We are in a sermon series called “What God is Like”. It is based off of Exodus 34:6 where God gives a description of God’s character:
6And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
These 5 descriptions of God’s character reveal to us who God has been, is and will be! And you can watch the sermons here:
We see throughout the metanarrative (story of the Bible) these aspects of God’s character in the stories told, and we see all of these character attributes in Jesus – God in the flesh.
First we receive from God and then we are able to reflect God’s character to the world around us.
We have resources below in this email to go deeper and to engage with a group or conversation partner. However, we also know that these topics may bring up the need for some to have prayer support or referrals for counselors and/or spiritual directors. See our care resources: Mill City Church Care Resources
PRAXIS GATHERINGS – We are also going to have a gathering time for all ages every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at the church LAST ONE THIS WEDNESDAY – 5/24
This is a time to put into practice what we are learning from scripture each week. There will be a discussion and then a spiritual practice to do together. You can join any week you are able – no need to sign up, just come to door 3 at the church by 6:30pm any Wednesday.
All ages are invited to come! Mill City Youth group will be engaging the same topic and there will be space for Elementary kids to participate and a childcare option for little kids.
*no dinner provided but feel free to bring your own
GOING DEEPER IN STUDY:
- Bible Project Video Shown on Sunday
- Podcast From The Bible Project
- Notes on Scripture Focused on God’s Faithfulness
GOING DEEPER IN A GROUP OR WITH A PARTNER:
- Get paper and a pen for this next time of reflection.
- Watch 5 Minute Bible Project Video
Spiritual Exercise for Faith Response from What is God Like? God is Faithful.
This spiritual exercise engages our imaginations, feelings and faith in God as Faithful Giver of all good things. What you imagine God doing in this exercise may reveal or obscure reality in your life. Spiritual exercises are starting points, not a definitive end-all for your relationship with God. The purpose of this exercise is to spur prayer and dialogue between you, God and others.
Read James 1:17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
Read Matthew 7:7-12 – 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Receive: Close your eyes, and ask the Holy Spirit to reach down to you, placing a wrapped gift in your hands. Don’t open the gift yet!
Pay attention to the emotions or feelings you get when you think about getting a gift from God. Are you worried? Anxious? Afraid? Joyful? Peaceful? Write it down.
Open the gift. What’s inside? Name the very first thing that comes into your mind.
Describe the gift back to God, thank you God for giving me, _____.
Imagine God saying back to you… “I gave you this gift because ____.” Do your best to finish the sentence.
Write down: what does God say back to you? How does this relate to your life right now? What questions do you still have? Was the gift unexpected?
Respond: what step of faith might you need to take in order to honor God’s response/gift to you. If you feel comfortable, prayerfully share this with someone else that they might help you discern the result.