Grow deeper Devotionals
a follow up to Concord Trinity UMC weekly sermon
The week of September 20th
Monday – Read Matthew 6:9-15.
We will continue to look at the Lord’s Prayer this week with a focus on what the kingdom of God is like. What can we discover about God’s kingdom based on these verses? The word “kingdom” is used more than 50 times in Matthew’s Gospel. When you recite the prayer, what do you think it means to ask for God’s kingdom to come on Earth as it is in heaven?
Tuesday – Read Psalm 145.
Which verses connect with you the most today? What do you think the glory of God’s kingdom means as referenced in verses 11-12? How do you understand God’s kingdom as an everlasting one? How would you describe God as “king” based on descriptions in this Psalm? How is God the King of your heart and life?
Wednesday – Read Luke 11:1-4.
How does this version of the Lord’s Prayer compare with the one you pray? How does it compare to the Matthew 6:9-15 version? Why do you think both include the request for God’s kingdom to come? What do you understand God’s kingdom in heaven to be like?
Thursday – Read John 3:1-16.
Jesus, the Son of God, ushered in the beginning of the kingdom of God on Earth as it is in heaven. What does Jesus say is necessary to see the kingdom of God? What is needed to enter the kingdom? How do you understand being born from above or born again? Are you living as someone who has been born again through the waters of baptism and the Holy Spirit? Where do you see God at work in the world?
Friday – Read Romans 14:7-19.
What does verse 17 tell you about the kingdom of God? In what ways can the Spirit of God work in you to bring peace to the world? In what ways has the Holy Spirit filled you with joy? How is Christ working through the Church to bring about God’s kingdom here on earth and what role are you playing in growing that kingdom?