Expressing An Inexpressible joy | Youth Devotion | 3.29.20

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Opening Reflection

“Let the leper healed in Mark 1 speak for all the ordinary people. Mark says, ‘He went out and began to proclaim [his healing] freely, and to spread the word.’ So you think that you are ordinary, that you don’t count, that you haven’t made a difference? Look at these ordinary people. They kept the Gospel [good news] alive until Mark could write it down. Listen, you count! You are the spreaders of the good news!”

-Rodney Wallace Kennedy

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Scripture Reading

1 Peter 1:3-12

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

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Prayer

Collect on the Reign of Christ

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all
things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord
of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth,
divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together
under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

– Book of Common Prayer

  • Pray for the world, and its needs – what is occurring within it. For leaders in government, for educators, doctors, and the wisdom of those faced with difficult decisions.
  • Pray for our community, those working and those out of work. For those mourning, and those who have occasion to celebrate.
  • Pray for the church, our local church body and the church globally that the church might proclaim Christ and faithfully follow him.
    As the end of our time of prayer, consider writing a prayer for a church member you miss seeing to let them you know are praying for them.

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Devotional Message

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Response

  • We are studying 1 Peter as a Youth Ministry.
  • Check your e-mail. The PDF of the study is included. Start with week 1.
  • Find ways to encourage others, living as ones called by God.
    – How is God calling you to live differently, as one of the household of God?
The Waco Tribune-Herald recently showed how local people are trying to aid medical professionals in many ways they can. This is the project for which Kendall’s lending a helping hand right now.
  • How can you use your gifts or time for the sake of others this week?

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Closing Blessing

What comfort is it that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead?

It is this: that in all our sorrows, with heads held high, we await the same one who gave his life for our sake, who has removed all curse from us, to come as judge from Heaven.*

*(Inspired by Heidelberg Catechism)

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