5-5-5 Daily Devotions: Transformed, Part 6 “Created for Community” July 11-12, 2020

5-5-5 Daily Devotions

Transformed, Part 6
"Created for Community"
July 11-12, 2020​

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Day 1

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

Conversation Starter

When is it important to invest in relationships?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:25-29 NLT (Bible.com)

There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 14:12 NLT (Bible.com)

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Sometimes our best intentions get us into trouble.

Choose to invest in relationships now!

Don’t wait until life surprises you to build community. We need each other!

Application (5 minutes)

Have you ever been guilty of “knowing” what the Bible says and yet not “doing” it? If you haven’t experienced it, do you really “know” it?

Can you describe what it means to “love God” with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind?

Are you tempted to put rules on “who” can be your neighbor?

How can pride isolate?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your loving Heavenly Father in prayer for a few minutes, ask him to reveal your insecurities and give you peace. This sets the stage for loving your neighbor as you have learned to love yourself!

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

Conversation Starter

Who are you most compassionate towards?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” Luke 10:30-37 NLT (Bible.com)

Jesus said, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.” Matthew 7:12 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Human love STARTS and STOPS with you. God’s love flows TO you and THROUGH you.

God’s love is something you receive. You let it flow TO you, and then you see that it’s bigger than you, so you pass it on.

Application (5 minutes)

What resources did the “despised” Samaritan freely spend on the man on whom he had compassion?

How do you think the “expert in religious law” took this story? Jesus was telling him to stop making excuses and go BE a neighbor like the despised Samaritan.

Human love is limited and restricted. God’s love is limitless and unconditional. Which are you showing?

How can Jesus tell hard truths and still speak with love for the other person’s good?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Spend a few minutes receiving God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance of you. Then ask him to help you BE a good neighbor!

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

Conversation Starter

Who is your hero? Whose attitude do you imitate?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges ; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:1-13 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Don’t assume people think the way you think, feel the way you feel, or see the world the way you think they should.

Kindness and humility and careful listening—not to bring them to me, but to bring me to them—is how we will provide the solution that Jesus has given us, to be reconciled to God and have a new life.

God’s solution includes you!

Application (5 minutes)

Look back on your life before Christ. Are you now experiencing these incredible gifts?

What would change if you followed these teachings?

What surprises you about the attitude of Jesus?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father, consider expressing appreciation for who Jesus was and how he lived. Ask God to help you have the attitude of Christ Jesus.

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

Conversation Starter

What makes you truly angry?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Colossians 3:1-11 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

We must turn away from sin because Jesus has given us a new life to live.

Life is better together—we are created for community!

Application (5 minutes)

“Think about the things of heaven”—what top three “things of heaven” will help you refocus today?

Is there anything “lurking within you” that you need to “put to death”?

Why is the anger of God coming?

What “situations in life” no longer matter when compared with living a new life in Jesus?

What implications does this new life have for the community we were created for (the church)?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father, ask him to help you refocus on Heaven, repent of your sins, and renew your relationships!

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

Conversation Starter

How big is your circle? Is it focused inward or outward?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:12-17 NLT (Bible.com)

Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:37-38 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

What matters is proximity.

Don’t enjoy good times alone and don’t endure bad times alone. You harvest what you plant—build community ahead of time for the good times and the bad times.

If YOU are the sum total of your circle, you will be limited to your strengths, limitations, experiences, and creativity. If the body of Christ is your circle, you have access to unlimited strengths, others will fill in the gaps on your limitations, you will have new and shared experiences, and you can benefit from the group’s creativity. And more importantly, with Jesus as the head of the body, and the Holy Spirit giving us wisdom and strength, we are an unstoppable force in this world for good. Not even death can stop the church!

Make your circle outward focused!

Application (5 minutes)

Why is important for your circle to be bigger than your comfort level?

God chose YOU to be a part of the holy people he loves. Have you accepted that? What do you want to “clothe” yourself with next?

Why is forgiveness important? Who does it affect most, the giver or the recipient?

If death cannot stop the church, should we be a people of hope or of fear?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes interacting with God in prayer, ask him for his power to help you love, forgive, and be at peace with others.

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