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This Week's Readings:

Day 1-

READ:  Matthew 28:18-20

REFLECT:  Take out your journal, or a piece of paper, and in your own words write out what the Great Commission says to you. Who are we supposed to make disciples, according to the passage of scripture? How should this shape our plan of contributing to the call God has given His church?

PRACTICE:  Decide one way that is not in your normal routine that you can share your story with others in order to point them to God.


READ:  Pastor Oswald J Smith once said “Any church not involved in the Great Commission has forfeited it’s Biblical right to exist.”

REFLECT:  This is a very bold statement by Oswald J Smith that doesn’t pull any punches. What are your thoughts about this statement? How do you see Grace answering this call?

PRACTICE:  Pray that God would grow your desire to share your story with others, and that He would provide those opportunities.

Day 2-

READ:  Matthew 9:37-38

REFLECT:  Prayer is a vital part of reaching the lost for Christ. In this passage Jesus instructs us to ask God for workers to be sent out to share the gospel with the unsaved. It is interesting that He instructs us to pray for something, and one of the answers to that prayer is you. What do you need to do in your life in order to be an answer to this very prayer that you are instructed to pray?

PRACTICE:  make a list of those closest to you that you want to share your faith story with and pray for them individually.



REFLECT:  Utilize the above as a resource to help you communicate with those closest to you. 

Day 3-

READ:  Hebrews 10:23-25

REFLECT:  There is great power in the unity that comes from believers meeting together in the name of Christ. As we meet together we are instructed to stir up one another to love and good works. Who at your site are you called to “stir up”?

PRACTICE: Think of one or two people at your site that you will encourage this Sunday when you see them, to step into the calling God has given them. Think and pray over how to best encourage them.



REFLECT:  Bill Hybels presents the question in this video, “Will the local church, the hope of the world, be able to sustain itself until the end of time?” Take time to think through the answer to this. 

Day 4-

READ:  Acts 8:4-8

REFLECT: Philip is going to Samaria at this point to preach the gospel right after Stephen was murdered for the sake of Christ. He scattered from Jerusalem and started to preach the word of God to a drastically different culture that was viewed as the enemy to many Israelites. The crowds “with one accord” listened to what was being preached, and responded. There were unclean spirits that came out of many of them as Philip preached. What does this say about the transformative power of the gospel, that it crossed cultural barriers and had major results?

PRACTICE:  Pray for God to reveal to you in what way He is calling you to serve the city of Erie during Transform 1:8.



REFLECT:  As you take time to read through Serverie’s About page, what Guiding Principal resonates with you the most?


Day 5-

READ:  Acts 1:8

REFLECT:  What does God mean when He says, “and to the end of the earth”? Which one of our three Global Partners that we have at Grace fires you up the most? What are some of the ways that you can answer this call for involvement with spreading the gospel to the global church?

PRACTICE:  Choose one Global Partner to educate yourself about more, and ways that you can get involved. (email )


READ:  2 Corinthians 5:20

REFLECT:  As we go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth proclaiming the gospel I encourage you to memorize this passage so you can be reminded of the purpose and vision of spreading the gospel. We are God’s ambassadors!

Last Week's Readings:

Day 1-

READ:  Exodus 3:1-8

REFLECT:  What did Moses have to do before God called him? What might you have to do so you can hear God’s call in your life?

PRACTICE:  Moses had to see what God was doing before he heard God’s call. Think about one great thing God is doing in our church and spend some time listening for God to tell you how He wants you to be involved.


READ: Exodus 4:1,4:10, 4:12, 4:17

REFLECT:  In these verses are four things to do when God calls you:

1—Stay away from “what ifs”

2—Don’t focus on your weaknesses  

3—Be obedient to GO  

4—Use what God gives you (even if it’s just a stick in your hand)

PRACTICE:  Pray and ask God what He’s calling you to do today

Day 2-

READ:  1 Samuel 3:1-15

REFLECT:  What did Samuel have to do before he heard what God wanted to say to him?

PRACTICE:  Samuel had to recognize God was calling him and be willing to listen.  Decide how you can make some time today to listen for God.


READ:  1 Samuel 3:16-21

REFLECT:  Samuel moved into God’s calling for him. What was the secret of his success? (vs. 19)

PRACTICE:  Listen to the song “Here I Am, Lord”  and, if you are willing, make it your prayer.


Day 3-

READ:   Acts 9:1-18

REFLECT:  Two men are called in this passage—Saul and Ananias.  Saul was not a believer when the Lord spoke to him, but Ananias was.  How did each of them respond differently to the Lord? 

PRACTICE:  Watch this 4 minute video about God’s calling on your life --


READ:  Luke 9:23-25

REFLECT:  What does it mean to “take up (your) cross daily”?  Is this what Jesus calls all of us to?

PRACTICE:  Jesus calls us to follow Him daily, not just on Sunday.  List some ways this truth makes a difference in the way you live out your day.

Day 4-

READ:  Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 2:13-14

REFLECT:  What was Jesus’ call to His first followers?  How did they respond to His call?  Why do you think they followed Him so quickly? 

PRACTICE:  Take some time to imagine yourself in the place of those early disciples. Do you think Jesus’ call to them was different from His call to you?  Why or why not? 


READ:  Luke 9:57-62

REFLECT:  How was the response of these potential followers of Jesus different? (Note: Jesus was not saying we should not take care of family responsibilities, but instead of following Him immediately these men were making excuses. Jesus is making it clear—He is the first priority for His followers and we care for our families in obedience to Jesus not in place of Him.)

PRACTICE:  Pray and ask Jesus to show you if there is any person or anything in your life that is more important to you than Him.

Day 5-

READ:  1 Timothy 6:6-16

REFLECT:  How does material contentment help our spiritual lives? What should we run away from and what should we run after? What would it look like in your daily life to PURSUE righteousness and godliness?

PRACTICE:   Reflect on what you would like your walk with God to look like three years from now. Write down three steps you will commit to take to grow you to that point.


READ:  2 Timothy 1:1-12

REFLECT:  God has called us with a ‘holy calling’ to live a holy life. What is our part in this?

PRACTICE:  Pray and ask God to show you an area of your life He wants to work on with you. 

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