Each week, we offer daily Scripture readings and thoughts in our Grow • Pray • Study (GPS) Guide.
Come back on Mondays for the weekly GPS, and spend time in study and prayer daily!
You matter to God.
St. Paul’s UMC
February 11 – 17, 2018
ReThink Church Verb
Destination: To gain a deeper
understanding of what it means to be a deeply committed follower of God, Jesus
and the Holy Spirit. To be able to recognize your experiences of God and
to discover God in new and different ways.
I encourage you to read this Scripture every day and by the end of the
week have it memorized or to the point of where you can paraphrase the
verse(s). Try writing it down on post-it notes and place them in areas
where you will see it daily, for example the bathroom mirror or the dashboard
of your car.
On arriving there, they
gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them
and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Acts 14:27 NIV
Daily Prayer: Help us, dear God, to be an
answer to another’s prayer so that we may be one of your signs of hope in the
world you love. Amen.
Feb 12 2018 read Isaiah 61:1-9. Who is the Spirit of the Lord calling you to bring the good news
of God’s grace and mercy through the work of Jesus Christ to? Think about
the target picture below and picture moving the people that God has placed in
your mind and on your heart from the outside of the target in towards the
bull’s-eye. The outer ring represents that they have little or no
relationship with God. They move into the next circle when they have some
engagement with God, for example they come to Wednesday night Dinner And… and begin
having conversations with you about God. The next inner circle is that
they accept your invitation and come to worship. The bull’s-eye is when
they have connected with God.
February 13, 2018 read Acts 11:19-26. As you read this passage of Scripture and look at your target.
What is your plan for moving your family member, friend, co-worker from
the outside of the circle into the spot of the bull’s-eye? Pray for the
people you have on your target.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 read Acts 14:21-28. Paul and Barnabas return to
Antioch, stopping along the way to encourage new believers and establish
leaders in each congregation. How are you an encourager to new believers
in the faith? What will your plan be to encourage your target people to move
from the outer circle to the bull’s-eye?
February 15, 2018 read Acts 15:1-11. The message here is that salvation isn’t just for one group
of people. The saving grace of God, through the death of Jesus Christ, is
open and available for all people. In the days, weeks, months or
years to come as you continue to pray your targeted people into the bull’s-eye,
what personal life examples of God’s grace at work can you give them?
February 16, 2018 read Matthew 5:14-16. How do you let the light of Christ shine
forth to those you come into contact with each day? When the light of
Christ burns within you, it cannot be hidden or put under a basket where no one
can see it. The light of Christ reflects in our attitudes, our words, the
way we treat others. Sometimes our lights may have a dim moment, day or season,
but once the light is lit, it’s not extinguished. What can you do to let
your light shine on your target people?
February 17, 2018 read 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. Do not lose heart if your target people
do not accept your first attempt to move them from the outer circle to the
inner circle, let your light shine to the glory of God in the Face of Jesus
Christ. Spend the next several minutes praying for your people on your target
list. Now make your first move to bring them closer to the bull’s-eye.
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