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 December 14, 2014
The Power of Expectation
When the impossible presents itself we have a Divine choice—to fearfully recoil or to faithfully speak God’s best future into reality. Jesus’ birth story features best supporting roles of Zechariah and Elizabeth - who mirror our present day choice to participate in God’s story with epic faith. 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 1:5-22
Why do you think Zechariah had a hard time believing the message given to him by the angel? In what ways do you relate to Zechariah?
Day 2: Read Exodus 16:1-21
One of the reasons why we miss the miracle is because we give into cynicism. What does this passage have to say about that? In what ways do you struggle with being pessimistic?
Day 3: Read Luke 1:23-25, 39-45
Compare and contrast Elizabeth’s response to God with Zechariah’s. What can we learn from her about anticipation and expectation?
Day 4: Read Romans 5:1-11
What does it mean to boast in our hope? What does this passage have to teach us about dealing with our cynicism?
Day 5: Read Micah 4
What sort of hope does this speak into our pessimism? How does this passage encourage you?
Day 6: Read Luke 3:1-18
What does John teach us about preparing for the coming of Christ? After reading this, how would you define repentance?
Day 7: Read Luke 1:57-80
What role do you think his time of silence played in this moment for Zechariah? We read Zechariah’s song last week, but this week try and put it into your own words. What hope does it offer us this Advent season? Make it your prayer today.