NOTE: Please use the devotional studies below to help you prepare for the upcoming weekend worship services.
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1. Over the last two weeks of our Legacy series, you have heard the importance of leaving a lasting legacy: a spiritual faith legacy. Creating the legacy doesn't have to be perfect, it doesn't have to be complicated to have an impact, but it does have to be intentional.
2. Leaving a legacy of money or possessions is good, but the best thing that we can leave for those who come after us is a legacy of devotion, faith, and being faithfully devoted to the grace of God; a legacy that points others to Jesus and His life, death, and resurrection.
3. This week we get the chance to host Michelle Stamm from Family Time Ministry. She will teach us the “how to” of this process. Michelle will share her story and walk us through a tool, Total Access, that we are providing you to leave a legacy of loving Jesus.
4. Do you have a family devotion time? Are you praying with your children or grandchildren? Are you leaving a legacy of faith? Start to think about when and where you can make a lasting impact on the next generation. Where are you going to start? What are you going to do? What is the next step to increase, to solidify that legacy of loving Jesus?
5. If you haven't started, start simple! Simply pray and thank God for your food before meals. Maybe incorporate a short simple devotion before or after dinner. Ask your kids how their days was and if there is anything you can pray with them about that’s happening in their life before bed. Set the example - let them see you relentless pursuing the love of Jesus.
1. Imagine someone calling you to follow them: what would that look like? What would they have to say to get you to leave your entire life behind - all that you have ever known - to live a life following this person? What would they have to do to convince you this is the right choice? What kind of personality or characteristics would they need to have? What signs or proof would you need?
2. In Matthew Chapter 3, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist (his cousin), then immediately afterwards, Jesus is driven into the wilderness to face the temptations of the devil. After defeating the devil’s temptation, Jesus begins his public ministry with what words, in verse 17? What was John’s message in Chapter 3:2?
3. Jesus is walking by the sea of Galilee and sees Simon (Jesus renames him Peter) and Andrew his brother, fishermen, casting a net into the sea. With what words does Jesus use to call them to follow him? Are Jesus’ words simple or complex?
4. How quickly do Simon and Andrew, James and John in verse 22 and Matthew in 9:9, respond? Do they question Jesus or ask for proof? What does this mean about Jesus?
5. Who is Jesus attracting in Matthew 9:10? What was their position in society? What was the Pharisee criticizing Jesus for, and why? What was their goal in questioning Jesus?
6. What does Jesus say He wants? Why does He turn the criticism back on the Pharisees? Who does Jesus say He came for? Are you living your life trying to be better than others and striving after perfection?
7. What does Jesus give that is different from the world? Who is need of it? Who in your life is in need of what only Jesus can offer?
8. What do we have to acknowledge about ourselves before we are ready to receive what Jesus offers? Why is this such good news? What does Jesus offer that can only be obtained through faith in Him?
Read John 3:1-21
Read John 3:22-36.