St. John’s EBCs, Everyday Bible Conversations!
For the week leading to worship, Sunday, October 17th
This week’s Theme: You’re Blessed to be a Blessing!
Readings: We Make The Road By Walking, Chapter 6;
Genesis 12:1-9; Galatians 3:6-9; Mark 11:15-19
Summary of the Reading
This week’s readings begin with God’s calling to Abram and Sarai. “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Faithful to God, they leave their comfortable home to start a great new nation for God in the land of Canaan. But Abram’s and Sarai’s story can be misunderstood. The story implies lineage – a sense of birthright with God, and an exclusion of others from God. Galatians 3:6-9, however, makes clear that we are all part of God’s people, not by virtue of our family tree, but by virtue of our faith. As Brian McLaren beautifully states: “True faith. . . isn’t a mark of superiority or exclusion. True faith is about joining God in God’s love for everyone.” (WMRW 114-15)
A Joyful Action Question:
If the grandest diamond sits in a dark, locked box, who is there to see and enjoy its beauty? Do you trust that God made you a wonderful, talented, unique person? He did! In what ways do you use the unique and awesome talents God gave you to be a blessing for others? What blessings has God given you that you could do more to share with others?
An Everyday Question:
Do you view God as having extended a “prize” to Abram and Sarai for their faithfulness? After all, God promised that their names would be “great.” That they would be the beginning of a “great nation.” What if you could hear God plainly and clearly right now, and he were to tell you how to make a difference in the world (1) that God wants, and (2) for which you will be remembered? What would you do with such a message?
An Action Step:
God is speaking to you – take a moment to listen. There is a real plan that God (1) wants for you, and (2) for which you will be remembered. Have the faith to hear it and do it!
Don’t like these questions? Do these verses and WMRW say something different to you?
Great! What it is?
Find a friend (or two or many) and take an EBC coffee break! Find 15-25 minutes somewhere in the week and come to share or just listen enjoy company. Have fun finding God this week in your Everyday Life!