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ReNew Devotional | Introduction

09.05.14 | Devotional | by Bob Hopper

ReNew Devotional | Introduction

    We invite you to join us as we begin the sermon series "ReNew." Each week, a new devotional will be posted, allowing you to follow along on-line, or you can use the link to download a PDF version. May you be blessed by experiencing your own personal renewal this fall.

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    Fall 2014 ReNew Devotional

    Introduction

    Welcome to our ReNew devotional guide. I hope your heart, my heart, all our hearts, long for spiritual renewal. I have been a Christian for over 40 years, and sometimes my focus, energy, and joy can cool and fade. There is a tendency for all of us to fall into predictable routines that lack passion. Scripture study can become informational but not transformational, prayer can be a joyless duty, loving others can feel exhausting, and worship can be unengaging. Must we settle for this kind of a stagnant and powerless spiritual existence? God graciously offers to bring renewal to our hearts as we wait (trust, rely, depend) upon him.

    28Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint .     (Isaiah 40:28-31, underlining mine)

    To “renew” is to restore, replenish, or revive. Of course, we cannot renew our own hearts through our noble intentions or disciplined efforts. Renewal is a work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). God our Father, in his great love for us, has not only declared his end to renew all things, but he has provided the necessary means to that end. Specifically, the word of God, the Spirit of God, and the people of God are his divinely appointed means to bring renewal to our hearts, our relationships, our churches, and our world.

    How to Use This Devotional

    This devotional contains 12 lessons designed for your use over a span of 13 weeks. They generally correspond with 12 Sunday morning sermons being preached at Central Presbyterian Church this fall. Although you can use this devotional apart from hearing these sermons, the devotional will be enhanced if you do so (they are accessible through our website, www.centralpres.com).

    Each devotional contains:

    1. one or more Scripture readings,
    2. a commentary on those Scriptures,
    3. study questions and action steps (for individuals, families, small groups), and
    4. a suggested prayer.

    May the Lord be pleased to bring gospel renewal to our hearts as we grow together in his word, empowered by his Spirit, in fellowship with his people, and engaging our world.         Pastor Bob

    RENEW Sermon Series: Fall 2014 

    1 Sept 7 What Is the Gospel? 1Corinthians 15:1-11
    2 Sept 14 What the Gospel Is Not Galatians 1:6-9; 2:11-21
    3 Sept 21 Do You Believe the Gospel? Colossians 1:3-14
    4 Set 28 How Does the Gospel Renew Us? Psalm 51
    5 Oct 5 A Renewal of Prayer 1Thessalonians 5:12-28
    6 Oct 12 A Renewal of Sacrificial Service Mark 8:27-38
    7 Oct 19 A Renewal of Stewardship Daniel 4:28-33; Exodus 31:1-6; Colossians 4:3; Proverbs 30:8-9
    8 Oct 26 A Renewal of Generosity 2Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:6-15
    9 Nov 2 A Renewal of Our Hearts Matthew 6:19-34
    10 Nov 9 A Renewal of Witness 1Peter 2:1-12; Colossians 4:5-6
    11 Nov 16 A Renewal of Worship Luke 7:36-50
    12 Nov 23 A Renewal of Relationships Colossians 3:1-17

     

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