It's important to read the Bible on a regular basis. We want to provide resources to help keep you on track. These readings allow you to take a longer look at some of the passages that the teaching pastor referenced during the weekend sermon. Please contact us if you have any questions/issues.
Here is a handy guide on how to study the Bible that may help you!
This Week's Readings:
Day 1: Genesis 11:1-9
- This passage points us to the fact that diversity was God’s idea in the first place
- God did this by forcing the people to disperse to many nations at the Tower of Babel.
- What is your reaction to what God did here?
- We tend to “live in Babel” and remain in the safety of people that are like us. Do you think this is true? Why?
- Jesus prays for us to be “one” as believers. Can we still maintain cultural diversity in worship and be unified?
Day 3: Acts 2:1-12
- God chose to send the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost when people from many nations were gathered together.
- How did God overcome the language barrier at Pentecost?
- What are some barriers we face as we interact with people of other races and cultures and how can the gospel redeem those differences?
Day 4: John 17:20-21
- Pastor Derek said, “with the Spirit of God, our differences don’t need to separate us, they can become the basis for our oneness.”
- How have you seen that happen or how would you like to see it happen?
Day 5: James 1:19-27
- We are warned in this passage to take action. Too often we hear the Word of God, and stop there.
- Which of the next steps presented, get involved through ServErie or sit down and meet with a Life Group from an Erie church that is predominately black, should you take?
Last Week's Readings:
- Mother’s Day is a great day of celebration for many, but can be very complex for others.
- Thinking back on Derek’s Mother’s Day Sermon, was there any point that challenged or inspired you?
- Why do you think Pastor Derek took such great care in acknowledging the complexity of Mother’s Day?
Day 2: Ephesians 1:3-14, 3:18-19
- Derek gave us 4 truths to remember that help mothers, and everyone else, to go from surviving to thriving.
- The first truth to remember is that we must remember that we are loved by God.
- We are loved by God because of who we are not because of what we have done.
- Are you able to understand this, day to day? What does this mean to you?
Day 3: Proverbs 31:28, 12:25
- The second truth that we must remember is that you are appreciated.
- Sometimes the simplest appreciation can go a long way. This is especially true when these people are not normally appreciated at the level they deserve to be.
- How can we express our appreciation for our mothers? How can mothers find peace even with a lack of expressed appreciation?
- The third truth is to remember that we have a divine calling.
- God has given us all a divine purpose and divine calling for our lives. Sometimes we forget this because we try and look for the approval of others instead of the approval of God.
- What does it mean to you that motherhood is a calling? What other pursuits in this life rise to the level of a calling?
Day 5: 2 Timothy 1:5-7
- The fourth truth is to remember that you are a part of a bigger story.
- What you do in life has an impact on more than just you, you can greatly impact those around you.
- What are the multitude of ways that mothers influence their children and the others that they nurture?