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Growing Deeply

Sunday Sermon

a daily scripture guide

Week of August 24 August 29

Why the United Methodist Church? - August 23


MONDAY: 2 Corinthians 5:15-20 Everybody!
REFLECTION: In high school, there was a sign that said, We are more alike than
unalike. This understanding of common humanity and universality is part of being
human. Our faith is centered on Jesuss love and sacrifice for everybody. We may
exclude folks, but God in Christ is for all.
PRAYER: Thank you for including me in your grace. Let me live as one who honors
your grace toward me.
TUESDAY: 2 Corinthians 5:15-20 Brand new
REFLECTION: What difference has a relationship with Jesus Christ made in your life
this month? In what ways are you new?
PRAYER: You are making all things and people new. Thank you for the grace to grow
and be changed into your likeness over time.
WEDNESDAY: 2 Corinthians 5:15-20 Restoring
REFLECTION: God restores us in relationship to Godself through Christ. How then
do we restore relationships with one another? While it may take time, therapy,
spiritual direction, lots of prayer and stepping out of our comfort zones, with whom
might you actively begin or continue a restorative relationship?
PRAYER: Lead and guide me as I seek restoration with (persons name). Grant us
your grace and courage to go through hard conversations, knowing that through it
all you are with us.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:15-20 (MSG)


Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone.
That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that
everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than
people ever lived on their own. Because of this decision we dont evaluate people
by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and
got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly dont look at him that way anymore.
Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets
a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at
it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him,
and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world
square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering
forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.
Were Christs representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop
their differences and enter into Gods work of making things right between them.
Were speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; hes already a
friend with you.

My Notes:

THURSDAY: Romans 12:9-21 Inwardly and outwardly good


REFLECTION: This scripture is an exhortation to line up inward thinking with outward
living. Are there areas of your life where you hold a certain view, but your actions
are misaligned with it? It happens. This is a call for inward and outward alignment.
PRAYER: God of grace, I dont want to be crooked. Align my thoughts and actions.
Forgive me for the times theyve been askew.
FRIDAY: Romans 12:9-21 Be in it with another
REFLECTION: We are called to cultivate genuine love by rejoicing and mourning
with another. Have you ever felt jealous of another during a season of celebration?
Why? What about when someone was sad, how was it to be with them in sadness?
Why do you think it was easy or hard for you?
PRAYER: May your love abide in me and may I share that love with another.
SATURDAY: Romans 12:9-21 Desiring peace
REFLECTION: As best you can, keep the peace. Be honest...do you like a little
drama? Some of us think things cant be too peaceful. Others only know drama, and
peace is foreign. Remember, our desire to live in peace with another can lead to
more peace.
BENEDICTION & BLESSING: Peace be with you and in you!
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