WEEK 7, DAY 3: The Communion of Saints
To believe in the Holy Catholic Church and the Communion of Saints is to believe that we, quite simply, cannot do life alone. As Albert Mohler writes in The Apostles’ Creed,
“We are never alone. The thought that we can walk this Christian life alone carries with it a toxicity and poison that has deeply encumbered the American church. This individualism not only betrays the church, it betrays the gospel. It insinuates that the gospel is about God saving people without pointing to a bigger story of God creating a people. From the Old Testament to the New, the covenants, God’s purposes, indeed the very creation of the world, all point to God’s design of creating a people—a people that will be made up of every tribe, tongue, and nation. By God’s grace we come through faith to Christ and thereby stand united as the whole people of God.”
Mohler makes an excellent point. The communion of saints is about being God’s people, together. We simply weren’t created to go it alone.
READING & JOURNALING:
Do you feel like others do a good job of encouraging and motivating you on a regular
Which verse in today’s reading sticks out to you most? Why do you think that is?
Is there any area in your life right now in which you’re trying to “go it alone?” How is that working out for you?
Heavenly Father, I know that You have brought others into my life so that I don’t have to go it alone, yet it seems like everything within me strives to prove myself. Today, help me to remember that I don’t need to do anything to prove myself to You, or others. You have called me loved. You have called me your child. You have called me holy. May I rest in these truths so that I can receive the love and encouragement of others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Isaiah 52 & 53
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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