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Simple but Powerful
During World War II, researchers and scientists came up with, what at the time was revolutionary and ground-breaking, an idea to help planes have fewer crashes. They invented something known as the pre-flight checklist, which was a series of very simple tasks that, if the pilots followed, would ensure a safe takeoff every single time. At the time, this idea seemed so simple. But they found that a great mission demanded something simple to ensure success.  This story reminds us of the story of Naaman in the Old Testament in 2 Kings. He had a skin disease, and he traveled to another country to visit the prophet, Elisha. Elisha tells him to go to the creek and dunk himself seven times to bring healing. Initially, Naaman's offended because he wants something grand. 2 Kings 5:10-11 reads, “Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, ‘Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.’ But Naaman went away angry and said, 'I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.'” He wanted some impressive miracle, not some dirty creek, but he humbles himself and he's healed. There's a sense that when we talk about wrecking the roof, we want to be part of something monumental. We want to be part of something that God's never done before in history. We want something outside the box or something nobody's ever thought of. But what you see in the book of Acts is that evangelism explodes when Christians simply focus on the Word of God. Reflection/Discussion Question: Do you struggle with wanting "wrecking the roof" to be something big and grand, instead of something simple?
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Dedication to the Word
Acts 13:48-49 states, “When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.” In this passage, we see the Apostle Paul preach a great sermon and the people respond, and that's what we want; we want people to respond to the good news about Jesus. Scripture tells us that we are the salt and light of the earth. So, when someone looks at us and what Jesus is doing in us, they should want something similar to take a hold of their lives and to have the hope and joy that we have on a daily basis. How do we do that? What is the one thing we do to focus on Jesus and his mission though? If we devote ourselves to God’s Word and his truth, we set ourselves up for victory every time. By being in Scripture, we are able to keep our sights set on Jesus and his mission when we consistently dive into God's Word.  Recent research even shows us how reading your Bible connects to real-life transformation. Studies confirm that reading the Bible four or more times per week reduces excess drinking, viewing pornography, lashing out in anger, gossiping, overeating, and mishandling money – in addition to many more. We have all kinds of great resources available through the Church and other places that you should certainly take advantage of. But if all you do is read God's Word four or more days per week, the way you handle many of life’s stressors and problems will get a whole lot better.  Reflection/Discussion Question: What areas of your life do you think could be improved by reading God's Word more consistently throughout your week?
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Hope of the Resurrection
If death is the ultimate consequence of sin, then Jesus’s resurrection from the grave is the ultimate victory over sin. If Jesus died on the cross but was dead forever, then sin wins. But he rose, meaning the greatest enemy was defeated. So every time the Christian attends a funeral, every time the Christian drives by a cemetery, every time the Christian is reminded of death of a loved one, while it stings, we have a unique hope. We know from Scripture that it’s not the end of their story if they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  In Acts 13:38-39, Paul states, “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.” Everyone who believes in Jesus is made right in God's sight, which is something the law couldn't do or something you can’t do on your own by being good enough. It's all grace and the way you get it isn't to do anything; you just believe and that's it! We've lived under the burden of trying to be good on our own, and thanks to Jesus, we don't have to do that. In summation, Paul’s sermon says that we had a hope in the Old Testament, but Jesus realized that hope when he was raised from the grave. Jesus offers grace. If you do not have a saving faith in Jesus Christ, the reason we wreck the roof in all kinds of ways as a Church is for you to hear this message of grace and hope that Jesus offers. Reflection/Discussion Question: What is something you can do today to make sure a friend or family member knows the hope and grace that is available to them through Jesus?