Online Daily Devotionals
For the past several years, Ginghamsburg Church has produced the Transformational Journal (The TJ) as a tool to grow our church family in God's word. In 2013, Ginghamsburg will sharpen its discipleship focus and better equip individuals exactly where they are on their spiritual journey. Although, Ginghamsburg will no longer produce a weekly TJ, these new devotionals offer a range of reading plans tailored to where you are in your faith walk.
For the week starting August 24, 2014
Gathering in community is such a FRantastic idea – but when the C word – CONFLICT – rears its ugly head? What’s a relationship to do? This week’s study will explore how we can navigate through the conflict in our relationships and help us to see the opportunity we have in our commitment to one another to encounter the real presence of Jesus and show the world what is possible if we take his way of life seriously.
Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read Matthew 18:10-20
What does this passage have to say about resolving the conflict in our relationships? Why is it significant that Jesus says, “IF your brother or sister sins…” instead of “When your brother or sister sins…”?
Day 2: Read Proverbs 12
What wisdom can we glean from this proverb about addressing friction in our relationships? How open are you to correction? Explain.
Day 3: Proverbs 25
Verse 2 says that it is the wisdom of kings to search a matter out. How can that wisdom help resolve some of the issues in our relationships?
Day 4: Proverbs 18
What does this proverb have to say about the danger of gossip? How does this relate to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18:15-20? How does this passage challenge you?
Day 5: Proverbs 15
What does this proverb say about the wisdom of seeking counsel in our conflict? How can bringing in a third party be a helpful thing in dealing with our relational friction?
Day 6: Read Romans 15:1-6
How does this passage speak to the situations going on in our world in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and Israel? How does this challenge you personally? How does it encourage you?
Day 7: Read Matthew 18:15-20 (again)
Jesus says that when two or three are gathered together in his name, that he is there with them. When have you experienced that firsthand? What does your commitment to Christ-centered community look like right now? What would a “next step” look like?