HOME CHURCH GUIDE
In this season where our Church is unable to gather as a whole family for worship, we’re seeking to equip our Restoration family for God’s work among them – right where they are. That’s what Home Church is all about: giving you tools to gather with community groups or other believers (*safely* in person or online) for a shared experience of worship with the whole Restoration family. Below, you’ll find three movements of worship together: Worship (praise and prayer), Word (opening the Scriptures), and Witness (talking it out and living it out. So whether with a community group or a friend or two, let’s worship together!
FAMILY WORSHIP GUIDE
As we make our way through the story of God, we are prioritizing the discipleship of our children through our Family Worship Guide each week! Each week, you’ll find questions, activitives, and other fun stuff that follows along with the same passages as the adults. Join us!
WORSHIP: PRAISE AND PRAYER
Worship is the continual process of orienting our hearts around that which we value most. Each Sunday, we worship in song and prayer to offer our hearts and allegience to Jesus, who alone is worthy of our praise. In your Home Churches, we encourage worship through the use of the video below or by worship in person. If you cannot participate through song in your group, spend time answering this question:
What do I have to praise God for this week?
Prayer for the week:
This prayer of confession and repentance comes from the Book Of Common Prayer, a resources Christians of many traditions have used for centuries.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.
WITNESS: TALK AND LIVE IT OUT
This Week’s Scripture: Joel 2:12-13,28-29
Whether among your community group or a few friends over Zoom, we want to challenge you to move beyond just knowledge and information and into practicing the way of Jesus in your everyday life! But we do this together. Below you’ll find some questions to discuss, as well as next steps for living it out!
Studying The Scriptures Together
- It is often in moments of brokenness and pain that we experience God in ways that we would not have otherwise. Can you share from your own faith journey about a time when you’ve encountered God’s presence in a powerful way in your suffering?
- Joel 2:13 calls us out of an external religion to a heart-level repentance before God. How do you know the difference between when we’re “dialing it in” spiritually and truly seeking God from our hearts?
- Romans 2:4 tells us that it’s God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. How does love motivate our movement towards God in a way that is different from fear, guilt, and shame?
- Like the people of God in the book of Joel, we’re experiencing a catastrophe that is out of our hands. As you look back over the last 9 months, where has God met you in your discontent? What have these times taught you about the character of God?
Resources And Next Steps: