Wesley’s Renewal Covenant
Readings taken from Wesley’s Covenant Renewal Service www.seedbed.com
In this new year, O Lord, bless me and keep me, along with those I love; make your face shine upon us and be gracious to us; lift up your countenance upon us and give us peace; I ask this in your holy name. Amen.
~ Bobby Gross. Living The Christian Year; Time to inhabit the story of God. IVP. 80.
Jeremiah 31:34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’
because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Questions for Group Discussion
Icebreaker: True or false – Good relationships require mutual investments of time, attention, and love.
• What must happen so that God’s will originates from within a person’s mind and becomes written in his or her heart? How does Jesus factor into the new covenant of which God is speaking?
• How are you living, really? How do you want to live? Which would you use to describe daily time with God: not a real priority, an afterthought most of the time, a chore that gets done regularly, or a joy that simply can’t be missed?
• How do we emulate God’s holiness without becoming self-righteous and sanctimonious in the process? What qualities did Christ display that we have the means of duplicating in our own lives?
• How might you have grown complacent in your relationship with God? What changes can you make to re-energize the love you give and receive to and from God?
Application: Having a full relationship with God is like being in a successful marriage; each fully committed to the other, enjoying time together on a daily basis, sharing everything without reservation, sharing one identity, and loving unreservedly. God’s commitment to each of us is abundant and constant; thus, the responsibility falls on us to accept and carry out our place within the family.