Day 1: Come Together Part 1
Have you ever heard of Nigel Richards? That’s OK, you’re not alone. He’s apparently one of the most accomplished Scrabble players of all time. According to Wikipedia, he won the French National Championship in 2015, despite the fact that he didn’t speak French. He simply studied the French dictionary for 9 weeks, and won. He then did it again in 2018!
Word Games like Scrabble are incredibly complex, because languages are incredibly complex. And admittedly, there are words that regularly show up in the Scriptures that we don’t use within our own language on a regular basis. One of those words comes up several times in 1 Corinthians 14. It’s the word, prophecy.
Some may immediately think of, “predicting the future” when they hear or read the word prophecy. This is because movies and television have communicated that prophecy is predicting the future. But the Chronological Life Application Study Bible notes that the main purpose of prophecy, “…is to communicate God’s message to people, providing insight, warning, correction, and encouragement.” That sounds a lot like a sermon during a church service, doesn’t it? As you read today, consider this: How does the above definition of prophecy ensure that Christian gatherings can be used to minister to all who attend?
READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1-25
How does the definition of prophecy in today’s devotional ensure that Christian gatherings can be used to minister to all who attend?
How may God be inviting you to partner with SRC in ministering to all who attend, and all within our community?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Nehemiah 7 & 8
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?
Heavenly Father, today I simply want to thank You that for the freedom within our culture for me to attend a Christian church regularly, and have unlimited access to Your Word. I confess there are times when I am more focused on work, family, or other activities than I am focused on getting to know You better. As I begin this week, I want You to know that my desire is to know You better, and to better know the purpose in which You have called me to live. Finally, I pray for wisdom to better know and understand how You may use me to help minister to all within our community. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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