross in relation to all of his creation?

_Ultimately what does this passage reveal about the authority Jesus has over the universe, and what does that mean for his Bride, the church, where he calls himself the Groom and the head? Where must all of the church submit to, and look up to?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Since “The righteous live by faith”, what is one way you are being called by Christ to step outside your comfort zone this week and have faith that God has a purpose through that conviction he has given you?
_ Are you spending time in the Word and in prayer, to hear the Lord speak to you? It is these two actions that lead us to repentance, as well as our daily callings to God’s will.

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
Pray the Lord would put upon your heart the person(s) in your life that you are to share the good news of the Gospel to, through organic circumstances in a relationship. If you know who this person is God is calling you to walk with; How can you take a simple step of obedience, to show the love and passion of Christ to him/her?

Who is Family? [ Matthew 12.46-50 ]

Today is Monday, May 21st. This week our readings continue in our #realtalk series "Church as Family".  I mentioned this passage in my message yesterday, where Jesus answers the question- Who is my Family?  - Joey

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- If someone were to ask you who your family is how would you answer? 

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is as our Father, pray for our church as we grow together in this season and pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [ Matthew 12.46-50 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. * 48 But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
_ What unfolds in vs. 46?
_ How does Jesus' respond in vs. 48?
_ Who does he point to in vs. 49 before he speaks?
_ In vs. 50 what do we learn about who Jesus considers family? 

*Important detail about this text: You may have noticed vs. 47 omitted in the ESV.  The reason it is omitted is because it was not included in the original  manuscripts.  
 
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ How am I being called to tangibly love the family that Jesus defines as my true family?  What could this look like this week? 

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

“Unity” [ 1 Corinthians 12:21-26]

Today is Friday, May 18th. Today we are in 1 Corinthians 12:21-26. Paul writes this letter to correct false teachings in the church of Corinth. I pray that we will daily grow in patience and obedience. Praise King Jesus - Evan McGee

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Have you ever tried to cook a meal when you realized half-way through that you are out of one of the ingredients? Have you ever been a part of a team, and your teammate did not show up to a game/event? How did the game/event go without them? - How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [1 Corinthians 12:21-26 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

_ What is the context of verse  21 and 22?|
_ Why is a greater honor bestowed on the parts that we think are less honorable?
_ How does verse 25 and 26 apply to both our own physical bodies and to the church?
_ How does verse 26 challenge us?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ How does one keep perspective of the importance of the body as a whole?
_ How does verse 26 challenge you to love and care deeper for others? What is a practical first step you can take to grow in unity with the church?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

Baptized into One Body” [1 Cor 12:12-14]

Today is Thursday, May 17th, 2018. We love our individuality. Scroll through Instagram or Facebook and you can find countless posts on being original, different, or one of a kind. While we each are different in many ways and no two people are exactly alike the truth is, as John Donne put it, “No man is an island”. This could not be more true for the church. In his letter to the Corinthians Paul discusses this by talking about the Church as one body with many members. While we may be different we all have the common ground of Christ. We each make up a part of the whole. Yes, we are each individual, but we are all connected in this catholic (little c) church. We have been united and baptized into one body through the Holy Spirit. We are united each Sunday when we drink from the cup of one Spirit in communion. Let us not be divided over differences but united in one Spirit. We must remember that no one is better than another and we have all been saved by the grace of God.

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What are some differences between our brothers and sisters in Christ?
_ What differences do you think can become divisive?

PRAY
Eternal God, you have called us to be members of one body. Join us with those who in all times and places have praised your name, that, with one heart and mind, we may show the unity of your church, and bring honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
- Book of Common Worship

DISCOVER  [1 Cor 12:12-14]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.

_ In vs 12 what does a body have?
_ In vs 12 what is the body being compared to?
_ In vs 13 What were we baptized into?
_ In vs 13 What examples of people are given?
_ In vs 13 What were all made to drink of?
_ In vs 14 What does the body consist of?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ What member are you in the body of Christ?
_ Do you ever expect all members to be alike?
_ Is there, someone, you can invite into this diverse body to drink of one Spirit?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

“A Spiritual House” [1 Peter 2:4-5]

Today is Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  What a blessing it is to reflect on the power and hope we have as a believing community in Jesus!  The Message translation of 2 Peter 2:4 aptly says, “Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life.”  God, Himself welcomes you each day through His Word and through His Son, Jesus. Come and drink at the well of truth today to be built up as a spiritual house.   - Kim

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Reflect on the purpose of your home physically, emotionally, and spiritually?  What kind of memories from your childhood home could aid the discussion?
_ How is the Lord building up your spiritual house so that you can point others to the One who will shelter, water, feed, and protect?

PRAY
Precious Lord Jesus.  You are our firm foundation.  You have set our feet upon a rock and made our steps secure.  Forgive us for doubting your constant presence in our lives. We forget your faithfulness and daily provision so easily.  Give us eyes to see You in all of Your fullness today. Remind us of our value in You, strength with You by our side, and responsibility we have as we walk as Your sons and daughters in this world.  Help us stand firm as the world around us tries to blow our spiritual house down.

DISCOVER  [1 Peter 2:4-5]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

_ Who is Peter addressing in verse 4 when he says, “you?”
_ Who is the antecedent to the pronoun “him?”
_ Who is “rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious?”  You? Jesus? Or both you and Jesus?
_ If you are chosen and precious, how does that change how you interact with the world?
_ How is each believer “like living stones?”
_ How might 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?” shed light on this question?
_ What is the condition of your spiritual house?  How are you being shored up by other living stones? How are shoring up other living stones?
_What were some of the roles of the Old Testament priests?  What does it look like in 2018 to be a holy priesthood as a community of believers?
_ What might a spiritual sacrifice through Jesus Christ look like in your home, neighborhood or church?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life that you need to remember that you are called by God, chosen and precious?  If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ Are there any area Jesus is inviting you to shore up another believer?  What action can you take to encourage them?
_ Is there a place that you are lacking power or strength to stand firm as a spiritual house?  How does remembering that God’s Spirit dwells in you change your perspective?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?