Reimagining Church Together

Learning to Listen

Bible study

Join Pastor Mike Sager and Pastor Ken Carrothers for 45 minutes, 7:00 PM on Monday evenings (beginning August 3) as we learn to listen together. Contact Pastor Mike for Zoom or phone in link.

With those gathered we will Dwell in the Word and listen to what God might have to say. Then we will challenge ourselves to respond and participate in God’s ongoing mission for the world in that coming week. Come one week — come all weeks. No experience necessary — just a willing spirit.

Please share your experiences, questions, and comments below.

Genesis 18:1-15 - August 24, 2020

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. 3He said, ‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. 4Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ 6And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ 7Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. 8Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ 10Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. 11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, ‘After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?’ 13The Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, and say, “Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?” 14Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.’ 15But Sarah denied, saying, ‘I did not laugh’; for she was afraid. He said, ‘Oh yes, you did laugh.’

Questions:

  1.  What catches your attention or imagination in this passage? 
  2.  Questions does this passage create for you? 
  3. What do you think God might be saying to you through this passage? 
(We invite you to post your responses to this challenge – scroll to the bottom) 

Prayer for the Readers - August 17, 2020

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,[a] 15 from whom every family[b] in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, God may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Questions:

  1.  What catches your attention or imagination in this passage? 
  2.  Questions does this passage create for you? 
  3. What do you think God might be saying to you through this passage? 
  4. What are you hearing?
(We invite you to post your responses to this challenge – scroll to the bottom) 

A Storm - August 10, 2020

Mark 4:35-41

35 That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the east side.” 36 So they left the crowd, and his disciples started across the lake with him in the boat. Some other boats followed along. 37 Suddenly a windstorm struck the lake. Waves started splashing into the boat, and it was about to sink.

38 Jesus was in the back of the boat with his head on a pillow, and he was asleep. His disciples woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to drown?”

39 Jesus got up and ordered the wind and the waves to be quiet. The wind stopped, and everything was calm.

40 Jesus asked his disciples, “Why were you afraid? Don’t you have any faith?”

41 Now they were more afraid than ever and said to each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Questions:

  1.  What catches your attention or imagination in this passage? 
  2.  Questions does this passage create for you? 
  3. What do you think God might be saying to you through this passage? 
  4. What are you hearing?

A Challenge for this week based upon this textHow might God be calling you to enter into an uncomfortable situation or movement this week?  

(We invite you to post your responses to this challenge – scroll to the bottom)  

And remember even in uncomfortable situations God is always with you.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan - August 3, 2020

25  On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he
asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26  “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27  He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your strength and with all your mind’ [ a ] ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [b] ”

28  “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29  But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30  In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when
he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.

31  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.

32  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

33  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

34  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.

35  The next day he took out two denarii [c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36  “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the
hands of robbers?”

37  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Questions:

  1.  What catches your attention or imagination in this passage? 
  2.  Questions does this passage create for you? 
  3. What do you think God might be saying to you through this passage? 
  4. What are you hearing?

Here are some ideas that were generated on Monday night concerning what God might be calling us to do based upon the story of the Good Samaritan – Please post your ideas or insights

1. What can I do this week to be a neighbor?
2. Could I call someone everyday? Could I reach out?
3. Could we feed? Could we donate? Could we find one thing to do to assist our neighbor?
4. Moved with pity — asking God to change my heart — Working on having my heart warmed for each person I come into contact with gracious abundance

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Lin Carlson

    On my morning bike ride I paid more attention to those around me. Offering a smile and a wave goes a long way.

  2. Judy A Hollenbeck

    Even tho the men in the boat were disciples, they still became worried and scared with the crashing of the waves onto the boat as they woke Jesus up rather upset that He was merely sleeping during the storm!! Jesus asks them where their faith is! Many times when I have been afraid, I have let that fear overtake me rather than realizing my faith was right their, Jesus was in charge! I have learned more recently to abide by my faith and to count more on my faith than fear. I think this can come more easily the closer we draw to Jesus in prayer. He is our constant companion and wants us to lean on him rather than to focus on any fears. How pleased he must feel when we TRUST more in Him than let fear overshadow us.

  3. Judy A Hollenbeck

    We hear of the power of the Spirit of God strengthening us with our faith, the faith which grows as we continue to seek more of him. Christ is the way of our life of everlasting love and salvation. Everything we want and need are right there for us in our acceptance of him who will never forsake us. As a believer, I have the knowledge that Christ’s love for us is so vast, but I do not feel I can totally comprehend just how powerful it totally is.

  4. Judy A Hollenbeck

    The Lord and other men appear to Abraham and he invites them to stay, rest and have a meal. His wife, Sarah prepares bread and a calf is prepared for the meal. As the men eat, one of them asks where Sarah is and she is in the tent and did not eat with the men. Jesus advises he will return in a year and Sarah will have had a son. This surely surprises her due to the fact she and her husband are now elderly and child bearing years are long gone. But Jesus assures her she will have a son. Her skepticism remains. I feel there are things in our lives we feel are not possible and we have our own skepticisms, but having a love and trust in God, we can do the things we feel are out of our comfort zone, yet we should try anyway to act in love and have no fear. God’s Holy Spirit is with us at all times.

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