The Empowering Presence: Identity in the Spirit (Week of 10.07.18)

By: Reality SF

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Opening Prayer and Silence
Open in prayer and then sit together in five minutes of silent gratitude and adoration of Jesus.

If you live in this last Sunday’s spotlighted neighborhood, please consider going on a quick, 10-minute prayer walk in your neighborhood. Listen for the Spirit’s guidance and intercede in agreement for your community.

Lectio Divina
Interact with God by praying with Scripture in the model of Lectio Divina, or “divine reading.” This traditional method for praying with Scripture allows us to take a deep dive into a short passage from the Bible. We see how God wants to bring His truth and presence into our lives through Scripture.

  1. Read: Slowly and prayerfully read Romans 8:14-17.
  2. Meditate: Ponder the passage. What phrase or word is sticking out to you? Sit silently with this phrase and ask God, “What do you want me to know about this? How is this connected to my life?” Listen carefully for Him; this is God’s word for you.
  3. Respond: Bring your honest, sincere prayers to God — whatever is coming up from what you read.
  4. Contemplate: Transition to wordless, silent contemplation, resting in God’s presence. Enjoying God and abiding in Jesus.

Provide space for some in the group to share about what their experience of prayer was like.

Identity and Community
As a group, read
Romans 8:14-17 again and then discuss:

  • What good do you imagine happening if you lived as a community of children of God? What might change? In what ways does this identity challenge you to relate to one another differently?
  • Since the Holy Spirit gives us an identity, how would you define your group’s identity according to Biblical truths? What are the gifts the Spirit has given to your group?