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 October 26, 2014
RIGHTSIZING OUR LIFESTYLES
Saving, spending, giving and LIVING? What is left of the LIVING when we’ve spent our greatest energies brokering the budget, strategizing the savings and pinching every single penny? Great question. Truth be told, the LIFESTYLE of generosity is one of simplicity and freedom. It’s embracing what we have – and the chance to live fully each and every day. 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 11:25-30
What is it that leaves us feeling heavy and burdened? What does Jesus mean when he says I will give you rest for your souls? What does this tell us about the kind of life that Jesus invites us into?
Day 2: Read Leviticus 25:1-28
Leviticus is the book that records God’s instruction to the people on how God desires them to live as the chosen people. What wisdom does this passage offer us concerning the kind of life God desires us to live in regard to our possessions? How is this completely upside down as to how people tend to live in regard to their possessions?
Day 3: Isaiah 5:8-17
What warnings come to us from this passage about the dangers of a life of excess? How does this passage challenge you?
Day 4: Read Genesis 1
The word for good that God uses in this chapter can also mean “beautiful.” In light of this, why do you think God rested? What is the point of a sabbath? How does this lead us to live a better kind of life?
Day 5: Read Philippians 4:10-20
According to the author what is the secret of contentment? How does that lead to the best kind of life?
Day 6: Read Ephesians 5:1-20
List all of the destructive ways of life that this passage says Jesus calls us away from. What does Jesus invite us to do instead? How does this passage encourage you?
Day 7: Read 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
There is no doubt that this is a challenging passage, but what about its message is compelling? Put verse 10 into your own words. What are some practical things you can do to simplify your life?