Due to COVID-19, all on-site events have been canceled until further notice. Some groups will be meeting via video chat. Contact your Small group leader for more information.
We can connect as the body of Christ by working on the same spiritual disciplines together. Take time this week to read scripture, pray, and reach out with the love of Christ.
This Week's Goal: Ask God to provide for your needs!
Scripture Memory: Philippians 4:19
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
Show Christ's Love
What gifts has God blessed you with? Who can you share those gifts with this week? Who needs a text, a phone call, or a card from you this week? Write down a list of people you can encourage, and follow through as a response to the goodness of God.
Scripture & Prayer Plan
Tuesday 5/19 - God provides a lamb for Abraham (Genesis 22; 1 Peter 1:13-25)
The story of Abraham is full of his personal interactions with God. God called him to leave the land of his fathers and go to a new land. God told him to look at the stars of the sky. God made a covenant with him. And then God asked Abraham to sacrifice his own son. Insert a record scratch. What? How could a good God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son? How could Abraham blindly follow God’s request like that? Is that faith or foolishness? There was something about Abraham’s relationship with God that filled him with faith. Do you ever find yourself in a place where you are wondering if God is good and if you are wasting your time following him? Maybe that is an indication that God is inviting you into deeper waters of faith. Trust in God today, and you can say with Abraham, "God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering."
Wednesday 5/20 - The Lord heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147; Ezekiel 34:11-16)
Are you sick and tired of the challenges that accompany COVID-19 and quarantine life? Does life seem hopeless today? It can feel like there’s no way of escape right now. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, God is operating at 100% capacity. And what is He doing? He is healing the brokenhearted, binding up the wounded with the greatness of His power, and accomplishing His purposes “understanding [that] is beyond measure.” God never loses sight of His children, even when they are in the deepest darkness. Ezekiel 34 says, "For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.” God is coming for you today. Listen for His voice of rescue and redemption as you wait for Him.
Thursday 5/21 - Do not be anxious about your life (Matthew 6:19-34; Mark 6:30-44)
- Jesus told his disciples that he had food that they didn’t know about. He also called himself the Bread of Life. While he was focused on providing spiritual food and a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, he also provided miraculous meals and life-altering healing. Following Jesus doesn’t mean that you need to live a life where you only life spiritually and ignore the life you live in a body. God doesn’t expect you to follow Him and ignore your physical needs. After all, He gave you a body that needs food, water, shelter, and sleep. And if He gave you a life in a physical body, He is the Person you should go to when you have needs. Many people see their life with God in two separate parts. God has control over the spiritual life, and I have control over everything else. That distinction is not true! Today, tell God what your physical needs are. Get really specific and descriptive. Tell God what you need, and then ask Him to fill you with faith to believe that He will meet every need you have according to His riches in glory.
Friday 5/22 - O Lord My God, You Are Very Great (Psalm 104; Isaiah 45:5-7)
Have you ever looked at something using a magnifying glass? It’s really cool to look at a green leaf or a shiny penny. The glass magnifies what you typically see from a distance. Everyone knows what a penny looks like, but when you use a magnifying glass, you see it with incredible detail and notice all kinds of things you couldn’t see before. Have you ever seen an image of the skin on your face magnified? What looks smooth and clean from human perspective is revealed to be full of cracks and crevices, not to mention all the unseen blemishes. Many times, it might seem like you are the one providing for your life. As you take more and more time to focus your heart and mind on Christ, you will discover something that you didn’t see with your human eyes. God is the One who is working to provide for you! In Isaiah 45, God says, "I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me"
Saturday 5/23 - God provides a way of escape from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:8-30; 1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
The story of the fiery furnace is one of the most famous stories in the Bible. Three men who worshiped the one true God refused to bow before a giant golden idol. Their punishment was to be thrown into a fiery furnace. Miraculously, they survived and weren’t burnt or harmed at all! Not only that, Someone else was with them in the fire, protecting them. If you rewind the tape of this story, though ,you’ll notice that these men had been worshiping God and walking with Him for a very long time. They didn’t know that they were going to be faced with such a life-threatening temptation. They were going about their life as normal, worshiping God, doing their jobs, and then this situation came out of nowhere! These men had been walking with God long enough to know that "with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” What temptations are you facing this week? Will you face them in your own strength, or seek God today for the way of escape? He is ready and waiting to stand with you in the fire.
Sunday 5/24 - The Lord shows Job how much He has provided (Job 38; Psalm 19:1-4)
Today is the Lord’s day, and it’s time to worship Christ with your church family! How are you doing with online worship services? Are you beginning to lose steam? Are you able to worship with passion and joy? Take time to meditate on the works of the Lord today as you prepare for worship. Think about all the things that He has done. Can you come up with a list of things that God has done that make Him worthy of worship? If you can’t think of anything, take a deep breath. And then remember that God provided you with the ability to breath, which provides your blood with life-giving oxygen, which enables you to keep living. Every breath is a gift from God! Start with your breath, and then move on to the next thing. Thank Him for giving you eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to touch. Move outside of your body and thank Him for things in the world. Then move into outer space and praise Him for the stars and planets. Next, move on to the future that awaits you in eternity with God forever. God is so good! He has provided so much for you. Let’s worship Him together!
Monday 5/25 - Every gift is from above (James 1:2-18; John 1:9-16)
Sometimes it’s tempting to think there are a limited number of blessings that God can give out. It’s easy to compare what God has given others with what He gave you. Others are more talented, good looking, or skilled at making money. It might be more accurate to say, “some people have all the luck!” One of the great things about the Bible is how flawed and imperfect most of the people were. the Bible doesn’t exist to display the greatness of people, but to show off the greatness of God! One of the characteristics of God is that He gives generously. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” "For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” If you feel like you are missing out on good gifts, maybe you have been thinking about them more in terms of luck. There’s a better way. It starts with pursuing a relationship with Jesus Christ and trusting Him to give you everything you need. You are loved!
More Ways to Connect:
- Tuesday - 12pm Join Pastor Ryan & Lauren for Encouragement for Parents on Facebook Live.
- Wednesday - 12pm Tune in to Prayer & Praise with Pastor Mark on Facebook Live!
- Thursday - 12pm Watch Pastor Ryan's Weekly Webcast Live on Facebook.
- Friday - Join us for our Good Friday service at 7pm.
The purpose of Anchor Church Adult Ministries is not to gather a quantity of disciples, but to intentionally develop a quality of discipleship in those our Lord sends to us. Maturing disciples should: Worship Christ, Walk with Christ, and Work for Christ as they progress in the lifelong pursuit of genuine biblical discipleship.