REDISCOVER JESUS: Monday, February 19

Monday, February 19                

So often, we lose the sense of wonder that comes along with the story of Jesus' time on earth. The God of the universe wrapped Himself in sinew and muscle to draw as near to us as He possibly could and to love us to death. This 40-day devotional is designed to get us back to basics - to re-read the stories we have begun to skip over or think we know so well that we couldn't possibly learn anything more from. Each day, you'll be asked to reflect on what you already know about a story (if it's nothing, that's okay!); to read the text from the Bible; to notice something new about the story; and to read a portion of the same text, straight from the pages of a children's Bible. The goal is to REDISCOVER the wonder of Jesus' gigantic love for us. It seems so simple, and yet for some reason, we make it so complicated.

God loves us. Let's spend this season remembering how much.

Tower of Babel

CONNECT #1:

What, if anything, do you think you already know about the Tower of Babel?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 11

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"You see, God knew, however high they reached, however hard they tried, people could never get back to heaven by themselves. People didn’t need a staircase; they needed a Rescuer. Because the way back to heaven wasn’t a staircase; it was a Person.

People could never reach up to Heaven, so heaven would have to come down to them.

And, one day, it would."

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

REDISCOVER JESUS: Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

FEBRUARY 17 AND 18 - ACT

ACT:

As Paul says in Romans 12:1-2, "So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it."

WAYS TO SERVE THIS WEEK:

  • Engage in conversation with the people who serve you (e.g. shopkeepers)
  • Say thank you to someone as they work and say how much you appreciate them
  • Call in on an elderly neighbour - take some cake, have a cup of tea and a chat
  • Shop locally and support local farmers, growers, shopkeepers
  • Show some love to your neighborhood and pick up litter or see if there is anything more you can recycle at home

REDISCOVER JESUS: Friday, February 16

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16                            

NOAH’S ARK

 

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the story of Noah’s Ark?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 6:9-7:5; 7:17-8:12

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"It was a new beginning in God’s world. It wasn’t long before everything went wrong again but God wasn’t surprised, he knew this would happen. That’s why, before the beginning of time, he had another plan – a better plan. A plan not to destroy the world, but to rescue it – a plan to one day send his own Son, the Rescuer. God’s strong anger against hate and sadness and death would come down once more – but not on his people, or his world. No, God’s war bow was not pointing down at his people. It was pointing up, into the heart of Heaven."

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

REDISCOVER JESUS: Thursday, February 15

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15            

SIN AND THE FALL

 

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the story of Adam, Eve, and the snake?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 3.

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"In another story, it would all be over and that would have been THE END. But not in this Story. God loved his children too much to let the story end there. Even though he knew he would suffer, God had a plan – a magnificent dream. One day, he would get his children back. One day, he would make the world their perfect home again. And one day, he would wipe away every tear from their eyes. You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children – with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. And though they would forget him, and run from him, deep in their hearts, God’s children would miss him always, and long for him – lost children yearning for their home. Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: “It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you! And when I do, I’m going to do battle against the snake. I’ll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here. I’m coming back for you!” And he would. One day, God himself would come."

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

REDISCOVER JESUS: Wednesday, February 14 (Ash Wednesday)

So often, we lose the sense of wonder that comes along with the story of Jesus' time on earth. The God of the universe wrapped Himself in sinew and muscle to draw as near to us as He possibly could and to love us to death. This 40-day devotional is designed to get us back to basics - to re-read the stories we have begun to skip over or think we know so well that we couldn't possibly learn anything more from. Each day, you'll be asked to reflect on what you already know about a story (if it's nothing, that's okay!); to read the text from the Bible; to notice something new about the story; and to read a portion of the same text, straight from the pages of a children's Bible. The goal is to REDISCOVER the wonder of Jesus' gigantic love for us. It seems so simple, and yet for some reason, we make it so complicated.

God loves us. Let's spend this season remembering how much.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

CREATION

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the creation story?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 1-2.

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"God looked at everything he had made. “Perfect!” he said. And it was.

But all the stars and the mountains and oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children. He would move heaven and earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him, he would always love them.

And so it was that the wonderful love story began…"

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?