Grace Point Church At-Home Worship
February 11, 2018
Weather cannot keep us from worshiping! We may not be physically together today, but we can worship and learn together. Our prayer is that we interact with God as the Grace Point family.
Family Guide (POST PHOTOS: #familyworshipGPC)
Inclement Weather days are the PERFECT days to disciple your family within your own home. You can even do it KidNation style if you have children in the home (if you don’t, jump to the song link below the next paragraph)!
To continue learning about Kindness (we’re on week 2), our life application for February, Click HERE to register, then click on “KIDSHOME.” To get the full benefit of the materials, click on the Fun2WATCH tab first to watch the bible story of Ruth and Boaz that we have planned for this week. Then, you can continue with the other tabs – Fun2DO (a family activity and craft), Fun2LISTEN (A worship song to listen to together), Fun2Read (READ the bible story together and answer quiz questions). We will send you our weekly devotions that the kids can do through our KidNation Parent Email. If you would like to join our mailing list – click HERE!
Worship through Song
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music…Psalm 98:4
Listen and worship through THIS SONG.
Worship through Reading and Meditation
(Lean into one phrase at a time. Let it soak in)
1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Worship through Study
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. —Joshua 1:8 (NLT)
Paul of the Bible didn’t write No Longer Slaves – obviously! But it beautifully encapsulates the message in his book of to the Roman church. Romans is the first of twenty books in the New Testament that are actually letters. Reading these letters is like listening to one side of a telephone conversation. You actually don’t hear the dialogue, but you are aware that what you are hearing is part of a larger, ongoing conversation.
We start a new study in Romans today as a church family. Pastor Mike will be leading us in this 20-week journey. Romans contains much that may be familiar to long-time church goers, verses that ring true today just as much as they did in 57 A.D. when Paul wrote 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” and 8:38-39, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” along with many others.
Paul’s letter to the Roman church is best known for its vision of God’s gracious actions toward humanity through the cross and resurrection of Christ. There is something deeply wrong with us individually, and with the world as a whole, from which we need to be saved, (1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek”) and Romans tells us how God is saving us from it.
Questions for discussion and reflection: (Read in several translations):
Who needs salvation? Read Romans 1:18-23
What can we do to be saved? Read Romans 3:21-24
What is the source of salvation? Read Romans 5:8-11
Since salvation is only the beginning of Christian experience, Paul goes on to show how believers are freed from sin, law and death—a provision made possible by the union with Christ in both death and resurrection and by the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
None of Paul’s other letters states so profoundly the content of the gospel and its implications for both the present and the future.
Let’s pause here for a moment. When you hear the word “Gospel,” what comes to mind? In other words, how do you define it and what meaning does it have for you? (Take time to process if you’re working through this alone. If you’re with others, give everyone a chance to respond and discuss.)
This salvation is expressed as a movement, a transformation, from death to life (read 5:17), from being under the power of sin (read 6:3-11), and from being a slave of sin to being the servant of God (read 6:20-22).
Paul tells how God’s salvation affects our wisdom, our honesty, our relationships, our judgment, our ability to endure setbacks, our character, and our ethical reasoning, all of which are life-changing. The result is that we no longer consider our lives to be about us, but about bringing God glory as he grows us and shapes us and our lives begin to bear fruit (See Galatians 5:22).
Worship through Meditation
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. Psalm 119:15
How do your knowledge of and experience with the gospel play out in your every-day, walking-around life? What do you do, say, or think differently because of the gospel?
If you were to ask those closest to you, would they say you live out the gospel daily where you live, work, learn, and play?
Worship through Action
“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only” James 1:22
Identify one specific area in which you can regularly reflect the reality of the gospel in your life. Tell someone what that is. Ask that person to commit to pray for you as you seek to live out the gospel.
Worship through Giving
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. —Proverbs 11:24-25
Ministry and missions doesn’t only happen when the weather is nice. It is a 24/7 365 days a year effort. To those who are consistent and budgeted with their generosity to GPC, you enable us to continue to be and to mobilize the church, regardless of the weather.
You can set up consistent budget generosity through the link below as well as give one time gifts. Let your giving be a reflection of how God has blessed you. CLICK HERE to give.
Worship through Prayer
“…strive together with me in your prayers to God” Romans 15:30
Voice a prayer of thanksgiving to God…for a warm home on days like today, that the body of Christ can still worship together, for His love on display in Scripture and in lives around us. Commit the week ahead to unceasing communion with God in prayer.
Live in Anticipation…
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” Psalm 122:1
Let’s approach next week in prayerful anticipation. Buckle up! None other than Martin Luther, John Wesley and many other notable persons of faith found their lives transformed by the message of this book. They then went on to become world-changers as they applied the truth that faith is all that is necessary to become acceptable to God. The next could be you. Before next Sunday, try to read at least Romans 14-16 (Yes, Mike will be starting from the back