Thursday, 23 February 2017

Thursday's Reflection

2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Thursday: Read 2 Corinthians 9:9. When the Lord tells us that generosity is the ordinary mark of the righteous person, what impact does that have on you?

Key verse to learn:
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV, 2011)

Key question to ask: How does this passage help you to be more generous?


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wednesday's Reflection

2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Wednesday: Read 2 Corinthians 9:8. What is God promising to do in v.8? How does that help you when you think you can’t afford to give?

Key verse to learn:
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV, 2011)

Key question to ask: How does this passage help you to be more generous?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Tuesday's Reflection

2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Tuesday: Read 2 Corinthians 9:7. How does v. 6 help you to live out v. 7? How will you go about “deciding in your heart?” What are the next steps?

Key verse to learn: You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV, 2011)

Key question to ask: How does this passage help you to be more generous?


Monday, 20 February 2017

Monday's Reflection

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Monday: Read 2 Corinthians 9:6. How does the language of sowing change the way you think about the amount money you give away?

Key verse to learn:
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV, 2011)

Key question to ask: How does this passage help you to be more generous?



Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday's Reflection

EB & ECC
Read 2 Corinthians 9. How does God’s grace to you (v14) surpass anything

else in your life?

EW
Read Isaiah 11:15-16. What obstacles prevent your family and friends from following Jesus? Pray for God to sweep them away and make a path to his Son.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Saturday's Reflection

EB & ECC
Read Isaiah 11:12 and John 12:32. Give thanks for the banner of the cross. Ask God to keep you by the cross for all your days as you cling to the king.

EW
Read Isaiah 11:12-14. In what ways are God’s people still divided? How does that prevent us from effective ministry? Pray for reconciliation and truth in the Church.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday's Reflection

EB & ECC
Read Isaiah 11:15. What is keeping your from returning to the Lord? What has
the LORD done to these barriers?

EW
Read Isaiah 11:10-11. God’s people are gathered from every nation on earth. Choose one and pray for your brothers and sisters there now.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Thursday's Reflection

EB & ECC
Read Isaiah 11:8. What is your worst fear and how will it be transformed when the Root of Jesse comes?

EW
Read Isaiah 11:9. Think about the ocean. Then imagine a world in which the knowledge of God is just as vast and deep. Pray for that day to come soon.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Digging into Isaiah

If our series in Isaiah over the last 6 weeks has got your wanting to dig further into the treasures of this precious Bible book - here are a couple of resources that you might find help as you do so:

Isaiah by the Day. An unsual and really helpful book - it's a 'devotional translation' of Isaiah by Alec Motyer - who has made the book of Isaiah his life's work.

The message of Isaiah. A surprisingly accessible commentary on the book of Isaiah by Barry Webb.


Friday, 10 February 2017

Why we should fear the LORD?

Our series in Isaiah has kept calling us to fear the LORD and to see this as a good thing. Why? German pastor, theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer helps us:
...the first command of the gospel. "Fear God and you will have nothing less to fear." Don't fear other people. Don't fear violence and power, even when it comes to you personally and can rob you of your life. Don't fear the high and mighty in the world. Don't fear yourself. Don't fear your sins. All these fears will die. From all these fears you will be set free. For they are no longer there. But fear God and him alone. For he has the power over all the powers of this world. The whole world is in fear of God. He has the power to give us life or to destroy us. All other powers are a mere game. God alone is real, seriously real. Fear God seriously and "give him the glory." 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Christmas Sermons, p.111.