ordinary way

In Galatians 4 Paul compares two sons that were born from two different women from Abraham.  One son was born according to the flesh/in a natural way, the other son was born according to promise/the spirit (v.23, v29).  What does he mean by this?

The son born according to the flesh was born a slave.  The son born according to the promise was born free.  Paul then goes on to say that were are not children of the slave, but of the free woman (v.31).  What do you think it means to live as a child of the flesh? what do you think it means to live as a child of promise? 

Are there any times recently that you know you've lived as a child of the flesh?

Are there anytime recently that you know you've lived as a child of promise? 

How can the group pray for specifically to live more as a child of promise? 


known by god

Do you think it's true that we give some things/idols godlike power to rule over us?

Do you have any gods that you bow down to/ have bowed down to? What enslaves you?

What is the significance of "being known by God" as Paul talked about? 

How does knowledge impact our lives day to day?

Do you let this knowledge impact your life day to day?

What are some ways that could help you bring a deeper and more intentional awareness of being known by God into your day to day? 

children of god | gal 3.24-4.7

1. has there been a time in your life, recently or in the past, where you felt like you weren't accepted by God? 

2. has there been a time in your life, recently or in the past where you felt without a doubt, that God loves you and accepts you? 

3. How do you think Emmaus does with acceptance?

4. How are you personally with acceptance of other believers?

gal 3.14-24 | reflection questions

What was the purpose of the Law? 

What are some implications that we can draw from v. 21? 

David mentioned two phrases: "believe and obey, and then you are saved," and "believe and be saved, then you can obey," and then stated that the latter was true.  How has this looked in your life? 

what does it mean for a christian to no longer be under the law (v.25) and yet obligated to pursue righteousness (1 Pet 1.16)? What does this look like in a christians life? 

god at work | reflection questions

The gospel has power to transform us and Paul shares his story of how that worked for him. He also gives us real life examples of how the gospels implications work there way into all areas of our lives. Through his story we are challenged to bring every area of our lives into line with this Gospel.

1. How has the Gospel impacted you the most recently and\or in the past?

2. Has there ever been a time where you encountered hypocrisy in your own life? share

3. Do you currently feel every area of your life is in line with the Gospel? 

4. If you were to set a goal this week for you to try and align your life more with the Gospel, what would that be? 

a prayer for president trump

this prayer was originally written for President Obama, and adjusted for President Trump. I am committed to praying for this our new President and for our country. I hope you will too. As Peter said during the time of Nero — “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor” — and as Paul encouraged us to pray for our leaders — ” I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Our prayer today, Our Father, is for our President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Our prayers include [Please add your prayers as well]:

That You, the infinite font of wisdom, might grant him wisdom daily, for our country and for our relations with the world.

That You, the loving God of all, might grant him love for you and for others, including especially our enemies and with a renewed commitment to work together for peace and justice. That not only the teachings but also the cruciform life of Jesus may shape his vision for our world.

That You, the holy and righteous God of justice, might empower him to do what is right in all that he does and that he might pursue what is right from the moment he arises until the moment he sleeps, and that what is right will shape his policies and institutions.

That You, the Lord, might grant him the charisma of insight to lead in this turbulent world and time and that this charisma might be used for the good for everyone in the world. We pray this especially for the turbulence in the Middle East where suggestions are simpler than solutions and bombs more common than olive branches. Give him the insight to speak peace to all.

That You, the One God, might grant him the graces of unity in bringing together our divided country, including our Senate and House, our financial wizards and the common worker, and our leaders and people.

That You, the Healer, might grant him the grace of reconciling damaged relations in this country and in the world about us. That healing might occur between all races, between all countries, between men and women.

That You, the God of Life, might grant him a commitment to act for all —

the unborn and born, the young and old, the civilian and the soldier —

to preserve life and honor that each of us is fashioned in the image of God.

That You, the Father, might grant him the time and wisdom to father his daughters and sons and to be a loving husband to his wife Melania. We commit ourselves, also, to pray for his family as a family. That You, O Great Guardian, might protect his children from harm. Keep the family safe.

And that you might deliver him from the powerful temptation to pride, that you might remind him daily that we are mortal and that you alone are Immortal, and that humility may attend his every way and day.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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