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Burden Bearing

May 31, 2015 - Rev Matt Tuggle




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Family Connection:

Write Galatians 6:2 on a card to help you and your family memorize the verse this week. Place in a prominent place in your home (ie. back door, refrigerator, mirror, etc) as a reminder to memorize and consider how you might be able to help lighten someone else's load each day.

"Carry the Load" - grab a backpack and put as many rocks as you can inside. Parents, have a child wear the backpack so that he or she may experience the weight. Now, have everyone in the family offer a hand to help support the load.

Discuss as a family how it felt to carry it all alone. How did it feel to have the support of your family? Share a time in your life when someone has helped you carry a heavy burden. Share a time when you helped someone else carry their load.

Happy June, everybody! I hope you’ve been soaking up the sun these last few days. We loved worshiping with you all on Sunday! We wrapped up our Galatians series with Galatians 6, and we’re starting a new series this week called Rise. We hope you’ll join us for worship on Sunday!

Galatians: Burden Bearing
Sunday’s message can be summed up with four words: Dare to draw near.

That is what we want to happen in The Chapel this summer. We want to dare you to draw near to one another and form a community. We want you to draw near to someone in your life who doesn’t have a church home and bring them with you to The Chapel.

Galatians 6:2 says Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

In the story of the Good Samaritan, there is a man who has been beaten nearly to death lying on the side of the road. A priest passes him on the other side. A Levite does the same. Then comes the Samaritan. The scriptures says that he came near to him and then he was moved with pity.

It was in choosing to draw near to the man that the Samaritan found compassion for him.

This is what we are called to do. We need to draw near to the people around us whose burdens are heavy.

We need to draw near to the people who make us uncomfortable so that we can see them as people and feel compassion toward them.

We need to draw near to the people in our lives who we keep at a distance so we can pretend everything is okay.

What can you do this summer to draw near? Where can you volunteer? Whom can you invite to church with you?

Galatians 6:5 says that All must carry their own load. We can’t give our burdens to someone completely, just as we can’t take theirs. We can, however, draw close enough to people to help make their load lighter, and allow them to help lift ours as well.

Dare to draw near.

Reading Schedule:
Wednesday: Isaiah 2:1-4
Thursday: Isaiah 6:1-8
Friday: Isaiah 40:27-31
Saturday: Isaiah 53:1-6

 

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