Weekly Liturgy :: Gospel Friendships

+ Gospel Friendship Commitment

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:23-25

Gospel Friendships consist of 2-4 people and are a powerful process for our growth in Christ as we desire to go deeper in our journey as disciples of Jesus together. We commit to meet regularly (weekly or twice a month) to share in each other’s joys, sorrows, hopes, and fears—seeking to listen for, and point each other to, the voice of Jesus (the Gospel). We commit to reading God’s Word and listening for His voice, we will focus on growing in our spiritual maturity, and we will pray for one another and for those who are not yet followers of Jesus. Once our group of two or three people reaches four people, we commit to multiply and form two groups so that others may come to know Christ and become established in the faith.

Gather

How did you experience God this week (joys, struggles, breakthroughs)?

Scripture

How did the Holy Spirit speak to you through His Word this week? (We desire for God’s Word to always be on our minds, upon our lips, and deep in our hearts).

Confession

Questions to engage either corporately or silently: What have you put in place of God or given your heart to this week? What sin do you need to repent of? What area are you not trusting your identity is in Christ? Encourage one another to turn to God and receive his forgiveness and grace. (Consider praying our Corporate Confession together)

+ Corporate Confession

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. Amen.

Prayers

Spend a few minutes praying into the areas God has spoken to you about. Pray for one another and for the non-believers in your lives. (Consider praying through the Lord’s Prayer)

+ The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name
Thank God for who He is and His abundant faithfulness.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Pray for God’s rule and reign to become a reality.

Give us this day our daily bread
Pray for God’s daily provision in your life.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us
Confess your sins to the Lord, and forgive people who have wronged you.

Lead us not into temptation
Ask for God to guide you in ‘paths of righteousness for His name sake’.

Deliver us from evil
Pray for God’s protection against any of the strategies of Satan.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

Sending

Where are you being sent this week to share Jesus through your actions and words?


Dive Deeper

At our Baptism and Confirmation we make certain commitments as a disciple of Jesus. As we engage in these commitments through our life, we can anticipate bearing the fruit of loving God (Worship), having our loves shaped in Christ (Formation), and loving others in Word and deed (Mission). These commitments of a disciple are a helpful way to take an audit of our hearts and lives. Pick one, or discuss them all.

Commitments of a Disciple

+ Worship

  • Am I daily turning to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?
  • Am I believing and trusting in God the Father who made this world?
  • Am I believing and trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ, who redeemed me?
  • Am I believing and trusting in His Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God?
  • Am I renouncing the desires of my sinful nature and all forms of idolatry?
  • Am I regularly participating in corporate services to worship the Lord with all my heart, mind and strength?

+ Formation

  • Am I consistently meeting with other Christians for fellowship to stir up the gifts of God that are in me?
  • Am I daily reading my bible and praying?
  • Am I supporting and praying for my church, bringing my gifts and talents to the work of the Kingdom of God?
  • Am I daily seeking repentance from my sins?
  • Am I remaining alert and watchful, and firmly resisting my enemy, the devil?
  • Am I renouncing Satan, his works and the evil powers of this world?

+ Mission

  • Am I telling my neighbors about the love of Christ?
  • Am I pursuing justice and truth and seeking reconciliation among all people?
  • Am I supporting and praying for the lonely, the orphans, widows and all the voiceless?
  • Am I endeavoring to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, welcome the needy, clothe the naked, visit the sick and those in prison?
  • Am I a stewarding well God’s creation?