Mid-Worship Engagement

Below, you’ll find elements from within the corporate worship gathering including scripture texts, prayers, and other resources depending on the week. These may be beneficial during the service or to refer back to afterwards.

Assigned Scripture

Colossians 1:9-10

          9We have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

Philippians 1:9-11

          9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

Associated Scripture Texts

New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

As we focus on Peter’s first letter over the next few weeks, go further in your study by watching the Bible Project’s overview of 2 Peter. This video breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In 2 Peter, Peter calls for faithfulness and confronts corrupt teachers who distorted the message about Jesus and lead others astray.

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At-Home Response

Following the weekly gathering, you’re invited to respond to the service by engaging in group discussion with those gathered with you. There are also additional activities if you’re looking for more ways to respond!

Discussion Questions

SERMON SYNOPSIS:
The first two virtues of a beautiful life, virtue and knowledge, are often competitors in society today. In reality they are joined, but how? How does knowledge stimulate virtue and how does virtue cultivate more knowledge? In other words, how do we get smarter without becoming insulated or arrogant? To link these two virtues we need to practice the Biblical vision of both as expressed in these prayers of Paul.

1. Knowledge and Virtue: Think of someone who balances those well. How do they do it? If you were to get better at one, which would you choose today? 

2. What is one thing you could do, starting now, to grow in your knowledge of God? What keeps you from doing it?  

3. Name something you’re good at. How might you use that skill or knowledge to serve others even more?

Benediction

invite someone to offer this sending blessing to those gathered: 

          May your love overflow more and more, and may you keep on growing in knowledge and understanding so that your life might bear the fruit of the Spirit. 

          In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, you are sent to join God in bringing his kingdom to earth. 

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Additional Activities

VIDEO RESOURCES

In the beginning of the Bible, God transforms a desolate wilderness into a garden through a stream that waters the ground and brings life wherever it goes. This image gets developed throughout the biblical story as wells, cisterns, rain, and rivers all become images of God’s creative power and even a metaphor for the Holy Spirit. Paul uses this imagery when he speaks of the Spirit producing fruit in us. 

In this video, the Bible Project explores the “water of life” theme through the biblical story and see how it leads to Jesus, who presents himself as the one bringing living water to a world that is desperately thirsty and our call to do the same.

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SCRIPTURE EXERCISES

Take the following portion of this week’s text and “transpose” it into a prayer for someone the Spirit brings to mind. Challenge yourself to come back to this prayer throughout this week considering how you might even participate with Christ in answering it.

I pray that your love
   will overflow more and more,
and that you will keep on growing
   in knowledge and understanding.

For I want you to understand
   what really matters,
so that you may live
   pure and blameless lives
      until the day of Christ’s return.

May you always be filled
   with the fruit of your salvation—
the righteous character
   produced in your life
      by Jesus Christ—
for this will bring much glory
   and praise to God.

OTHER WAYS TO RESPOND

The Sunday Worship Service is the start to a week of continued worship service. God’s kingdom-values are revealed to us each Lord’s Day so we can respond by more faithfully living out those values in our home, work-place, market-place, and all our relationships.

If you would like some practical ways to love others well, specifically during this season of special circumstances, click below to find opportunities.