Prepare To Gather

Prepare To Gather

Read Ephesians 5:1-2

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.


PONDER

  • What does it mean to imitate God? What opportunities do you have to walk in love this week?
  • Love is characterized by sacrifice. Consider Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross, and let this lead you to worship!

PRAY

  • Father, thank you for Jesus who loved us and gave himself for us.
  • Father, help us to see our lives as a living sacrifice to you.
  • Father, guard us from walking in the futility of our minds. Help us to be imitators of you.
  • Father, in Christ you have called us according to your purpose. Help us to walk according to your calling.
  • Father, prepare me to gather with my church and worship you. You are worthy! To you be the glory!

Sing: Listen to this week’s songs on Spotify


PRactice

Gather! 9:30am or 11:00am.

5 Practices to Gathering Well:

  • Be Present – The first step to gathering well: Gather!
  • Be Early – Prioritize the gathering with your time. Don’t be late. The practical discipleship of this priority can be profound for you and your family.
  • Be Prepared – Ponder, pray, sing, fast, and praise are all good ways to prepare.
  • Be Uncomfortable – Sit with different people. Sing loud. Challenge routines. Gather on mission.
  • Be Responsive – Don’t just be hearers of the word, be doers. Pray. Ponder. Repent. Change. Practice. Respond in action. Too often we gather to affirm what we already hold, rather than be taught, rebuked, corrected, or trained in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Gather to be transformed.

Talk about the things of the Lord in your families and your Go Groups. Make it a regular practice to ponder, pray, and practice the truths of God’s Word. Check out the Behind the Message podcast as a way to help start your conversations.


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