Weekly Believe Devotional

Weekly Believe Devotional

A weekly devotional was sent out each week during the Believe campaign in 2015-2016.

Week 30 – Humility

What does it mean to value others before myself? Key Idea: I choose to esteem others above myself. This Week’s Questions: Servant leadership is what Jesus modeled while on earth. What other ways can we demonstrate this principle besides washing someone’s feet? What do you think are the biggest adversaries of humility? How can we combat them?  Memorize the Key Verse: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to…

Week 29 – Gentleness

How do I demonstrate thoughtfulness and consideration? Key Idea: I am thoughtful, considerate and calm in my dealings with others. This Week’s Questions: Consider the Key Verse (below). Why do you think Paul put these two sentences together? Why do you think the most challenging Christlike virtue for believers to grasp is gentleness? Memorize the Key Verse: Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. – Philippians 4:5 Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for the example of…

Week 28 – Faithfulness

Why is it important to be loyal and committed to God and others? Key Idea: I have established a good name with God and others based on my loyalty to those relationships. This Week’s Questions: Why will a faithful person be richly blessed, and one eager to get rich be punished? In a world filled with unfaithfulness, how can we find inspirational examples of faithfulness? Memorize the Key Verse: Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck,…

Week 27 – Kindness & Goodness

What does it mean to do the right thing? How do I know? Key Idea: I choose to be kind and good in my relationships with others. This Week’s Questions: What are some specific ways you have experienced God’s kindness in your life? What impact has it made on you? What is something you can do this week to increase your expressions of kindness and goodness to others? Memorize the Key Verse: Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for…

Week 26 – Patience

How does God provide the help I need to deal with stress? Key Idea: I am slow to anger and endure patiently under the unavoidable pressures of life. This Week’s Questions: What external forces negatively impact your ability to remain patient? What action step can you take this week to grow in the area of patience? Memorize the Key Verse: Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. – Proverbs 14:29 Prayer: Heavenly Father, You…

Week 25 – Hope

How do I deal with the hardships and struggles of life? Key Idea: I can cope with the hardships of life because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ. This Week’s Questions: Have you ever felt despair like Job did? What questions did you ask of God? What experiences with God have increased your ability to trust him and his promises? Memorize the Key Verse: We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It…

Week 24 – Self-Control

How does God free me from addictions and sinful habits? Key Idea: I have the power through Christ to control myself. This Week’s Questions: What does the company we keep have to do with our ability to be self-controlled? What visible attributes can be found in someone who is self-controlled? Memorize the Key Verse: For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to…

Week 23 – Peace

Where do I find strength to battle anxiety and fear? Key Idea: I am free from anxiety because I have found peace with God, peace with others and peace with myself. This Week’s Questions: Who in your life maintains a state of peace even in the most troubling situations? What part does faith play in his or her ability to remain at peace? What action step can you take this week to experience greater peace with God, others, and yourself?…

Week 22 – Joy

What gives us true happiness and contentment in life? Key Idea: Despite my circumstances, I feel inner contentment and understand my purpose in life. This Week’s Questions: Why is it sometimes difficult for people who have plenty to be content? What action step can you take this week to increase the presence of joy in your daily life? Memorize the Key Verse: I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may…

Week 21 – Love

What does it mean to sacrificially and unconditionally love others? Key Idea: I am committed to loving God and loving others. This Week’s Questions: What visible attributes can be found in someone who embodies the virtue of love? It’s easy to love someone who meets our needs. Is it possible to genuinely love someone who does nothing for you or even hurts you? If so, how? Memorize the Key Verse: This is love: not that we loved God, but that…

Week 20 – Sharing My Faith

How do I share my faith with those who don’t know God? Key Idea: I share my faith with others to fulfill God’s purposes. This Week’s Questions: What does it mean to have our conversation be “full of grace” and “seasoned with salt”? What is impeding your ability to openly share your faith in Christ? Memorize the Key Verse: Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery…

Week 19 – Giving My Resources

How do I best use my resources to serve God and others? Key Idea: I give my resources to fulfill God’s purposes. This Week’s Questions: On a scale of 1-10, evaluate your level of generosity. What has helped you become more generous? What still causes you to hold back? Why do you think God is more concerned about the intentions of the giver than the size of the gift? Memorize the Key Verse: Since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech,…

Week 18 – Offering My Time

How do I best use my time to serve God and others? Key Idea: I offer my time to fulfill God’s purposes. This Week’s Questions: What challenges make it hard for you to invest time in God’s purposes? What one thing can you do to improve in the key practice of offering your time to God? Memorize the Key Verse: Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks…

Week 17 – Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts Resources Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts Course – Starting next Sunday, February 28, a three week course will be offered at 11 AM in the upper lounge. Spiritual Gifts Assessment Tool – We have a document available to help you discover what your spiritual gifts are. What gifts and skills has God given me to serve others? Key Idea: I know my spiritual gifts and use them to fulfill God’s purposes. This Week’s Questions: Write down the gift(s) you believe you possess. Choose…

Week 16 – Biblical Community

What do I do to develop healthy relationships with others? Key Idea: I fellowship with Christians to accomplish God’s purposes in my life, in the lives of others, and in the world. This Week’s Questions: God’s Word place a high value on Christian fellowship. How important is this value to you right now? What difference is it making in your life? Memorize the Key Verse: All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions…

Week 15 – Total Surrender

How do I cultivate a life of sacrificial service? Key Idea: I dedicate my life to God’s purposes. This Week’s Questions: What does it mean to offer ourselves as “living sacrifices”? What action step can you take this week to move closer to a life that is entirely surrendered to God? Memorize the Key Verse: I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is…

Week 14 – Single-Mindedness

How do I keep my focus on Jesus amidst distractions? Key Idea: I focus on God and his priorities for my life. This Week’s Questions: Can you list some of the things that distract you from putting God first in your life? What can you do to become more focused on God? Memorize the Key Verse: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33 Prayer: Heavenly…

Week 13 – Bible Study

How do I study God’s Word? Key Idea: I study the Bible to know God and his truth and to find direction for my daily life. This Week’s Questions: Reflect on the key verse below – the Word of God is like a double-edged sword; it gets under our skin and speaks directly to our hearts. In what ways have you experienced this? What action step can you take this week to make Bible study a greater part of your…

Week 12 – Prayer

How do I grow by communicating with God? Key Idea: I pray to God to know him, to find direction for my life and to lay my requests before him. This Week’s Questions: Jesus prayed before and after each major event in his life. What can we learn from this pattern of prayer Jesus demonstrated? What action step can you take this week to develop your connection with God through prayer? Memorize the Key Verse: If I had cherished sin…

Week 11 – Worship

How do I honour God in the way he deserves? Key Idea: I worship God for who he is and what he has done for me. This Week’s Questions: What visible attributes can be found in someone committed to the practice of worship? What is impeding your ability to make worship part of your everyday activity? How can you overcome this obstacle? Memorize the Key Verse: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to…

Week 10 – Eternity

What is going to happen in the future? Key Idea: I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus will return to judge all people and to establish his eternal kingdom. This Week’s Questions: What, if anything, hinders you from believing in the afterlife? As you ponder eternal life in the garden on the new earth without the presence of sin, hatred, strife, war, or death, what do you most look forward to? Memorize the Key Verse:…

Week 9 – Stewardship

What is God’s call on my life? Key Idea: I believe that everything I am and everything I own belong to God. This Week’s Questions: Contrast the lifestyle of someone who loves money with that of someone who loves God. List some of the things God has entrusted to you to manage. How can you improve your stewardship of them? Memorize the Key Verse: The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in…

Week 8 – Compassion

What is my responsibility to other people? Key Idea: I believe God calls all Christians to show compassion to people in need. This Week’s Questions: What, if anything, hinders you from showing compassion to those in need? What is something you can do this week to demonstrate this week’s Key Idea? Memorize the Key Verse: Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the…

Week 7 – Humanity

How does God see people? Key Idea: I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Saviour. This Week’s Questions: What is something you can do this week to fully love people the way God loves? Do you find it difficult to receive God’s love and forgiveness? Why or why not? Memorize the Key Verse: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall…

Week 6 – Church

How does God accomplish his purposes today? Key Idea: I believe the church is God’s primary way to accomplish his purposes on earth. This Week’s Questions: What, if anything, hinders you from fully offering your time and abilities to the mission of the church? What is something you can do this week to demonstrate your belief in the church as God’s primary way to accomplish his purposes on earth? Memorize the Key Verse: Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will…

Week 5 – Identity in Christ

Who Am I? Key Idea: I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God. This Week’s Questions: Looking back on the time since you first encountered God, what would your new name be if you could pick one to represent your identity and covenant with God? Why? What behaviours or attitudes would change if you found your value in Christ rather than personal achievements? Memorize the Key Verse: Yet to all who did receive him, to…

Week 4 – The Bible

How can I know God and his will for my life? Key Idea: I believe the Bible is the Word of God and has the right to command my belief and action. This Week’s Questions: What visible attributes can be found in someone who knows and is directed by the Word of God? What is a reading plan or resource you can implement to deepen your understanding of God’s Word? Memorize the Key Verse: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for…

Week 3 – Salvation

How Do I Have a Relationship with God? Key Idea: I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This Week’s Questions: Why is it important to both believe in our hearts and profess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord? Is there someone in your life who needs to know about salvation by grace through faith in Jesus? What’s stopping you from having that conversation? Memorize the Key Verse:…

Week 2 – Personal God

Does God Care About Me? Key Idea: I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life. This Week’s Questions: Why does Jesus want us to refrain from worry? What is impeding your ability to experience God in a personal way? How can you overcome these obstacles? Memorize the Key Verse: I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalm…

Week 1 – God

Who is God? Key Idea: I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This Week’s Questions: In what ways do you see the invisible qualities of God revealed in nature? What is something you can do this week to demonstrate your belief in the one true God? Memorize the Key Verse: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit…