5-5-5 Daily Devotions: “INAM-It’s Not About Me, Part 1” August 22-23, 2020

5-5-5 Daily Devotions

INAM "It's Not About Me" Part 1
August 22-23, 2020

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

How do you know when a brand-new, shiny tool has achieved its purpose?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from God!” Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was. “The Son of Man [a title Jesus used for himself] must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:18-27 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

If I am not careful, I can easily slip into a “me first” mindset.

Jesus said that to be his disciple, I have to “take up my cross daily.”

Application (5 minutes)

In what ways are you tempted to “hang on to your life”?

What is the goal of praying for health and safety—is it so you can “hang on to your life” or to more effectively “take up your cross” and “give up your life”?

In what ways are you tempted to be ashamed of Jesus and his message?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, help me not cling to my life but to spend it, giving it away to honor you and participate in your work of reconciling people to yourself through Jesus!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What makes someone “good”?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. As a result, other Jewish believers followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.

When I saw that they were not following the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others, “Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions? “You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”

But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. Galatians 2:11-21 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

When Jesus came to earth, he didn’t come to get anything from us. He came to do something for us.

Application (5 minutes)

Many think Christianity is a system of maturing from a “bad” person to a “good” person through a series of rules (the “law” in the Scripture above). Christianity is a call for my “old self” to DIE so that I can be made into a NEW PERSON. That’s a gift that can’t be worked for or earned—it simply must be accepted.

What does it mean, “Christ lives in me”?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for giving me a new life securely founded not on my performance but on my acceptance of your sacrifice for me. Thank you for giving me new life!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Describe a perfect day—who would be in it, and what would you do?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”

When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him. That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick. This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.” Matthew 8:1-17 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Jesus reached out and touched the leper. Jesus is not afraid to reach out and touch our mess. Jesus can take your mess and turn it into a miracle.

Application (5 minutes)

Remember how Jesus said that his followers would do even greater things than these? How might God use you to bring life and healing to others?

What did it take to get healing from Jesus?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, you are kind, and your kindness is intended not merely to relieve suffering but to bring us to repentance. Help me have a heart of repentance for my own sin so you can use me to help others be reconciled to you!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Do you prefer to talk or listen? Why?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.

“And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead. For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today. I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.”

At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!

“My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:20-30 NLT (Bible.com)

So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession. James 1:16-18 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

The people of Capernaum did not recognize Jesus or his work.

A huge danger for us is this: we don’t “see” Jesus at work in our own lives, because he’s not doing what we want him to do. If we don’t recognize what God is doing or wanting to do in our lives, it is easy to become hard, untrusting, legalistic and judgmental. Sometimes we need to step back and just thank God, because every good thing in my life comes from the hand of God.

Application (5 minutes)

What does God have to do in MY life to bring me to repentance?

Who do I give credit for the good things in my life?

The church, out of all God’s creation, is God’s “prized possession.” Thoughts?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, we are weary and carry heavy burdens. We trust that you do not make them worse but give us your strength to lift them. Thank you for your kindness—give me opportunities to share your kindness with others!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What is your greatest example?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.

Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. We have an altar from which the priests in the Tabernacle have no right to eat. Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. Hebrews 13:1-17 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Here at Antioch, our mission is to “lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” Antioch is not about information (how much we know or don’t know). We are all about transformation. At Antioch, we believe that everyone has a next step.

Application (5 minutes)

What is your next step?

Are you a rule-breaker, rule-ignorer, rule-follower, rule-maker? How is it going for you?

Fill in the blank: my strength comes from __________________.

Are you looking forward to your “home yet to come”?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for suffering in my place to give me new life. Help me to pour it out as a gift back to you.

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