Grace PrayerBy God's grace, I live a life of inclusion making God’s heart for reconciliation visible.
Prayer of GratitudeTake a few minutes to consider the past week and then do a prayer of thanksgiving together for the things that stirs in your hearts. Use whichever prayer method you desire (small groups, silence, larger group, written down, etc)
- Where in the past week did you sense God’s involvement or closeness?
- Where in the past week did you sense God’s absence or felt disconnected?
Taking it Deeper
What do you remember about our time together last week?
Is there any new insight you’ve gathered during the rest of the week regarding the topic of our discussion?
How did you experience the exercise?
We Re- Read
The Faith of a Roman Officer (Matthew 8:5-13)
When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him,
“Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”
Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.
I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!
And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.
But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.
Jesus speaking about an ‘outsider’, a non-Jew says,
” I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!”