Grow Deep - TBD Edition week two

Week Two: November 18-24

TBD: “B” – Be Brave

Memory Verse: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10a

When I was 6 or 7, my father asked me to jump off the high dive at our community pool. I don’t know how high it was, but when I looked up, it seemed very high! I was afraid, but my father promised to be right there with me. Cautiously, I climbed up the ladder and walked out to the edge of the board. I looked down. My heart was pounding; my eyes were riveted to the bottom of the pool. My father, who was treading water right below where I was standing, called to me. He told me to focus on him and nothing else. I trusted him. I fixed my gaze, took a deep breath, and jumped!

It was my father who gave me courage that day. And it is God who gives us courage in these uncertain “last days” in which we live. Throughout Scripture, and especially in our readings this week, we hear our heavenly Father calling us to be followers of Jesus who are brave and bold. God says these “last days” are not a time for shrinking back in fear. The abundant life He promises us now and in the future calls us to fix our eyes on Jesus, take a deep breath and jump! He calls us to look forward to and boldly share with others the hope of our eternal future with Him. We do not have to be afraid or dismayed; He is our God, and He is with us! He has promised that His strength, His help and His mighty power are ours!

Taking Jesus to the Streets: While the “when” is still TBD, Jesus is coming again! This week take time to think about the TBD of His return. Be bold … talk with someone about the ways your life would be different if you believed that TBD time in the future was today. He IS coming again with glory! Look forward! Be brave!

Sunday, November 18

Read: Isaiah 41:10
God calls us to be brave and bold as we wait for all that is TBD in the future … to depend on His strength, His help and His power without fear or discouragement. What are the promises that God gives in this verse? How do His promises affect your daily life? How should they?

Monday, November 19

Read: Daniel 6
Daniel was committed to daily prayer and prayed boldly. How do Daniel’s prayer disciplines encourage you in your own prayer life? How can you engage in bold prayer this week with another member of your family or a friend?

Tuesday, November 20

Read: Psalm 78:1-8
The Psalmist tells us to boldly reveal God to future generations by teaching them and passing the faith on so they may do the same for the next generation and the next and the next. How can you set aside time in your busy schedule to talk about God and teach your children at home today? How could your participation in a children’s event in the community or at church (Gingerbread House event at LCWG) impact a child who is not your own?

Wednesday, November 21

Read: Matthew 14:22-33
In the midst of the storms of our lives, we are called to be brave, to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. Do you know someone who is facing a storm in his/her life right now? Share a word of encouragement with that person … share a favorite Scripture, pray with them, tell them about a time that Jesus “rescued” you during a “stormy” experience.

Thursday, November 22

Read: Revelation 2:8-11
The believers of the church at Smyrna were brave and bold in their faith, even in the face of physical threat, harm and death. How does their faith challenge you? How could you explain their resolve to suffer death in order to receive the crown of life to someone who is not a Christian?

Friday, November 23

Read: Hebrews 10:19-25
Be bold as you meet together with your church family; encourage one another in the faith and in love and good deeds. Why is it important to meet regularly with others in worship, Bible studies and/or small groups? How do you encourage one another? How do you hold each other accountable?

Saturday, November 24

Read: Acts 4:1-13
Be brave; boldly share your faith in word and in deed. The world will take notice! How did the rulers and elders respond to Peter and John’s testimony? How might someone respond to your testimony of faith? With whom have you shared your testimony recently? Be bold; be intentional. Share your testimony of faith with someone before Christmas and invite them to worship with you.