The Pathway Devotional #3 - What if?

posted by Bethel Community | Apr 30, 2019

“The reasons Christians go to church on Sunday is because we have been rescued from our sins, united with a risen, living Christ and with each other through faith in Jesus. And because of that union with Jesus and with each other, the Bible, God’s word, calls us to regular, weekly expressions of our corporate joy and thankfulness before God in worship, not just isolated Christian individuals scattered around, but corporate gatherings praying and singing and hearing God’s word and celebrating the ordinances of Jesus.”    
John Piper


EXPERIENCE 

The Pathway Devotional #3 - What if? 
Written by Rachal Carr

I was sitting at lunch with two of our interns here at Bethel, an opportunity to connect and learn from each other.  I asked what they had been learning from their time serving in the Creative Arts Team.  They both had the same answer, and although it was not new information, it stuck with me because I needed to hear it again. My heart needed a gentle re-calibration … maybe yours does too? 

Their answer: “Sunday is the day when the body of Christ comes together as one to worship and learn together. Sunday service is not about the individual, it’s about the body of Christ.”  

Spend a few minutes with me, reflecting: 

  1. In preparation for coming to a time of corporate worship on Sunday, do you have a routine to help you enter more fully into that time of worship? If not, what things could you set in order to help move you in that direction?
  2. During Sunday worship service, are you wholeheartedly focusing on God’s glory or do your preferences serve as a distraction when things are not as you would like them? 
  3. Have you ever been on the side of being too analytical and missed what God was trying to say to you? What are some ways to come with a humble heart, postured to hear, learn and apply what God is speaking to you?
  4. What if we served faithfully because we were able to contribute to the building up the body of Christ, not for any other reason? 
- I believe I’d comprehend more of God - the length, width, height and depth of His love, as I worshiped authentically together with the saints. (Read Ephesians 3:14-21 below). I think His Church would be built up, as every part contributed according to their individual talents exercised in love (Read Romans 12:4-8 below).  I believe we would more boldly live out the great commission (Read Matthew 28:18-20 below). It’s a call to my primary purpose - to declare the glory of God.

Take a few moments to read the passages, ask God to speak to you, and then respond through a written prayer. 


Referenced Verses:
Eph. 3:14–21
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. 


Rm. 12:4–8
4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. 


Mt 28:17–20
 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 


The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Eph 3:14–21, Ro 12:4–8, Mt 28:17–20). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


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