Half-Truth #1 “Everything Happens for a Reason”

From United Methodist Mega-Church Pastor, Adam Hamilton: They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Waretown UMC In this five-week faith discussion and discovery theme which includes a Sunday Worship Theme, Weekly Group Discussion, and Weekly Prayers and Take-Home Actions we will explore the WHOLE truth of God, faith, and life!

 

Prayer of the Week (pray this prayer each day this week)

God Almighty,

I know you are all-powerful. I know you are all-good, and I know that you are all-knowing. You not only created the end and the beginning but you also know the end from the beginning…   God you ARE the end and the beginning. I give you thanks for my life, your love and grace, and the opportunity to know and serve you. This world, though, is not what you planned. You gave us, your children, free will and we’ve become addicted to ourselves. You gave us stewardship of your creation and we’ve used it to fit our own gain. This week help me see past the sinfulness of the world and experience hope and healing from your will and promise to bring good from evil

In Jesus name I pray. Amen

 

Read Romans 8:28 & Wesley Covenant Prayer

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

 

Wesley’s Covenant Prayer

Oh God, I am no longer my own, but yours.

Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;

put me to doing, put me to suffering;

let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,

exalted for you, or brought low for you;

let me be full, let me be empty,

let me have all things, let me have nothing:

I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things

to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

you are mine and I am yours. So be it.

And the covenant now made on earth,

let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Week 1: Questions for Reflection

Bad things happen. It helps us to know that God is still present and working, but we can get off-track when we think God makes bad things happen for good. Instead, God promises to make broken things beautiful.

 

After reading Romans 8:28 and the Covenant Prayer:

 

What hurt needs healing in your life? Give it up to God.

 

How can you gain more peace and assurance in the midst of life’s trials now and in the future? Write it in a sentence.

 

What three things will you begin TODAY to align your life with God’s will and plan? Make a list and keep it with you.