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 that really resonated with you this morning.
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: Matthew 6:11. To what does “daily bread” refer? How are you experiencing the answer to this prayer? Tuesday: John 6:35. What does Jesus mean by saying that he is the “bread of life”? How are you experiencing Him as this? Wednesday: John 6:51. How does one eat the bread of which Jesus is speaking? Thursday: Acts 2:42. In what ways are you or are you not devoting yourself to the things mentioned in this passage? Friday: Acts 2:46-47. How have you enjoyed and been encouraged by the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ recently? Saturday: Hebrews 13:2. Share an experience about an effort to show hospitality to strangers. How do you think God might be calling you to live this out even more in the coming weeks?
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 been feasting on the bread of life recently?
2. What has been your experience recently of deep community with brothers and sisters in Christ recently?
3. How has God used you to display his love with your neighbors or coworkers recently?
4. How have you been encouraged or challenged by the Lord recently?
Inwardly-focused Spiritual Practice
Daily spiritual discipline – Take time to meditate on God’s Word each day this week. Read over these verses a few times each day and have a simple conversation with the Lord about the content in the verse and how it’s message is or is not playing out in your life each day.
Monday: Matthew 6:11. Take stock of how ways you are staying anchored to God. Write down what a typical week looks like. Ask God what he wants you to see. Tuesday: John 6:35. Invite God to deepen your heart’s desire for worship. Wednesday: Acts 2:42. Take stock of ways you are staying connected to God’s people. Write down what a typical week looks like. Ask God what he wants you to see. Thursday: Acts 2:46-47. Take stock of ways you are staying connected to God’s people. Write down what a typical week looks like. Ask God what he wants you to see. Friday: Hebrews 13:2. Invite God to deepen your heart’s desire for fellowship. Saturday: Matthew 25:35. Invite God to deepen your heart’s desire for showing love to your neighbors.
Outwardly-focused Spiritual Practice
Seek to understand those who are different from you and share Jesus love through word or deed with them.
With the love of Jesus in view, reach out to a neighbor or co-worker or someone in need.