Going Deeper

9.21 - 9.26.2020

We want to help you "Go Deeper" by moving Christ a little closer to the center of your life every day. The following resources are provided to help connect the weekly message to your every day life and reveal God's desire to be in relationship with you.


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Pastor Jim Hoffman

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  • SCRIPTURE

    • John 1:9-14

    • Romans 5:18-6:23

    • 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

    • Philippians 1:22-30

    • I Timothy 1:12-17   

  • REFLECTION

    At our most recent Sunday evening parking lot worship service, I mentioned the hymn that has the line in the chorus, “count your blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings and see what God has done.”  I know that I can be focused on tasks that I believe will address a perceived or real problem.  I can be consumed by what I feel is missing for the folks at St. John’s.  I can make time for conversations that are centered on planning and visioning for programs and events.  Rarely do I pause to count the blessings that are around me, even in the midst of leading during a pandemic.  I need to do a better job of daily counting the blessings of God.  God is my shepherd who leads and guides me each day.  God makes me to lie down in the comfort of my world.  God calms the rumblings in my heart, mind, and soul.  No matter what is going on, God is with me and is making me to prosper.  I work to do my part in ushering in God’s kingdom.  I have my daily bread.  But most of all, I am forgiven through God’s loving act of mercy and grace.

     

    Of all the blessings that I can count, the one I count dearest is the blessing of God’s limitless grace.  Not that I am a horrible sinner in constant need of forgiveness of my sins (although there are times when God’s justifying grace is necessary).  What I count as a continual blessing is the presence of God’s grace that is sanctifying or transforming me.  I expect that God’s grace be present making me newer each day.  I expect that God’s grace will be at work in my heart, mind, and life.  I revel in knowing that God’s grace has unlimited potential in my life.  This is the Good News for me and it is the Good News for the world.  I pray that daily my life might be a sign of God’s limitless grace.

     

    I invite you to take time and read each of the scriptures above as you move to reflect on the questions below.  I encourage you to think about God’s limitless grace in your life and the invitation to share grace with the world around you.  I also pray that God bless the reading of God’s Word and the meditations of your heart.

  • QUESTIONS

    Head:

    • How do you define God’s grace?  What terms or feelings do you associate with it?
    • What does it mean to you to experience God’s grace?
    • What do you understand as your role in sharing God’s grace with the world?

    Heart:

    • Where do you see God’s grace active in your life?
    • In what particular way do you see God making you anew or transforming your life?
    • What attitude, belief, or negativity are you praying God would transform?

    Hand:

    • What particular ministry are you involved in?  Do you understand it to be a ministry of grace and how?
    • How is God’s limitless grace being shared through you to your neighbors?
    • What action or behavior are you praying God would transform?

  • PRAYER

    Gracious God, I long for your limitless grace.  This means that I need you; tend to my bitterness of spirit.  Save me from hurts too long unforgiven and sufferings too deeply cherished.  Save me from cynicism too quickly felt and revenge too often sought.  Save me from loyalty too easily spurned and hope too soon abandoned.  Surprise me with your transformation.  In all the places I gasp for air, breath your sweet fresh Spirit.  In all the places I see few options, burst my tired old categories with your endlessly inventive possibilities.  In all the places I am so sure everything has died, infuse your unfailing, irrepressible life.  Neither be content with me as I am nor let me be content with who I am.  Instead, put me, pull me, into new worlds of your making.  Flood my heart, mind, and soul with your endless grace so that my life might be a tidal way of your grace for the world.  Amen.