Readings and Devotions for July 12-18, 2015

Gods Story

Devotion: Use this resource at home to guide your household’s daily devotions. You can do this alone, as a couple, as a family; in the morning, during the day, or at night. Find a routine that works best for you.

Pray: Light a candle and open your devotion time with a prayer.
God of abundant blessing, we have been baptized with you into death, and therefore have been baptized with you into life. Receive our thanks for giving us new life, for the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Reflect: Reflect on the key verses from Sunday’s reading.
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. Romans 6:4-5

Study: Study the reading and consider the background.
Paul wrote to the question of sin. If we are saved from sin and death, does that mean we are free to sin because ultimately we will be forgiven? Paul didn’t believe so. Paul suggested that we cannot continue in sin and live in Christ simultaneously. When we are baptized, we become dead to sin. That is not to say we do not commit acts of sin, but that we can no longer sustain life in the perpetual state of sin. We are children of God, and are compelled to walk in Christ’s light. Among the baptismal promises is the promise that we will live with God in God’s heavenly kingdom forever.

Read: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding of Sunday’s text. After the reading, ask the follow-up questions.

Follow the book of Romans, as Paul explains humanity’s relationship with God’s righteousness.

Sunday, Romans 6:1-14, Hope of Resurrection

Monday, Romans 9:19-29, God’s Wrath and Mercy

Tuesday, Romans 9:30-33, Israel’s Unbelief

Wednesday, Romans 10:1-21, Salvation for All

Thursday, Romans 12:1-8, The New Life in Christ

Friday, Romans 12:9-21, Marks of the True Christian

Saturday, Romans 13:1-14, Love for One Another

What does life in Christ look like in Paul’s time? What does it look like today?

Connect: Connect in conversation with others in your household. Discuss the following questions, or simply check in with “Highs” and “Lows.”

  • What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
  • Does baptism make a difference? Why or why not? Is it transformational or merely symbolic? Explain.
  • What does it mean to you that you are dead to sin? How does living as a child of God affect the way you behave in the world?

Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s word come alive. Do the following activity this week.
Take a long walk. With each step, consider what it means for your life to “walk in newness of life.”

Bless: Close your devotion with a blessing.
O God, the only Lord of all, grant us faith to trust in your word of salvation. Help us live in hope of resurrection every day. Amen.
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New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Blessing written by Pr. Chip Borgstadt.

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