Week 7(June 4 – 10)
Sunday – Principle 7&8
Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible Reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to Follow his will.
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good news to others, both by my example and by my words.
Scripture Reading: “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10
Every Christian needs to have a daily time that we spend with God considering our life in Christ, Bible reading, and praying. This is a time we consider how faithful we are living our lives in Christ as we know Christ, asking forgiveness for our failings, committing to continue to grow in Christ through Bible reading, and Small group fellowship and sharing Christ when God provides those opportunities to help others going through the same issues that we have dealt with in life. Even if it would mean persecution for doing so.
Pastor’s Pondering: How do principles 7&8 exemplify our church mission – Knowing, Growing and Sharing Christ?
Monday – Step 10 Crossroads
We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Scripture Reading: “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” 1Corinthians 10:12 NIV
Step 10 is the crossroads of life where we must continue to exam our lives in all that we think, say or do and when we find we are wrong, where we have fallen, we have to promptly admit it so we can correct it and continue in our life together in Christ and not fall back into the old life that God had recovered us from living.
Pastor’s Pondering: How might we stop examining our lives and find ourselves falling back into our old life?
Tuesday – Step 11 – Lesson Relapse & Gratitude
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Scripture Reading: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Colossians 3:16a
The key way to keep ourselves from sliding back into our old life is to completely focus on our new life in Christ. It is to allow the Holy Spirit to show us other areas we need to grow in as a Christian. It is to focus completely on our life in Christ that we have no time or attention to give to anything outside of our walk with Christ. It is to let our gratitude to God for recovering us as his children by loving Christ with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength. It is to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”
Pastor’s Pondering: How does focusing on our life in Christ keep us from focusing on our former brokenness?
Wednesday – Step 12 – Give
Having had a spiritual experience as a result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Scripture Reading: “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you may also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 NIV
Giving back is sharing our spiritual experience with others by continuing to practice the principles and steps that Christ has taught us in all we do and say in life and “carry this message to others. In so doing, if we know someone who is caught as we were caught we are to “restore him gently.” Restoring gently is to do so with love and understanding.
Pastor’s Pondering: How can we best give back and help restore someone in life?
Thursday – Hurts
Scripture Reading: Genesis 23:19,20
The burial place becomes a reminder of the relationships forged through the hurt of grieving for both Abraham’s family and the Hittites in the land of Canaan. But, it is not in places that relationships are maintained but in God. Though this is a time and place of peace, it is only temporary as we can read and know the rest of the story. This later on becomes the inheritance for Caleb in Israel’s return and conquest of the promised land. The city becomes one of the six refuge cities in establishing Israel in the promised land. But throughout the history of this land, it changes hands and ownership through the hurt of war. True and everlasting peace is only brought on by sharing God’s love given to us through Jesus Christ.
Pastor’s Pondering: How is Sarah’s burial place a reminder of the hurts we have due to our brokenness and Christ being the Way, the Truth, and the Life?
Friday – Habits
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 12:26-31
David learns his lesson about his addiction and we see now that he returns to his proper place with his soldiers as King and when it is all done then returns to Jerusalem. Through the rest of David’s story we see how God recovers him from his addiction, David stays on the path that God has set before him as King. He not only doesn’t fall back to his old habits but seeks to help others keep from falling into the same problems that he had.
Pastor’s Pondering: Why is it important to not just refrain from going back to our addictions but help others who suffer from the same habits?
Saturday – Hang-ups
Scripture Reading: John 21:20-23
Oftentimes, our hang-ups come from our preoccupation with other people. Jesus reminds Peter that what ultimately happens to them is not of our concern except how we can better Know, Grow and Share Christ together as disciples of Christ in obedience to God which is our spiritual worship and life. In Christ, we can be recovered from our hurts, habits and hang-ups in life.
Pastor’s Pondering: Amen, So Let it Be With Me.