Your Faith Journey 79

On the day of Pentecost the Spirit of God came like a mighty wind and the believers “were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:3 ESV). A crowd of thousands of people in Jerusalem were “amazed and perplexed” by what they experienced that day. Peter quickly addressed the crowd and informed them that the resurrected Jesus had sent the Spirit of God, just as he had promised. The response to Peter’s message was a question, “what should we do?” (Acts 2:37 TLB). Their question applies to each of us no matter if we are a believer or not. What should we do? If you have not placed your faith in Jesus Christ, what should you do? If you are a Christian that knows the Spirit of the Living God dwells in you, what should you do in response to Jesus’ commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and commandments (Matthew 22:34-40)?

 

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Your Faith Journey 78

The resurrected Jesus told his disciples, “in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:5 NLT). He went on to let them know that when the Holy Spirit was with them, they would be his witnesses “in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NLT). We, Jesus’ 21st-century disciples, are his witnesses in our homes, families, and circles of influence. We are witnesses of the resurrection power of God transforming lives, including our own. As the people of Avon UMC, we have been commissioned to be Christ’s witnesses in Avon, Brownsburg, Danville, Indy, and Plainfield. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to share God’s Good News and make new, maturing, and fruitful disciples of Christ (Mark 16:15 & Matthew 28:19).

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Your Faith Journey 77

The resurrected Jesus told his disciples, “stay here in the city {Jerusalem} until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven” (Luke 24:49 NLT). They were told to wait. Waiting is not easy. Most of us don’t wait well. We want things according to our timing, but Jesus told the disciples to wait for God’s timing. Perhaps the season we are in right now is a reminder to wait for God’s timing instead of seeking our own timing and will. Perhaps the season we are in right now is also a reminder that we need the Holy Spirit to fill us with power from heaven. When Jesus’ followers are empowered by the Spirit of God, “repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed to all nations” (Luke 24:47 NRSV). When is the last time you proclaimed a message of repentance, “turn to God,” and receive forgiveness of your sins? As we wait for God’s perfect timing, prayerfully consider who needs to hear the message of repentance and forgiveness of sins. Trust the Holy Spirit to give you the right words at the right time.

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Your Faith Journey 76

The resurrected Jesus, in bodily form with “flesh and bones”, appeared to his disciples and ate with them (Luke 24:36-43). Look for ways that Christ is present with you this week as He works in and through the flesh and bones of other people. As you search for the Lord’s presence and his work in your life, you are invited to use this Your Faith Journey Guide as a weekly checklist to help you love God, yourself, and others daily (Mark 12:29-31). You can download the Worship Guide from the Avon UMC website:

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Your Faith Journey 75

Sometimes we do not recognize God’s presence and work in our lives. When two disciples were walking and talking with the resurrected Jesus as they traveled to the village of Emmaus, eventually Christ was “at the table with them,” yet they did not know it was Jesus (Luke 24:30). While they were with him for a meal, Jesus “took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him” (Luke 24:30-31 NIV). Look for ways that Christ is present with you this week. As you search for the Lord’s presence and work in your life, you are invited to use this Your Faith Journey Guide as a weekly checklist to help you love God, yourself, and others daily (Mark 12:29-31). You can download the Worship Guide from the Avon UMC website:

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Your Faith Journey 74

The journey for Jesus’ first-century disciples wasn’t over when they encountered their resurrection Savior. It ushered in a new beginning. Discipleship is a life-long journey of walking with Christ towards maturity and unity with other believers for the sake of the world. “Maturity” means becoming more like Christ. During the coming weeks as we continue walking by faith as we follow the resurrected Jesus, we’re leaving our fears behind as we take daily steps to love God, self, and others. You are invited to use this Your Faith Journey Guide as a weekly checklist to help you remain on the path of the abundant life Christ offers (John 10:10).

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Your Faith Journey 73

Your Faith Journey

Just as the journey wasn’t over for Jesus’ first-century disciples after Resurrection Sunday, our faith journey is far from over. Discipleship is a life-long journey of walking with Christ towards maturity and unity with other believers for the sake of the world. “Maturity” means becoming more like Christ. To do that, we have to know what Jesus taught, did, and commanded. Christ explained that of the 613 commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures, that loving God with our Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength is most important. But he also included the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself” along with it (Mark 12:31). During the coming weeks as we continue walking by faith as we follow the resurrected Jesus, we’re leaving our fears behind as we take daily steps to love God, self, and others. You are invited to use the Your Faith Journey section of the Worship Guide as a weekly checklist to help you remain on the path of the abundant life Christ offers (John 10:10). You can download the April 19th Worship Guide from the Avon UMC website:


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Your Faith Journey 72

Your Faith Journey  (Holy Week)

Develop as a Disciple – You are invited to walk closely with Jesus during the final week of the Lenten season as we continue the journey with Christ focusing on the final week of his life. During your daily time with the Lord, you are encouraged to pray before and after you read the Bible verses.

4/5Pray. Read Mark 11:1-11, then pray in response to what you read.

4/6 Mark 11:12-19

4/7Mark 11:20-12:44

4/8 Mark 13:1-14:11

4/9 Mark 14:12-72

4/10 Mark 15

4/11 – Seek a quiet place to sit and “Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him,” as you reflect upon the journey with Christ through the past week and Lenten season (Psalm 37:7 NRSV). Let your heart and mind anticipate the celebration of his resurrection tomorrow morning.

For a complete version of the Gospel of Mark reading plan for Lent 2020 visit the church website www.AvonUMC.com.



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Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Lent is a season of 40 days of focus on Christ and preparation for celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. The season begins on Ash Wednesday (2/26) and ends on the Saturday (4/11) before Easter. You are encouraged to observe the Lenten season through Worship and Prayer, Giving Something Up, Spending Time with God, Serving, or Practicing Lent Together. As you “Give Time to God” each day, consider reading through Mark’s account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection using the weekly Bible reading plan below. During your daily time with the Lord, you are encouraged to pray before and after you read the Bible verses.

3/30Pray. Read Mark 9:14-32, then pray in response to what you read.

3/31 Mark 9:33-50

4/1Mark 10:1-12

4/2 Mark 10:13-16

4/3 Mark 10:17-31

4/4 – Read Mark 10:32-45 in the morning. Read Mark 10:46-52 in the evening.

For a complete version of the Gospel of Mark reading plan for Lent 2020 visit the church website www.AvonUMC.com.

If you do not own a Bible, or you want the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone or tablet, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 



Your Faith Journey 70

Your Faith Journey

Develop as a Disciple – Lent is a season of 40 days of focus on Christ and preparation for celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. The season begins on Ash Wednesday (2/26) and ends on the Saturday (4/11) before Easter. You are encouraged to observe the Lenten season through Worship and Prayer, Giving Something Up, Spending Time with God, Serving, or Practicing Lent Together. As you “Give Time to God” each day, consider reading through Mark’s account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection using the weekly Bible reading plan below. During your daily time with the Lord, you are encouraged to pray before and after you read the Bible verses.

3/23Pray. Read Mark 8:1-13, then pray in response to what you read.

3/24 Mark 8:14-21

3/25Mark 8:22-26

3/26 Mark 8:27-30

3/27 Mark 8:31-9:1

3/28 Mark 9:2-13

For a complete version of the Gospel of Mark reading plan for Lent 2020 visit the church website www.AvonUMC.com.

If you do not own a Bible, or you want the convenience of having the Bible on your smart phone or tablet, download the YouVersion Bible App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.