In this unique season, many of our usual rhythms, structures, and comforts have been suddenly stripped away. Because of this, it is an opportune time to turn (or return) our hearts and minds to the discipline of devotion to the Lord. If you’ve never had consistent devotional times before, or haven’t had them recently, you might feel intimidated. You’re not alone! We’re all reading together, and we’ve put together some resources for you.
What to read: Romans 5-8
In the weeks leading up to Easter, we’ll be studying Romans 8 on Sundays. During the week, we will read passages that lead up to and tie into Romans 8.
- Week of March 29: Read through Romans 5
- Week of April 5: Read through Romans 7
- Week of April 12 [Easter]: Read through Romans 8
You’re not reading alone.
Devotional Drills videos
In these videos, Pastor Nic will break down the passage and train us how to engage with the Scriptures that we are reading. Subscribe to the High Point Church YouTube channel to get notifications of when these videos are posted throughout the week.
We will be discussing the passages we are reading together on the Engage & Equip podcast.
How to have a devotional time
Reading the Bible
If you have any questions, contact Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.”
This year as a church, we’ve been focusing on joy. So I am a little embarrassed to admit that also this year, I’ve struggled to feel joyful. Instead, the circumstances in my life in the last few months have brought out more shame, insecurity, and sin that needs to be weeded out. And anxiety and depression feel like deep waters always on the brink of bursting through a weary, old dam. Continue reading Fighting for Joy through Devotional Time
This morning, our lead pastor Nic Gibson spoke about the impact of wisdom on the power of the tongue. Here are the verses and the lists referenced in the service. Let’s pray for God to convict us when we use our words for harm – and to empower us to use our words for giving life.
What Proverbs says about wisdom and the tongue:
(18:7) A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
(29:20) Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
(18:13) He who answers before listening – that is his folly and his shame. Continue reading Proverbs: Wisdom and the Tongue
We have two teams going to our partner community, El Amirante, in the Dominican Republic this summer – an adult team and a student team. Here’s what the adult team has been up to! Check back here for updates throughout the week.
Day 1 Blog about our arrival in Santo Domingo, June 25, 2016
Day 2 Blog about worship and community reception, June 26, 2016
Day 3 Blog about foot-washing, Physical Therapy, laying the proper foundation, June 27, 2016
Day 4 Blog about home visits, VBS, construction progress, concert June 28, 2016
Day 5, Blog about construction, home visits, VBS, Teen BS, June 29, 2016
Day 6 Blog about marriage proposal, baseball, library and more
On Sunday, Pastor Nic lead us through the last sermon in the 1 John series, Secure Standing. We looked at a few verses that are considered some of the most difficult to interpret in the New Testament.
D.A. Carson preached a sermon on 1 John 5:4-21 that will further clarify the truth in this passage. You can download his sermon here!
In the sermon on Sunday, Pastor Lloyd mentioned that the High Point Church staff are reading a book together about the strangeness of Christianity. We would love for you to join us. The book is Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore. We hope this book will equip and encourage anyone who reads it to engage our city with the Gospel.
Continue reading Recommended Reading: Onward by Russell Moore