Who is God? (Snow Day Edition)

Due to our worship service snow day, we have a family devotional available. This activity will take about 30-60 minutes, which you can do personally or with your family members. We encourage you to invite your spouse or children to participate with you or write your responses in a journal.

Introduction

Our current sermon series – Who is God? – studies the different attributes of God. To fully experience God, you must understand who He is. This understanding can be affirmed by one’s experience or intrinsic thoughts, but discovering God is fundamentally learned by the truths of Scripture. Answering “Who is God?” must be rooted in Scripture.

Listen: Use to a worship song to focus your heart. Choose your favorite song or listen to one of these - "Holy, Holy, Holy" by Jimmy Needham https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCdftLFAZF0 or "Blameless" by Dara Maclean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1BB6Uq6PGk

 

Part 1

Read: Psalm 139 twice. The first time to become familiar with the ideas. The second time to listen for a word or phrase that stands out to you.

Reflect: What word or phrase sticks out to you the most? What does this passage tell you about where God is? What does God’s location tell you about how He feels toward you?

Pray: Thank God for His closeness in your life. Confess anything in your life that would prevent you from being closer to God. Declare your desire to be closer to God this year.

 

Part 2

Read: Luke 5:17-26 twice. The first time to become familiar with the ideas. The second time to listen for a word or phrase that stands out to you.

Reflect: What obstacles did the paralyzed man have to overcome to get to Jesus? What actions did Jesus do that stretched His listeners’ faith? Why is Jesus’ forgiveness of sins so significant compared to healing the man?  

Pray: Thank God that He heals broken areas of your life including sin. Confess your reliance on other things to heal your life’s pain rather than the restoration of Jesus. Declare your desire to seek Jesus first when facing this week’s painful trials.

 

Conclusion

You should have learned many things about God from these passages. Each part addressed a separate attribute of God (Part 1 – God is present in your life. Part 2 – God is healer of your life, including your soul.) Each of these attributes specifically reveal an aspect about God and our desperate need for Him!

As Luke 5 described, Jesus is the forgiver of sins. Only He is able to forgive sins because only He took the punishment of sin when He was crucified on the cross (Romans 5:6-11). No one else can forgive sin, and no amount of your good works can forgive your sin. Only Jesus can. If you have never placed your faith in Jesus Christ, you currently stand apart from God. But in Christ, you can have peace with God. Acts 16:31 says “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” If you’re ready to have peace with God today, pray to God by confessing your need for Jesus as your Savior, repenting from your sin and turning to Christ, believing that Jesus died on the cross and resurrected to overcome sin and death, and declare your desire to obediently follow Jesus Christ the rest of your life!

Next week we will continue our series "Who is God?" with the answer that "God is Grace." See you next Sunday at 10am! 

Announcements:

·      Serve Others – Every weather storm provides an opportunity to serve your neighbors, so use today’s snow day to proactively find ways to serve those near you.

·      Invite Friends ­– As we continue in our series this winter, please invite your friends, neighbors, or coworkers. This series is designed to teach Christians and engage skeptics, so invite others to learn who the true God is.

·      Give – To give your offering this weekend, there are 2 options: Wait until next Sunday or give online here: https://visitlegacy.org/give

·      New Staff – We are excited to announce that Angela Williams has joined our team as the Director of Pioneer Kids! She would love to meet you, especially families new to Legacy, so please introduce yourself when you get the opportunity!

·      Celebrate – If you prayed today to receive Christ as your Savior, we want to celebrate with you and help you follow Jesus. Please contact the elders at info@visitlegacy.org or 434-270-0915 for one of them to follow up with you and pray with you.