Sent: Week 4, Day 5

Day 5: Acts 17:6-18:11 (1-5, 10-12 below)

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women…

10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue.11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 

  • Why is it so important to know and understand the Word of God?
  • What place do you think the death and resurrection of Christ has in people coming to faith?
  • What steps would you need to take to make the Word of God a more central place in your faith?
  • Ask God to give you and Trinity a hunger for His Word and for opportunities to share it with others.

Prayers for the Unreached:  All info gathered from joshuaproject.net 

Akha of Vietnam: In this culture, memory of creation and genealogy poems hold utmost importance in their animistic practices. Pray that the Akhas turn their lives towards Christ and that the Lord of the Harvest will send workers into this field to tell the Akhas the Good News. 

Sent: Week 4, Day 4

Day 4: Acts 16:16-40 (25-34 below)

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

  • What are some of the things that people around you see in your life that witness to the Lord?
  • What things do people who are not followers of Jesus need to see or experience to be drawn to faith in Him?
  • Pray for people who are in your life who do not have faith in Jesus or need to experience deeper and vibrant faith.

Prayers for the Unreached:  All info gathered from joshuaproject.net 

 

The Khmer of France: These people, most of whom are originally from Cambodia, now live away from their homeland and practice Buddhism in France. Pray that God will give wisdom and favor to missions agencies working to reach these people and that he will strengthen new converts and encourage them to reach out to their own people. 

Sent: Week 4, Day 3

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Day 3: Acts 15:36-16:15 (36-41, 1-5 below)

36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

16 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.

  • What do we learn about the need and role of strengthening churches?
  • What do you believe are crucial steps necessary to strengthen someone in their faith?
  • Why do you think strong faith & increased numbers often go hand in hand?  
  • Ask God for your faith to be strengthened and for how you can help strengthen someone else’s faith. 

Silva, Felipe and Janelle — Romania

The Silva’s work in the Jiu Valley of Romania is to build positive characteristics through rock climbing. They primarily work with Roma youth, who are a heavily discriminated and marginalized people group. The gym where they offer rock climbing is a space for these children to escape one of the poorest and abandoned neighborhoods in the valley. This ministry provides the youth with an environment where they can

Sent: Week 4, Day 2

Day 2: Read Acts 15:1-35 (1-11 below)

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. 3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. 4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. 5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”

6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. 7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”

  • What barriers do we put in front of others that can keep people from faith?
  • What issues challenge the church today?  How should the church respond? 
  • What does this passage say that points to what is most important in faith?  
  • Ask God to “cleanse the hearts by faith” of those who you want to see come to faith in Christ.

Prayers for the Unreached: 

Abaza, Arabized of Egypt: These Muslim people are known as Egypt's elite, making change through the gospel more difficult. To reach the Abazinians in their prestige, pray for Christian businessmen to engage with them and teach them about Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Abazinians who will then boldly declare the gospel to others. 

Sent: Week 4, Day 1

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Day 1: Read Acts 14:1-28 (8-17 below)

8 Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, 10 said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking. 11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, 15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. 16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 

  • What does this passage say about the importance of faith in God’s work?
  • Where do the apostles place the emphasis – in miracles or the message?  Why do you think this is so? 
  • Are there things in your life that you are claiming credit or applause that need to be directed to God?  If so, where is this seen? 
  • Pray for faith and/or repentance.  Ask God to give you deeper faith for his healing touch or for God to illumine areas not in line with Him. 

Pray for one of our Local mission partners:

Holt, Olivia— Nicaragua (CEPAD, RCA missionary)    

Olivia connects churches and individuals outside of Nicaragua to the RCA partners at CEPAD and THB. She operates both as the RCA liaison to Nicaragua and coordinator volunteer opportunities at the ministries. We can lift Olivia and CEPAD and THB up in prayer as Nicaragua has been named a strategic impact area by the RCA, which means a drastic increase of resources and volunteer efforts are being funneled into the country. Discernment and guidance will be needed as decisions are made on what to do with those resources. Olivia is also engaged to be married in June to Phil, and we can pray for a solid transition and life rhythm as newly married couple. 

Sent: Week 3, Day 5

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Day 5: Acts 12:1-24 (1-11 below)

About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. 2 He killed James the brother of John with the sword, 3 and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

6 Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. 7 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” 9 And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

  • Where have you seen or heard of a modern miracle?
  • How important is prayer to your life?  How important is it to Trinity?
  • Ask God to give you and Trinity a deeper prayer life and for us to experience the power and miraculous work of God in new ways.

Pray for one of our Local mission partners:

Senior care — Orange City, region

The Pioneer Home, Landsmeer and Prairie Ridge are facilities that serve and care for many seniors in our community and beyond.  We also have care facilities such as Good Samaritan in LeMars, Happy Siesta in Remsen and Ostego Place in Storm Lake that care for members of Trinity.  Lift up the work and workers at these places as you lift up our dear seniors who live there.

Sent: Week 3, Day 4

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Day 4: Acts 11:1-30 (19-29 below)

19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.25 So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.  27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29 So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.

  • Where do you see God at work in our area?  What role might you play?
  • When people describe you as a “Christian” what words, actions or images do you want them to see that describes this title?
  • How might God be calling you to respond to needs as a result of your faith?  Ask God to open your eyes to the needs around you and respond with boldness and generosity.

Pray for one of our Local mission partners: 

Children’s Ministries — Trinity, Orange City

Take time to pray for our children from birth through elementary school.  Pray for the various ministries such as nursery, Little Lambs, Children & Worship, Kingdom Kids, Summer Kids Adventure and more.  Pray for all those who minister directly with children and for everyone as we live out our covenant vows.

Sent: Week 3, Day 3

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Day 3: Acts 9:36-10:48 (30-35 below)

30 And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”
34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality…

  • Who are people we would consider unclean or outsiders today?
  • What steps can we take to invite outsiders into our lives?
  • What words or actions may you need to demonstrate to connect with someone outside of faith to help them connect with Christ?  

Ask God to reveal any areas of prejudice or exclusion you may be demonstrating and pray for God to reveal people to reach out to.

Pray for one of our Local mission partners:
Adoption Ministries — Orange City, region
God has called his people to reach out to the orphan and those struggling to care for children.  Please pray for ministries like Bethany who oversee the adoption process and for ministries like Katelyn’s Fund that help adoptive parents be able to afford this venture.  Pray also for groups like Adoptive Mom’s as support and care is offered along the journey.

Sent: Week 3, Day 2

Day 2: Read Acts 9:1-35 (10-18 below)

10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized.

  • Who do you know who is an unlikely follower of Jesus?  What makes it so?
  • What barriers exist in bringing the good news to those apart from Christ? 
  • Who might God be opening the doors for you to share about Jesus? 

Ask God to open doors to places and people that seem closed to him.  (Media, politics, higher education…)

Pray for one of our Local mission partners:
School Ministries — Orange City, 
God is at work in our public and private schools in this community and region.  We praise God for My Choice, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, after school opportunities like Kids Connection and for programs like Sack Pack.  Please pray for these ministries, and the many others that reach out to care for and proclaim Christ to our students.
 

Sent: Week 3, Day 1

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Day 1: Read Acts 8:1-22 (14-22 below)

14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

  • What does this passage say about the person and work of the Holy Spirit?
  • What place do signs and miracles often have in people coming to faith?
  • How might you be limiting the power and work of the HS in your life? 


Say a prayer of repentance asking God to move you desire the powerful presence and working of the Holy Spirit in your life & the life of the church.
 

Pray for one of our Local mission partners:
Latino Ministries — Trinity and community
Our hope is for Trinity to be a place where all races, tribes and tongues would love worship and serve together.  Various ministries such as a knitting group, ESL and a weekly Bible study have been a part of our efforts in the past.  Seeking Unity events, Dinners for 8 and partnering with Amistad and Nueva Esperanza are part of what is happening presently.  Please pray that God would grow us as a multi-ethnic church in this region.

Sent: Week 2, Day 5

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Day 5: Read Acts 6:1-15 & 7:54-60 (1-7 below)

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

  • Who are people that are being neglected in our community and region?
     
  • What are ways we can reach out as a church community to bring help?
     
  • What are ways you may be called to reach out to minister to this need?
     
  • Write a prayer asking God for boldness and obedience to be part of his work here in our community and region.

Pray for one of our church ministries:
Local Needs Team                 
Needs exist within the homes of people in our church as well as people in our community.  The Local Needs team exists to walk alongside people in difficult times and help them find help and wholeness.  Lift up this ministry as people are added to the team to provide greater care and assistance as well as for each of the individuals and families that receive help along the way.  Also pray for the continued generosity of God’s people as they give resources to help others.

Sent: Week 2, Day 4

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Day 4: Read Acts 5:33-42

33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.

  • What does this passage say about God and his purposes?
     
  • Who are people or situations that try to tempt us from speaking for Christ?
     
  • What would cause us to rejoice at being persecuted for the name of Christ?
     
  • Write a prayer asking God to strengthen our resolve and persistence in proclaiming the good news of Christ, especially when it is difficult.

Pray for one of our National mission partners:
Mompremier, Jean Jean & Kristie - United Christians International, Haiti
The vision of UCI is to plant New Testament churches that will develop and unleash Haitian leaders who will then plant and develop additional churches, ministries and leaders.  A crucial part of UCI is the development of primary and secondary schools for the children, youth and adults in Haiti who struggle with enough affordable, quality education.  Pray for this ministry and the team of 9 who will be serving there in late June.

Sent: Week 2, Day 3

Day 3: Read Acts 5:12-32 (12-21 below)

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12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.

  • What does this passage say about the character and actions of these Christ followers?
     
  • How does your life and speech cause problems with people around you?
     
  • What would it look like to be willing to be persecuted for your faith?
  • Write a prayer asking God to give you boldness to obey Christ rather than the prevailing ways of our culture?

Pray for one of our Local mission partners:
Hunger Ministries — Local, Regional & Global
Trinity is partnered with the Food Pantry in Orange City, Shepherd’s Table in our nearby region, The Banquet in Sioux Falls and Then Just Feed One globally.   Pray for these ministries, and others that feed folks who are needy, that they may be effective tools for Christ’s kingdom.  

Sent: Week 2, Day 2

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Day 2: Read Acts 4:23-5:11 (29-37 below)

29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.

  • What obstacles keep you from speaking about Christ boldly?
     
  • Is there anything in your life keeping the Holy Spirit from moving freely and powerfully in you?
     
  • How does your life impact others because of your relationship with Jesus?
     
  • Write a prayer asking God to open up doors for helping those in need.

Pray for one of our church ministries
Vasileiadis, Pav and Meg – Commission to Every Nation, Greece
Pav and Meg work with the mission organization Commission to Every Nation.  They directly work with the Greek Bible College as well as with refugees that have poured into this area.  They are active in a church plant and other activities in the community of Kypseli.  Pray that God would use their work in this region where very few people are followers of Christ.

Sent: Week 2, Day 1

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Day 1: Read Acts 4:1-22 (1-13 below)

And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.

5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 

  • What does this passage say about our Trinitarian God?
     
  • Who is someone in your path that needs God's healing touch through you?
     
  • Where might God be asking you to be bold in speaking about him this week?
     
  • Write a prayer asking God to give you boldness and power in the midst of the insecurities you have to witness.

Pray for one of our Local mission partners:
Genesis House - Orange City, 
Genesis House provides a place for women and children who have been impacted by homelessness or domestic violence to make a new start.  Pray that those who lead may help empower these women to live in new and interdependent ways and experience the healing and wholeness God desires.

Sent: Week 1, Day 5

Day 5: Read Acts 3:1-26 (1-10 below)

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Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God,10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

  • What are ways you need healing and wholeness in your life?
     
  • Where do people in your sphere of influence need healing and wholeness?
  • What may God want you to give to others that can bring healing?
     
  • Write a prayer asking God for opportunities to be part of his healing work.

Pray for one of our Global mission partners:
Baraka, Titus and Mary - Uganda, Africa and Words of Hope.            
     

Titus & Mary work with Words of Hope to bring the gospel message to the country of Uganda.  One of the primary ministries is the broadcast of Christian messages and the distribution of self-powered radios for people to listen with.  Titus also works with education at a primary school in the region and does many pastoral training opportunities and evangelistic endeavors.  Pray for the team who will be serving in Uganda this summer.

Sent: Week 1, Day 4

Read Acts 2:37-47

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37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

  • What does this passage say about God?
     
  • How does your faith and life reflect the life of the early apostles?
     
  • What areas may God be calling you to live differently to reflect your faith?
     
  • Write a prayer asking God to use the common things in your life to grow and testify to Christ.

Pray for one of our church ministries: Hospitality Ministry                 
As a church Trinity is called to be radically hospitable for everyone who walks in the doors of the church.  Each Sunday people provide a warm greeting and make available a warm cup of coffee.  Meals are shared for various occasions in the life of the church and extended to people going through both difficult and joyous seasons of life.  Pray that each person serving in this area would see their part in God’s work and find joy in providing hospitality to those God places in their path.

Sent: Week 1, Day 3

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Read Acts 2:22-36 (29-36 below)

29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”’ 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

  • What does this passage say about God?
     
  • How does the resurrection of Jesus impact your faith and life?
     
  • What does it mean that Jesus is to be both Lord (ruler) and Christ (Savior)?
     
  • Write a prayer asking God to give you boldness to speak for Christ?

Pray for one of our Local mission partners: ATLAS — Orange City
(Attaining Truth, Love And Self-control)

The mission of ATLAS is to connect people with healthy church members in mentoring relationships.  This empowers people to learn and grow spiritually, allowing true change and transformation to happen.  Pray for the ATLAS team to help discern the best next steps forward for people who come to them.  Pray also for empowering mentoring relationships to happen.

Sent: Week 1, Day 2

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As we launch into a brand new series in the book of Acts called "sent," we wanted to supplement what we are doing on Sunday mornings with material each week to help you further engage spiritually throughout the week.  If you missed the sermon you can find it here, otherwise use this to help in your own devotions or small group time this week.

Read Acts 2:1-21 (1-13 below)

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

  • What “works of God” has God revealed to you and may be calling you to proclaim? 
     
  • Who may God be calling you to share his good news with?
     
  • What fears do you have in being a witness in the context you live?
     
  • Write a prayer asking God to put people in your life you can be a witness to?

Pray for one of our National mission partners: Dillingham, Rob and Kristi– Alaska
Child Evangelism Fellowship

Rob is starting his role as Family Ministry Coordinator for CEF and and managing the volunteers who work with this ministry as well as providing strategic oversight. Kristi will be utilizing her strengths to do event planning and logistics for the clubs that CEF puts on.  The Dillingham children will be actively involved in the leading of CEF clubs as well.  Pray for the Dillingham’s as they shift to this new ministry in Alaska.

Sent: Week 1, Day 1

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As we launch into a brand new series in the book of Acts called "sent," we wanted to supplement what we are doing on Sunday mornings with material each week to help you further engage spiritually throughout the week.  If you missed the sermon you can find it here, otherwise use this to help in your own devotions or small group time this week.

Read Acts 1:1-26         Questions for Small Groups:

When Jesus’ disciples gather together after his resurrection, they ask him, “Lord is this the time when you will restore the Kingdom of Israel?”  They are expecting an earthly kingdom like other nations where they are on top of the world.  But Jesus has a different kingdom in mind, and he will be a different kind of king.  In what ways does Jesus challenge our own expectations and assumptions about his kingdom?  What makes his kingdom different than all other kingdoms of the world?

Jesus promises his disciples that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”  What is your understanding of the Holy Spirit?  Why is the Holy Spirit so important?  In what ways are you open to the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in your life?  In what ways are you resistant?

Jesus sends us to be his “witnesses.”  Pastor Brian talked about a witness as a herald who runs into a territory and announces that a new king is enthroned.  Another image of a witness is someone who gives testimony in court regarding what they have seen and heard.  In what ways is Jesus sending you to be his witness (think about places, relationships, circumstances, etc.)?  What does this look like in your everyday life?

Pastor Brian challenged us individually and as a community to enter into a season of prayer.  What role does prayer play in your own life?  What makes prayer hard for you?  If you made the practice of prayer more intentional in your own life and as a small group, what would that look like?  Commit to one way that you will get into action around prayer over the next four weeks.

Is there anything else you heard the Holy Spirit speaking to you/us through the sermon this morning?  What would it look like to take a step of obedience?