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Week One: Based on Adam Hamilton's book and sermon
Series, Revival. Please use this guide to prepare for next week's lesson. These are copied/paraphrased from the GPS Guide written by Church of the Resurrection UMC.
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Monday, January 4: Revelation 2:1a, 2a, 4
To the angel of the church of Ephesus write..."I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance...But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first."
2 Kings 10:15; Romans 14:1-4; Jeremiah 35; Psalm 139:14; John 3:17; Wesley's sermon: "Catholic Spirit"
"John Wesley's "Catholic Spirit" sermon asked: "Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?...Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences." (He used the root meaning of "catholic"--"including many different types of thing; universal." He did not mean the Roman Church, which in his day was a denomination that did not love Christians who thought differently.) Wesley taught us much about a "catholic spirit", but he did not originate this way of thinking and living. The idea is Scriptural, from ancient Israel to the apostle Paul."
We have been studying Christianity and all of the splits and fissures that have taken place during the period of time preceding the birth of John Wesley. People had been dying at the hands of other Christians and Wesley comes along with a message that was old but one that had not been heard for hundreds of years.
Prayer: "Lord Jesus, your family is large and diverse." Help us to see each other with your eyes and to love each other with your heart. Let us truly open our hearts to one another in a new way today. Amen
Tuesday, January 5: Ephesians 4:1-6 "Accept Each Other with Love"
"While Ephesians called on all Christ-followers to "accept each other with love, " Edwin Prince Booth wrote that John Wesley's father, Samuel, and his family "were exiled from their parishes or put in prison because of their obstinacy, their logic and their vigor." His family's history no doubt made John aware of the ways human inequity and harassment based on religious differences can damage Christ's cause...
"'I do not mean, 'Embrace my modes of worship', or "I will embrace yours'...We must both act as each is fully persuaded in his own mind...I believe the Episcopal form of church government to be scriptural and apostolical. If you think the Presbyterian or Independent is better, think so still, and act accordingly. I believe that infants ought to be baptized; and that this may be done either by dipping or sprinkling. If you are otherwise persuaded, be so still, and follow your own persuasion.' How did his approach make the humility, gentleness, patience, love, and unity Ephesians called for a practical reality in his day? How would it strengthen God's Kingdom today, if more of us adopted that same attitude to areas of difference?"
Prayer: Dear Lord, Help me to understand others, even when I disagree with them. Help me to open my heart; help me to reject in myself the need to be argumentative or judgmental. Let me be filled with humility so that I may listen with my heart, not just my ears, to other's ideas and opinions. Let me see in all your creation the beauty of each soul. Amen
Wednesday, January 6, 2015 Ephesians 6: 1-4, Wesley's family: flawed, but loving