You'll find that the prayer portions of each day this week are Psalms to pray through. We want to introduce this idea in light of our upcoming sermon series through the Psalms. If the idea of praying using scripture is new to you, here's a very short article about how to use, scripture like the Psalms, to pray.
Jesus meets messed up people where they are.
Do you tend to struggle with the shame of past sins or the sin of self-righteousness?
Be honest with your heart and consider the ways you are "messed up"? Where has Jesus had to meet you in your story?
Who in your life do you tend to think is beyond the grace of God to save? Take a few moments and pray specifically for those people.
"Scandal Of Grace"
Jesus makes messed up people new again.
In it's context, the passage is a promise to the people of Israel. Through Jesus that promise is extended to us. What are some practical implication of God giving us new hearts when he saves us?
We tend to focus on behavior modification when the real goal of the gospel is heart change. In what ways do tend to focus on behavior modification instead of heart change in your walk with the Lord?
It is often said that Jesus did not come to make bad people good but to make dead people alive. This is true for you! How does this stir your affections and affect your worship?
"I Am Not The Same"
Jesus uses messed up people to spread the gospel.
1 Peter 2:9-10
Who are those people you listed on day one? Pray for them again and ask for the Spirit to help you believe that God not only can save those people but also use them to continue spreading the gospel.
Who are you sharing the gospel with currently? (3-4-5 plan)
Pastor Steven said that we all have a story to tell of God's grace and mercy. Our stories can be powerful tools when sharing the gospel. How well do you know your own story? Do you know it well enough to share it? Take a few moments and actually write out your story as if you were sharing it with someone.
"Redeemed To Redeem"
Austin Stone Worship