2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14
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Focus Verses: Colossians 1:3-6
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints— 5 the
faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in
heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth,
the gospel 6 that
has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and
growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard
it and understood God's grace in all its truth.
truth of God and the good news of Jesus is bearing fruit all over the
world. Christianity is not a private thing or a western culture
thing. In fact, there are now more Christians in the southern
hemisphere than in the northern. English is not the first language of
People all around the globe are
putting their faith in Jesus, which is resulting in changed lives.
Hope for life and love for others flows out of an understanding of
God's grace in all its truth. Hearing about the worldwide response to
Christ should make me thankful and move me to prayer.
Response and Action:
want to be a world Christian who appreciates being part of the global
community of faith in Christ. I want to pray for Christians around the
world. I want to grow in my own faith as I gain understanding and
encouragement from Christians living in other cultures and
circumstances. I want to understand and experience God's grace in all
Lord, thank you for your grace and mercy to all people. Thank you for
extending your love to the whole world. Thank you for saving all who
put their faith in Christ. Help me to understand and remember that my
faith in Christ is not just a personal, individual affair, but is,
rather, a reality to be experienced in a global community of believers.
Help me to be faithful to pray for Christians around the world. Help
all who follow Christ to be a light and witness, that the household of
faith will extend to and include people from every tribe, language,
ethnicity, and nation. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Revelation 5:9-10
And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to
open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you
purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and
nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
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