The Abide team does a group devotional focused on Abide's weekly theme. We read verses, listen to meditations, and reflect on how God is speaking to us. We're publishing these devotionals so you can use them as a resource for a Bible study or in your own quiet time. Enjoy!
TOPIC: From Alone To Together
Great quote about togetherness from Desmond Tutu, “God's dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.”
A few weeks ago I shared with the writers the concept of “havruta”. In the Jewish tradition, havruta is “learning in pairs.” You see this In Matthew 10 where the disciples are listed in havruta pairs: Simon and Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew; James and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot.
Observant Jews seldom study the Torah alone but rather it is a social experience. The havruta pair struggles to understand the meaning of each passage and discusses how to apply it.
Read and listen for words of togetherness.
If you're in a group, take turns reading the week's Bible verses. Read the scriptures here
As time permits, listen to the meditations. Everybody can listen to a separate meditation or you can listen collectively as a group. The meditations for the different days are linked below, and the shortest version is 2 minutes long.
- Learning to love and be loved - 1 Peter 4:8
- United By Love - Philippians 2:2
- Love One Another - John 13:34
- Where Two Are Gathered - Matthew 18:20
- What We All Need - James 2:15-21
- Two Are Better Than One - Ecclesiastes 4:9
- Worshipping Together - Psalm 95:6
- How do you experience examples of “havruta” in your personal business life?
- How do you experience “havruta” in your spiritual life?
- How can we practice “havruta” at Abide?
Share your answers in the comments below.