March 21st, 2015

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Lent Day 27 Loneliness

Scripture Verses
•Psalm 28:1–9
•Isaiah 53:1–3
•Matthew 28:19–20

Questions to Consider
•What are some of the causes of loneliness?
•Why is it easy to be lonely in the crowd?
•How do you overcome loneliness?
•How does Jesus help us overcome loneliness?

Plan of Action
•Invite a new friend to lunch or dinner. Invite them to play golf or go shopping.
•Next time you are in a large group setting, look for a person who looks awkward or uncomfortable and seek to engage them and learn a little bit about who they are and why they came to the event.
•Make a goal to meet one new person each week before or after worship on a Sunday morning.

Reflection
We have more ways to connect than ever before. We may have hundreds of friends and followers on sites like Facebook and Twitter. But there is an increase in isolation and loneliness. While our relationships may have grown wider, they have often grown more shallow. We have more relationships than ever before, but seemingly fewer meaningful and deep relationships. It’s ironic that in a hyper-connected world, loneliness has become an epidemic. We are increasingly isolated from one another. We have become lonely in the crowd.
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Lent Day 28 Disunity

Week 4 Saturday

Scripture Verses
•1 Corinthians 12:12–31
•Ephesians 4:1–16
•John 17:20–26

Questions to Consider
•Where do you see disunity in the world?
•What are the consequences of disunity?
•What is your role as a peace-maker?
•How does Jesus bring peace and reconciliation to a hostile world?

Plan of Action
•What is a sacrifice you need to make for the sake of unity? What are you holding on to out of pride that is hindering unity in your marriage, church, or work?
•Participate in the Lord’s Supper this weekend with other brothers and sisters in Christ to find unity with them in Christ’s sacrifice.

Reflection

Where there are many visions there is division. We see it in the politics of America. There are different views about the future of America and how the government should be run. What we are left with is polarization and disunity on many important matters of policy.

We see this same type of disunity within the church. There is competition between denominations. There is competition within denominations. There is also competition within many local churches. Different visions lead to division.

But God does not have multiple visions. He has one vision. His vision is about saving lost sinners. We strive together to seek the implications of this vision in our local context. Maintaining unity is difficult, but here are some important convictions to maintain if we are to stay unified:

Honor those in authority


Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17 (ESV)