Power of naming to build intimacy and strengthen our faith
2/28: Read Ps 22: 23-31
Consider the names of the churches you have been a part of. What did their names and the people have in common? Did the name of the church reflect the character of the congregation? The early church was called “The Way.” What would you name the church you want to belong to, the future generation of people who worship the Lord?
Pray: I praise you O God. I have vowed to serve you. May the name I am remembered by display my praise for you.
3/1: Read Romans 4: 13-25
Remember a time when hope seemed dead. Did you pray? If you were to write a letter to that God, by what name would you address God and how would you sign the letter? What does it mean to be on a first name basis with the one who gives life to the dead?
Pray: Holy One (insert your name for God), I praise you for the resurrections I’ve witnessed throughout my life, when hope seemed lost. Love, (insert your name).
See you in worship (G@TR)
3/2: Read Mark 8: 31-38
Consider the names, “Son of Man,” and “Satan.” Google the meanings of these titles. Some newer translations emphasize Jesus humanity by replacing this title with, “Human One,” and Satan with “Evil One.” How do these names affect your perception of the characters. In what ways does your life reflect the character of the Son of Man/Human One and Satan/Evil One?
Pray: God of all humanity, by your Spirit may I continue to grow into the fullness of humanity that you made me to be.
3/3: Read Mark 8: 31-38
Earlier this week we read of God as a life-giver (even a life-saver). Here we read of the Human One as destined for suffering and death at the hands of religious leaders. In what ways can the church become more aligned with life-giving and less with death-dealing? How can you become more life-giving every day?
Pray: God of life, teach me to offer life in your name.
3/4: See you in worship. This week’s readings will be: Ex. 20:1-17; Ps 19; I Cor 1 18-25; John 2:13-22