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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?

Day 2: Colossians 3:8-11, John 17:9-11

  • 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:

Day 1: Romans 5:6-10, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

  • 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?

Day 4: Galatians 1:10, Ephesians 2:10, 2 Peter 1:10

  • 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?
Here is a link for sermon notes: whoisgrace.com/sermons.