Sunday 6.9.19 (praying the Bible)

This Sunday, we’ll take a break from our series through Luke and take a look at John 15:7-8. We’ll see how scripture and prayer fit together in our lives as followers of Jesus and how this should then lead us to pray through verses or passages of the Bible. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Study this week

Sermon Notes
Praying the Bible ~ John 15:7-8

The sermon in one sentence: Praying through passages of Scripture can help us connect more fully to the mind and will of God in our prayers.

  • The Christian life is about abiding (living) in Jesus (15:7-8)
    • We abide in him by faith, trusting that he is the source of forgiveness from sin and life eternal (14:6, 15:3-4)
    • Abiding in him, we’re to let his word abide in us
    • His word abiding in us should shape our prayers
    • As his word dwells in us and shapes our prayers, we “bear fruit”
  • What we gain from praying God’s word
    • Praying his word shapes our prayers to match his will (John 14:13; Romans 8:27)
    • Praying God’s word therefore fixes our prayers in the thoughts and power of the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27; 2 Peter 1:21)
    • Praying the Bible helps us meditate on Scripture (Psalm 1:1-2)
    • Praying through Scripture reminds our hearts of the gospel (Luke 24:27)
  • How to pray the Bible
    • Select a verse or passage of the Bible (the Psalms are great for this, as many of them already are prayers)
    • Either read the verse or passage and conclude by praying what comes to mind in response
    • Or read a phrase or sentence from the verse/passage, pray in response, and repeat with the next phrase or sentence

Songs for Worship
You Are so Good to Me
Holiness
Love Lifted Me
Sweet By and By
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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