ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
God is Infinite
God is beyond measurement— we cannot define Him by size or amount. He has no beginning, no end, and no limits.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Speak words of Praise to the God who is infinite.
Praise God because he cannot be confined. Praise God that he is everlasting. He has always been. He will always be. Praise God that he is limitless. He feels no exhaustion. He is without measure.
CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.
- Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
- Pray for unchurched friends. Ask God to give you opportunities to have gospel conversations with those who do not know Him.
Ephesians 4:1-16 Christian Standard Bible
Unity and Diversity in the Body of Christ
Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope at your calling— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
7 Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 For it says:
When he ascended on high,
he took the captives captive;
he gave gifts to people.
9 But what does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower parts of the earth? 10 The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, to fill all things. 11 And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ. 16 From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building itself up in love by the proper working of each individual part.
Consider four aspects of this life of walking worthy of your calling. Humility. Gentleness. Patience. Forbearance. Humility is not about thinking less of yourself, it is about thinking about yourself less. Gentleness is not passivity; it is controlled strength. Patience is not merely putting up with minor annoyances it is enduring with Christ-likeness the slights and even attacks of others. Forbearance is allowing people to fail and love them anyway. Which of these four do you find most out of your reach? Whatever feels out of your reach because of your personality, patterns, or perspective is not the full story. The full story is that if you are a Christian then Christ lives in you. You have access to the power to change. Again, don’t fret over your weakness, delight in it. In your weakness he wants to reveal his strength. As you see yourself becoming and behaving in ways other than you thought possible be sure and remember that you are seeing God’s power at work in your life.