Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blogging toward Sunday

The Scriptural readings for Sunday, April 28 include John 13:31-35 and Acts 11:1-18. Take a few moments to read the gospel text. Then respond to the following:
  1. Verse 31 begins, "When he had gone out..." Who is "he"?
  2. In what endearing way does Jesus refer to his followers?
  3. How does it make you feel that Jesus thinks of us in this way?
  4. What commandment does Jesus give?
  5. In what way might it be considered new?
Now turn to the reading from Acts and prayerfully read through it using the spiritual practice of lectio divina.  After the first reading, note what strikes you as most interesting. During the second reading, pay attention to the role of Peter in this story. During the final reading, pay close attention to the role of the Holy Spirit.

Herein, Peter, led by the Spirit, discloses God's new directions to heal creation, and the church changes its social boundaries. The Gentiles, who were excluded from the church in Jerusalem are now included by the reconciling work of the Spirit. Where is God's Spirit opening us to new directions in mission this day?

I pray that you are having a blessed week and are looking forward to VSU's Campus Ministry being with us on Sunday.


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