HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Have you run a race before? What did you do to train or prepare for the race?

Pastor Mitch says the body can experience atrophy if certain muscles have not been used in a while.  Similarly, it is critical that we exercise our spiritual muscles of body life together. Meeting together may look different for different people, but none of use can flourish in God’s purposes for us alone; we all need each other.

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Reflect Together: The imagery in this passage suggests an athletic contest, where the witnesses are the great heroes of the faith (see Hebrews 11), who are inspiring us to run the race with perseverance.

How are we to run the race with perseverance the race marked out for us?

What did Jesus do for us?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

What kinds of things are hindering or entangling us, which make it difficult to run the race?

What are some ways we can fix our eyes on Jesus? What difference does it make when we have our eyes fixed on Jesus when we run rather than on other things?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

It is critical that we seek to run our race, the race that is set before us, instead of trying to mimic and follow someone else’s race. What is your race, your calling, your ministry right now?

Given the constraints of meeting together with COVID-19 and social distancing, how can we strengthen the invisible web of relationships as a church family right now?