What's the Amplify Guide? It's a collection of discussions and practices that will help you apply what we talked about on Sunday. Our goal is simple. We want to help 1) amplify the impact of Biblical teaching in your life and 2) amplify the impact of your life in this community.
This is designed to be an extension of our Sunday worship service. Take a few minutes to have this conversation with those who watched the worship service with you. If you watched alone, give another friend who watched alone a call and have the conversation over the phone.
Share something that was said or sung in the worship service that resonated with you.
Take a moment to pray with and for the person with whom you just shared.
These are intended for conversation around the dinner table, in the car, or before bed at night (ideal for ages 7 and up). Start each conversation by reading the passage listed.
Monday: Read Romans 15:5-7. Glance through the previous verses. About what were Christians disagreeing? What are some important things about which you and other Christians disagree? Tuesday: Read Romans 15:5-7. Describe your need for, or experience of, endurance and comfort in the midst of disagreements with other Christians. Wednesday: Read Romans 15:5-7. How is your unity with a Christian, with whom you disagree, connected with your relationship with Jesus?
Thursday: Read Romans 15:5-7. Compare and contrast the welcome and acceptance that you’re inclined to extend or not extend to other Christians with the welcome and acceptance that you receive from Jesus.
Friday: Read Romans 15:5-7. To what extend does your welcome and acceptance of someone with whom you disagree condone his/her belief or put the correctness of yours at risk? Is that okay? Saturday: What is one way that you plan to love others well this week?
You can also use the above readings and questions as a personal, daily devotion and journaling prompt.
Use these questions in discussion with spiritual friends. Spiritual friends are those who intentionally move into one another’s life to spur one another on in spiritual growth for the Glory of God.
1. How have you experience God’s welcome and acceptance of you this week?
2. How has God encouraged, challenged or corrected you recently?
3. What’s a way that you believe God has used you recently or wants to use you this week?
Inwardly-focused Spiritual Practice
Daily spiritual discipline – Take some time this week to read Revelation 4 and Revelation 7:9-17. Meditate on the Glory of God envisioned in that throne room.
How is your life joining the voices in that throne proclaiming the Glory of God?
What is more noticeable in your relationship with other Christians: your unity or the ways that you disagree?
Outwardly-focused Spiritual Practice
Seek to love those God places in your path. Be intentional to share Jesus’s love with them through word and deed.
Go out of your way to show love to a person in need.