While the men were away at the first annual men's retreat, ministry director Amanda Whiting gave a message on Romans 5:1-11, the Peace and Hope of God. Listen for a encouraging word on how to find hope in our lives.
Lectio-Devina is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It involves reading a passage of scripture several times, focusing on what stands out to you. Using a computer or smartphone Read Romans 5:1-11 in the NLT translation. Have someone else in the group read it in NIV. Finally, have someone read the scripture in The Message Version. Share with one another what stands out to you.
Romans 5: 3-5 encourages us to know that we’re not without hope even in the midst of trials. God’s Holy spirit WILL fill our hearts with love. Maybe seeing God’s goodness is a struggle because you are in the waiting place. Perhaps you feel like you’re in a hopeless place. However, the practice of remembering the times that God has showed up for you inspires hope. Take time to remember stories from your life of ways you’ve experienced the sweetness of God’s love and hope. Share these! There is power and inspiration from sharing. As scripture says: boast about it!
Choose an area of your life where you need the reality of God’s hope. Big or small, God wants to prove himself and the power of his sacrificial love to you. Commit to presenting your ‘sufferings’ (struggles) to Him in prayer and faith. As this past Sunday’s sermon reminded us: Hope is only possible if you’re in relationship with Jesus. Go to Him and practice trusting and resting in Him.