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January 14 Sermon & Devotionals

January 14, 2024

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Commit to be Exceptional | Belong Week 2

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Five-Day Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Day 1: Belonging and Our Place in God's Story

Bible Reading: Ruth 1:1-22

Reflect on your journey of belonging. Ruth's story begins with loss, transition, and the decision to stay with Naomi. Like Ruth, we often face changes and choices that affect our sense of belonging.

Devotional Thought: Consider how Ruth's loyalty to Naomi mirrors our call to belong to God's family. In what ways do you see yourself journeying toward a deeper sense of belonging in God's story?

Prayer: Lord, guide me as I seek my place within Your divine narrative. Help me to find my belonging in You, just as Ruth found hers in her unwavering commitment to Naomi and to You. Amen.

Day 2: Embracing Kindness and Grace

Bible Reading: Ruth 2:1-23

Reflect on the kindness Boaz showed to Ruth, an outsider. His actions remind us that God's grace extends to all, regardless of background or status.

Devotional Thought: Think of a time when you were shown unexpected kindness. How did it make you feel? How can you extend similar grace and mercy to others in your community?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the kindness You show me daily. Teach me to emulate Boaz's example by extending Your love and grace to those who feel like outsiders. Amen.

Day 3: Recognizing the Exceptional in Others

Bible Reading: Leviticus 19:9-18

Reflect on God's commandments about treating others with compassion and fairness. Consider how you can acknowledge and appreciate the exceptional qualities in those around you.

Devotional Thought: Who in your community is often overlooked but displays exceptional character through acts of service? How can you celebrate and support them?

Prayer: Almighty God, open my eyes to see the exceptional qualities You have placed in those around me. Inspire me to honor and uplift them for their contributions to Your kingdom. Amen.

Day 4: Celebrating Our Unique Gifts

Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Reflect on the unique gifts the Holy Spirit has given to each of us. Consider how these gifts can be used for the common good.

Devotional Thought: What are your exceptional gifts and how have they been recognized by others? How can you use these gifts to serve God's purpose?

Prayer: Gracious God, thank You for the exceptional gifts You've bestowed upon me. Help me to use them not for my glory, but for the building up of Your church and the service of others. Amen.

Day 5: Acceptance and Belonging

Bible Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22

Reflect on belonging to your church community. As members of God's household, we are built together into a dwelling where God lives by His Spirit. This truth challenges us to embrace each other's uniqueness as integral to God's kingdom.

Devotional Thought: How does understanding your place in God's family change the way you interact with the 'Ruths' and 'Boazes' in your life?

Prayer: Chief Cornerstone, thank you for making me a part of your divine family. Give me wisdom to value and encourage the unique contributions of each member in your faith community.

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