January 31, 2016
It's been said that honesty is the highest form of intimacy, but let's face it - safe space to take off the mask and let your true self be known is tough to find - and so we hide. God created us to live in rich relationship, however, so let's be assured that the risk is worth far more than the reward. Come, gather this weekend as we grow into authentic community...
II Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Nothing to Hide
Take Off the Mask
Truth on Display
Next week: ACTIVATE Prayer
See this week’s REFOCUS questions on reverse side for deeper reflection.
Questions to go Deeper
It’s been said that honesty is the highest form of intimacy, but let’s face it—safe space to take off the mask and let your true self be known is tough to find—and so we hide. God created us to live in a rich relationship, however, so let’s be assured that the risk is worth far more than the reward. Let this week’s Refocus guide you into authentic community. 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.
MONDAY: 2 Corinthians 3:12-16
Moses covered his face with a veil to keep people from seeing God’s glory fade. What masks do you find yourself wearing? Why are you wearing those masks?
TUESDAY: Genesis 3:1-10
We are human hiders. Why did Adam and Eve hide? How did it affect their relationship with God? Do you ever hide? How does your hiding affect your relationships with God? Spouse? Family? Friends?
WEDNESDAY: Psalm 69:1-5
Healthy relational intimacy is the result of vulnerability—being willing to tell the truth about ourselves. The writer tells God the truth about himself or herself; what truth do you need to confess to God? To yourself? To others? Use Psalm 69 as a model and tell God the truth about that one struggle.
THURSDAY: John 12:1-11
Mary is a picture of vulnerability. What did she do for Jesus? How did Jesus respond to Mary? How did others respond to Mary? What is your response to Mary’s vulnerability?
FRIDAY: 2 Corinthians 5:16-19
What happens to us when we tell God the truth about ourselves and commit to following Jesus? Write 2 Corinthians 5:17 on an index card, scrap of paper or sticky note; read this promise multiple times throughout the day.
SATURDAY: Romans 8:1-8
We are a work in progress. When we give the Holy Spirit room in our lives we experience more and more freedom. Where do you need to be set free?
SUNDAY: 2 Corinthians 3:18-4:2
We need people! Who are those folk in your life that you do not have to perform or pretend but can truly be yourself? If you do not have those people in your life start a life group--email firstname.lastname@example.org or join a class ginghamsburg.org/classes.
II Corinthians 3:12-4:2
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