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April 28 Sermon & Devotionals

April 28, 2024

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Truth | Every Day Carry Week 2

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Five-Day Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Day 1: Embracing the Belt of Truth

Scripture: Ephesians 4:14-15

Reflection: The sermon we heard delves into the importance of the belt of truth as part of our spiritual armor. Paul urges us not to be like children, easily swayed by deceitful teachings. Reflect on your daily encounters. Are you firm in your convictions, grounded in the truth of God’s word? Consider the metaphor of the belt—holding everything together, securely fastened around your waist. How does this image help you to understand the stabilizing force of truth in your life?

Prayer Focus: Ask God to help you to discern truth amidst the conflicting messages in the world. Pray for strength to wear the belt of truth tightly, that you might not be swayed by falsehood but stand firm in your faith.

Day 2: Growing in Christ Through Truth

Scripture: Ephesians 4:15

Reflection: The sermon highlighted the necessity of speaking the truth in love as the first step towards spiritual maturity. Reflect on how you communicate with others. Are your words filled with sincerity and grace, promoting growth both in yourself and in those around you? Consider the ways in which speaking truth in love might challenge you, and how it could also build and strengthen the community of believers.

Prayer Focus: Pray for the courage and wisdom to speak the truth in love in all your interactions. Ask for the Holy Spirit to guide your words so that they might reflect Christ’s love and lead to growth within the body of Christ.

Day 3: The Body of Christ United in Truth

Scripture: Ephesians 4:16

Reflection: In the sermon, we learned that truth is foundational for the body of Christ to function healthily and grow. Reflect on your role within the body of Christ. How do you contribute to the unity and edification of the church? Are there areas in your life where you can better align with the truth of the Gospel to strengthen the church community?

Prayer Focus: Pray for unity in the body of Christ, that each member may work effectively, contributing their unique gifts in love. Ask for humility and a willingness to serve, so that the church may grow and be built up in love.

Day 4: Resisting Deception with Truth

Scripture: Ephesians 4:14

Reflection: The sermon reminded us that deception is an age-old tactic used to sway believers from the truth. Reflect on the ways you might be susceptible to spiritual deception. Are there specific teachings or cultural messages that challenge your adherence to the truth? How can you guard yourself against such influences?

Prayer Focus: Ask God for discernment to recognize deception and for the fortitude to resist it. Pray for a love of truth that surpasses the appeal of worldly wisdom, so that you may remain steadfast in your faith.

Day 5: Living Out Truth in Everyday Encounters

Scripture: Ephesians 4:25

Reflection: The sermon encourages us to make speaking truth in love a part of our 'everyday carry.' Reflect on the simple yet profound interactions you have daily. How might you practice speaking truth in love even in the most mundane moments? Consider the impact this practice could have on your relationships and the witness of your faith.

Prayer Focus: Pray for opportunities to speak truth in love in your day-to-day life. Ask God to give you the boldness to be honest and transparent with others, fostering a spirit of trust and community among those you encounter.

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