I Can Admit…
If you missed Sunday’s Sermon
Read or listen to Ownership – You Can’t Blame Your Way To Freedom (Freeway, Week 4)
Do you remember playing Truth or Dare as a child? My kids always prefer the dares. But the truths are all about admitting things about ourselves that folks might not know. And being able to admit something – even if its a game – can be cathartic.
So, in the spirit of being cleansed from those hidden parts of our lives, what can you admit about yourself?
Start with something fun or silly: _____________________________
Admit something about your family: ___________________________
Admit something personal: _________________________________
Admit a feeling you have had that you don’t tell people: ______________
Admit something that is hard to say out loud: _____________________
1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we refuse to admit that we are sinners, then we live in a world of illusion and truth becomes a stranger to us. But if we freely admit that we have sinned, we find God utterly reliable and straightforward—he forgives our sins and makes us thoroughly clean from all that is evil.” (JB Phillips Translation)
Consider sharing some of these admissions with a friend. And take some time to prayerfully share them all with God.
Now, consider these questions in light of your admissions:
What does taking responsibility for your life look like? Remember ownership/responsibility is not about fault, it is about owning your contribution to a situation and dealing with what is right in front of you.
How does taking responsibility lead to freedom?
End this devotional time by simply sitting in silence listening to what God is saying to you through the silence.
God’s Words for This Week
Genesis 3:8-13 – The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” … The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” (NRSV, v.12-13)
Galatians 6:4-5 – Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. (The Message, v.4-5)
John 5:2-9 – Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” (CEB, v.7)
This Week at Hood
Monday, October 2, 3:30 pm – Women’s Circle 1 Small Group
Monday, October 2, 6:30 pm – Women’s Circle 2 Small Group
Wednesday, October 4, 4:30 pm – Prayer & Inspiration
Wednesday, October 4, 6:00 pm – Young-ish Adult Small Group (ages 25-45)
Wednesday, October 4, 6:45 pm – Choir Practice
Thursday, October 5, 12 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Pastor Jason at The Cellar for Drop-In Coffee & Conversation (108 N Wilson St)
Friday, October 6, 6:00 pm – One Homeless Night Concert at Stewart Theater
Sunday, October 8, 9:15 am – Christian Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at Cracker Barrel (Dunn)
Sunday, October 8, 11:00 am – Worship – Forgiveness
Sunday, October 22 – Homecoming – Invite Family and Friends (worship & lunch afterwards)
Saturday, November 4 – Cotton Festival
Sunday, November 19, 9:30 am – Church-Wide Thanksgiving Breakfast
Sunday, November 19, 6:30 pm – Community Thanksgiving (hosted at Hood MCC)
January 17, 2018
January 16, 2018
January 10, 2018