The Joshua Victor Theory

Serve Me the Good Portion!

July 19, 2010

Sermon on Luke 10:38-42 for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost.

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  1. Who is the host and who are the guests in the scene with Mary and Martha? Who is host and guest when we gather for worship?

  1. What sort of busyness, service, or distraction can take us away from receiving the “one thing needful”, to hear God’s Word? On Sundays? On weekdays? Describe the “good portions” that we receive from God. Make it an intentional goal to set aside that time only for Jesus, both weekly for worship, and daily for His Word.

Learn and Practice the Four Strands of Devotion and Prayer. As you read a Scripture passage daily, use the acronym TARP (Thanksgiving, Ask, Repent, Prayer) to guide your study along four questions:

1. Thanksgiving (For what does God’s Word inspire me to give thanks?)

2. Ask (What does God ask us to do or believe?)

3. Repent (For what thought, word, or deed should I repent?)

4. Prayer (For whom or what am I inspired to pray?)

  1. If you don’t currently read the Bible throughout the week, set a goal for yourself to begin doing devotions. If you don’t read at all, try to set your goal to study at least once a week, and set a time and stick to it! Make an “appointment” to sit at the feet of Jesus! If you read the Bible once or twice a week, set a goal to double that. If you already read the Bible and do devotions daily, great! Work on expanding your prayer life.

  1. What are the benefits of receiving the “one thing needful/good portion?”

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