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 March 29, 2015
The life and death of Jesus are proof that experiencing real community isn’t easy. It is not a handholding Kumbaya experience, but Jesus knew that true communion brings life, abundant life and he was willing to give his life for it and for us to experience communion with God and others. This week take an intimate look at the final days of Jesus’ life. 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 Luke 22:7-38
Whom does Jesus invite to his table? Do they all want to be there? Whom is Jesus challenging you to invite to your table?
Day 2: Read Luke 22:39-52
Jesus is getting ready to face the greatest challenge to his own communion with God. How does Jesus respond? What about the disciples? When you are faced with challenges that could sever you from your most important relationships, how do you typically respond? Like Jesus? Like the disciples?
Day 3: Read John 18:15-26
Why do you think Peter denies Jesus? Have you ever had a moment in your life, whether with words or actions, that you denied Jesus? What happened? How would you have responded differently today?
Day 4: Read Matthew 27:11-26
What is Jesus’ response to Pilate? Have you ever been falsely accused of something you did not do? Imagine yourself in the crowd before Pilate. What do you think motivated the people to shout “crucify him, crucify him”?
Day 5: Read Luke 23:26-49
This is the darkest day in human history, and even on the cross Jesus brings words of comfort. Whom does Jesus speak to and why? What do these words tell us about God? About ourselves?
Day 6: Luke 23:50-56
For many who followed Jesus, their dreams died right along with Jesus. Have you, like Joseph, ever buried a dream or ambition?
Day 7: John 20:1-10
What happened on the first day of the week? The women were not expecting resurrection. Are you expecting God to resurrect something in your life, a relationship, a career, a passion or a dream? Ask God what needs resurrected in your life today.