LIFe with God: September 1

Posted on September 1, 2010

Scripture

Romans 1:1-17

Read or listen to today’s passage at Bible Gateway:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%201:1-17&version=NIV

Observation

How does Paul describe himself in the very first phrase of this book? What does this tell us about his priorities? What does he say proved Jesus is the Son of God? Why did he thank God for the Christians in Rome?

Application

Do I share Paul’s priorities? Why or why not? Is the power of the Resurrection of Christ a force at work in my daily life? Why or why not? How would friends from other cities describe my faith?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Father in Heaven, I declare before You that I am, first and foremost, a servant of Christ Jesus because of the gospel You promised through Your prophets and fulfilled through Jesus. I confess that I believe that Your Holy Spirit declared with power that Jesus is Your Son, proven by His resurrection from the dead. I thank You that through Him and for His name’s sake I have received grace to salvation myself, as well as to share the message of that grace with anyone who will listen.

Lord, make me strong in You so that I will be the kind of Christian that others will thank You for through Jesus Christ because of my faith being reported all over the world. Help me to serve You with my whole heart, sharing the gospel of Your Son. Help me to constantly remember other believers in all my prayers at all times. May we be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. May we work together to see a great harvest of souls all over the world. I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, revealing the righteousness that comes from You alone, based solely in faith in You from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Patrick Hall
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for Unity in the Body of Christ…

  • that we would be united in our love for Jesus and each other
  • that we would encourage and support each other
  • that we would focus on Biblical principles in every arena of our lives
  • that we would have a spirit of cooperation in outreach
  • that Satan’s divisive strategies would be confounded

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26

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