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:
Sovereign God, today and every day we long to be fully seen by you. In Love’s truest form, you already know us. You’ve known us for eternity. You’ve created us with purpose and passion.
But there are times we hide our faces from you. There are times we laugh at your promises to try to mask our own doubt or even our own joy. There are times we mistake your will. There are times we play favorites. There are times we feel cheated. There are times we leave our sisters and brothers for dead. There are times we sit in silence, waiting for deliverance.
Show us how to simply surrender. Show us what trust looks like. May we open our hands in faith and receive today not as we would have it, but as it is. May we cling to your promise — the mighty Love that extends from generation to generation. May we know, and be known by, Love itself. Amen.
WITNESS: TALK AND LIVE IT OUT
This Week’s Scripture: Genesis 37:3-34, 50:15-21
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!
- What does this passage tell us about God?
What do we learn about his character, his posture, and his purpose in our world?
- What does this passage tell us about ourselves?
What do we see in this passage that brings clarity to our identity and purpose in our world?
- How does this passage help us love our neighbors?
In light of what we’ve learned about God and ourselves, how might this story empower us to listen, learn, and love our neighbors well?
- How can we put this into practice?
What would it look like to embody what this story teaches us in ways that make us more like Jesus in both our words and actions in our world?
THE BIG QUESTION
When we look at our family histories, there’s often much to be proud of… and yet many things that must be left behind. Joseph’s life emerged in the midst of an incredibly disfunctional family, and his choices changed the trjectory of their future. In your own story, what patterns of brokeness and family disfunction do you need to leave behind? What would breaking the cycle through the power of God look like?