Taking the Word to Heart for August 2-8, 2015

TakingTheWordToHeart

Use these suggestions to help you apply God’s Word to your life day in and day out.

Pray: Pray together or by yourself. You may want to take a few deep breaths to center yourself on God’s presence before you begin to pray out loud.

God our Savior,
in your goodness and loving kindness,
you cleanse us through baptism
and renew us through the Holy Spirit
and the grace of Jesus Christ.
Renew us again,
that by good works and gentleness
we may witness to your love and mercy.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Remember the Key Verse from Sunday’s reading

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone. -Titus 3:1–2 NRSV

Discuss: Over a meal, a cup of coffee, or the like, discuss these questions with family or friends.

  • What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
  • In what ways have you been foolish or disobedient? How has God forgiven and renewed you?
  • What are some ways we can be gentle, courteous, and devoted to good works?

Read: Dwell in the Word by reading from the Bible each day.

What does the Scripture say about good works and gentleness?

Sunday Titus 3:1-11 Gentleness and Good Works

Monday Matthew 5:14-16 Good Works and Light

Tuesday 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Rich in Good Works

Wednesday Galatians 5:22-26 Gentleness a Fruit of the Spirit

Thursday Galatians 6:1-5 Gentleness and Restoration

Friday 1 Peter 3:13-16 Gentleness in Suffering

Saturday James 3:13-18 Wisdom and Gentleness

Do: Put your faith into action.

At least three times this week, do a “good work” for someone else. (At least once, do so for someone you don’t know.) Some examples: pay for someone’s meal, groceries, or gas; help someone with a heavy load; take cookies to a neighbor. The possibilities are endless.

Remember: Use a notebook or journal to write or draw about the Scriptures you have read, the questions you have discussed, or the actions you have taken. Write down your questions for God and ways you have seen God at work in the world.

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