C.L.A.S.S Christian Life And Service Seminar. Discipleship 201. First Baptist Church 210 S. Morgan Broussard, LA

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1 C.L.A.S.S. 201 Christian Life And Service Seminar Discipleship 201 (Discovering Spiritual Maturity) First Baptist Church 210 S. Morgan Broussard, LA CLASS Discipleship 201 (Spiritual Maturity Class) Has been edited by Pastor Weldon Moak. Grateful acknowledgement to Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Community Church, Mission Viejo, California.

2 MINISTRY STAFF PASTOR..Rev. Weldon Moak ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF YOUTH/ EDUCATION/MUSIC....Bro. Adam Whitney CHURCH SECRETARY..... Lisa Ledet PIANIST.. Teri Avet CHILDREN S DIRECTOR.. Bridget Stephens MOTHER S DAY OUT DIRECTOR.Tiffany Edmunds FINANCIAL SECRETARY..Crysti Wilson SCHEDULE SUNDAYS 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Fellowship 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Bible Study Hour 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship Service 5:30 p.m. Evening Worship Service Children & Youth Discipleship 1 st MONDAY 11:00 a.m. Young At Heart Senior Adult Luncheon WEDNESDAYS 6:30 p.m. Adult Prayer Meeting, Children and Youth Programs

3 TABLE OF CONTENTS I. STAFF/WEEKLY SCHEDULE... 2 II. HOW TO GET A GRASP ON YOUR BIBLE III. THE DISCIPLINE OF A DAILY TIME WITH GOD IV. THE DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER V. THE DISCIPLINE OF STEWARDSHIP VI. THE DISCIPLINE OF FELLOWSHIP VII. THE DISCIPLINE OF WITNESSING VIII. HOW TO START AND MAINTAIN A DISCIPLINED LIFE IX. APPENDIX X. CLASS OVERVIEW XI. BIBLE UNIVERSITY & PRIORITY COURSES XII. GROWTH COVENANT... 81

4 C.L.A.S.S. Diagram Overview Christian Life And Service Seminars Discipleship 201 Discovering Spiritual Maturity Ministry 301 Discovering Your Ministry Worship 501 Discovering True Worship Fellowship 101: Discovering Church Membership Missions 401 Discovering My Mission & Evangelism 401 Sharing Your Faith These CLASS s are designed to support each of the Six-Point Purposes of our Church. Evangelism, Missions, Fellowship, Discipleship, Worship, and Ministry

5 OUR STATEMENTS.I. BIBLICAL BASIS The basis of the purpose of our church is summarized in a single sentence based on two key scriptures: "WE BELIEVE A GREAT COMMITMENT TO THE GREAT COMMISSION AND THE GREAT COMMANDMENT WILL GROW A GREAT CHURCH!" The Great Commission: 18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 (HCSB) The Great Commandment: Which commandment is the most important of all? 29 This is the most important, Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, The Lord is One. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31 The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:28-32(HCSB) The Great Empowerment: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (HCSB) From these three passages we find the SIX PURPOSES of our church which form the basis of all we do: 1. GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES." EVANGELISM_of our community by communicating God s love and desire for a transforming relationship with them through Christ. "Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." I Peter 3:15 (NIV) 2. GO TO ALL NATIONS ENDS OF THE EARTH MISSIONS outreach to extend God s Kingdom by establishing new churches and mission points around the world. "... you will be my witnesses... to all the world." Acts 1:8 "(God) desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth." I Tim. 2:4 3. "BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME." FELLOWSHIP_ incorporation of new believers as members into God's family, His church. "You are a member of God's very own family and you belong in God's household with every other Christian." Ephesians 2:19 (LB) 4. TEACH THEM TO OBSERVE." _DISCIPLESHIP_ development by equipping and edifying God's people. "...building up the church, the body of Christ, to a position of strength and maturity... until all become full grown in the Lord. Ephesians 4:12b-13 (LB) 5. LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD." WORSHIP our Master by celebrating His presence. "O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together." Psalm 34:3 "I was glad when they said unto me, `Let us go into the house of the Lord.'" Psalm 122:1 6. "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR." MINISTRY through spiritual gifts-based ministry and demonstration of God's love to the world. "A new command I give to you `Love one another as I have loved you'"... John 13:34a "Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others." I Peter 4:10 (NIV) I was a stranger & you invited me in, I needed clothes and you gave me, in prison and you visited me." Matt. 25:35-36

6 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BROUSSARD Our Mission Statement: First Baptist Church of Broussard exists to bring glory to God and be a Lighthouse of Faith, Hope and Love. We seek to be Fully Devoted Worshippers of God; Fully Committed Disciples of Jesus Christ; and Fully Empowered Ministers through the Holy Spirit. Our Mission Objective: To Communicate God s Love through Evangelism, Extend God s Kingdom through Missions, Celebrate God s Presence through Worship, Incorporate God s family through Fellowship, Equip and Edify God s People through Discipleship, and To Demonstrate God s Love through Ministry. Our Motto: Loving God Loving One Another Our Biblical Mandate: Sharing God s Light and Love by fulfilling the Great Commission as found in Matthew 28:19-20, the Great Commandment in Mark 12:30-31, and the Great Empowerment in Acts 1:8. Our Life Purpose Statement: We were PLANNED for God s Pleasure to Worship; FORMED for God s Family to Fellowship; CREATED to become Like Christ through Discipleship ; SHAPED for Serving God through Ministry; and CALLED for a Mission of Evangelism and Missions. Our Hearts Desire: To God Be The Glory CARPE DIEM STRATEGY STEPS: Continuous reinforcement of our church s Lighthouse Theme and G.P.S. Four Point Plan of (1) Aware (2) Prayer (2) Care (3) Share Actively involved believers in a lifestyle of developing "Relationships of Integrity" with nonbelievers, and utilizing the H.O.P.E. (Houses Of Prayer Everywhere) approach. Relationships of integrity as the basis on which a verbal witness is shared with our non-believing F.R.A.N.s. (Friends, Relatives, Associates, Neighbors - FRANgelism) Purpose-driven worship services that are Biblical, Practical, Encouraging and Life Changing. Edifying and Equipping oriented Sunday evening and mid-week services. ************** Discipleship focused small groups for Bible Study (Sunday School), Evangelism, Support and Accountability Integrating and mobilizing members for T.E.A.M. Ministry utilizing their S.H.A.P.E. (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences) Education of believers to recognize that stewardship is a part of discipleship and giving is a form of worship. Modeling as a lifestyle our Ministry Motto: Loving God Loving One Another

7 WELCOME TO DISCIPLESHIP 101 We're glad you have decided to grow in your Faith Life by going through this second of our CLASS series. THE PURPOSE FOR THIS CLASS: "...that you may become mature Christians and may fulfill God's will for you." "We are not meant to remain as children...but to grow up in every way into Christ..." Col.4:12B Eph. 4:14-15 Discipleship 101 supports the DISCIPLESHIP purpose of our "Five Purpose" plan. THE FOCUS OF THIS CLASS: We will focus on the Five Basic Disciplines every Christian needs to develop in order to grow to spiritual maturity. This class will... Equip you with the skills you need to begin these disciplines Explain the tools you need to continue these disciplines THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS CLASS: To lead believers to MATURITY and become committed to studying the Bible and building a foundation of PRINCIPLES to live by. PHILOSOPHY AND VALUES STATEMENT SUPPORTED BY THIS CLASS:. Believers should be 100 % Fully Devoted Worshippers of God; Fully Committed Disciples of Jesus Christ; and Fully Empowered Ministers through the Holy Spirit. THE GOAL OF THIS CLASS: That I will COMMIT to the disciplines and habits necessary for spiritual maturity. "In the past you voluntarily gave your bodies to the service of vice and... the purposes of evil. So now give yourselves to the service of righteousness - for the purpose of becoming truly good. Rom.6:19 (Ph)

8 STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH & OUR SEVEN STRATEGY STEPS SUPPORT Hostile or Apathetic to Spiritual Things Open to Spiritual Things Actively Investigating Spiritual Things C O M M I T M E N T Learning About Christ and The Christian Life C.L.A.S.S. Lifestyle Reflects Internal Changes & New Priorities Small Groups SERVICE STEWARDSHIP MEMBERSHIP BALANCED CHRISTIAN LIFE 1 - Relationships 2 - Verbal Witness 3 - Weekend Service Commitment to Christ 4 - Midweek Service 5 - Small Groups (Sunday Bible Study & Discipleship Groups) 6 - Service Involvement 7 - Stewardship Invitation to Others Spiritual Reproduction (take others through 7 steps)

9 WHAT IS "SPIRITUAL MATURITY?" "...In the unity of common faith, and knowledge of the Son of God, we arrive at real maturity - the measure of development which is meant by "the fullness of Christ." Eph. 4:13 Spiritual Maturity is BEING LIKE CHRIST. "For from the beginning God decided that those who came to him...should become like his Son Rom. 8:29 FACTS ABOUT SPIRITUAL MATURITY 1. IT'S NOT AUTOMATIC "You have been Christians for a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead...you need someone to teach you...when person is still living on milk, it shows he isn't very far along in the Christian life...he's still a baby Christian!" Heb. 5: IT IS A PROCESS "Learn to be mature." Prov. 8:5 "Continue to grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18 There are no shortcuts! 3. IT TAKES DISCIPLINE "Take the time and the trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit." 1 Tim. 4:7b "Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness." 1 Tim. 4:7b (NAS) SIX KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING DISCIPLESHIP 1. Mature believers are called DISCIPLES 2. I cannot be a disciple without being DISCIPLINED 3. The more disciplined I become THE MORE GOD CAN USE ME 4. The mark of a disciple is CROSS-BEARING (Jesus) "Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:27 5. How often am I to do this? DAILY (Jesus) "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." 6. What is involved in "cross bearing"? WHATEVER IT TAKES to give Christ first place in my life!

10 FIVE DISCIPLINES OF A DISCIPLE HOW CAN I BECOME A DISCIPLE? Develop DISCIPLE-HABITS/DISCIPLINES "You have put off the old self with its practices, and have put on the new self which God is continually renewing in his own image, to bring you a full knowledge of himself." Col. 3: BIBLE STUDY/DEVOTIONAL TIME WITH GOD'S WORD "If you continue in my Word, then you are my disciples indeed. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8: PRAYER "If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it...in this way you become my disciples." John 15: STEWARDSHIP "None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all of his possessions." Luke 14:33 "The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives." Deut. 14:23 "...from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded." Luke 12:48b 4. FELLOWSHIP "...Love each other just as much as I love you. Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples." John 13: WITNESSING Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20

11 THE DISCIPLES CROSS

12 DEFINITIONS: Disciple: A follower and learner whose ultimate goal is to live life the way Jesus would have us live. Disciplines: A spiritual activity that helps me to do by direct effort under the guidance of the Holy Spirit what I cannot now do by my own direct effort in my own strength. Disciplined Person: Someone who can do what needs to be done when God needs it to done. be I Corinthians 9:27 "...I harden (discipline) my body...and bring it under control, to keep myself from being disqualified..."(gnb)...emphasis here is on training to live like Jesus, not just trying....the true goal of spiritual life is not just INFORMED people, not CONFORMED people, but TRANSFORMED people. (John Ortbert) "Romans 12:2...Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be ye TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind. (NIV) Disciple Making - Its Process THE CHURCH: A DISCIPLE-MAKING PLACE Definition: Disciple making is the intentional training of disciples with accountability on the basis of loving relationships. Disciple making is three-dimensional. Deliverance: conversion through evangelism Development: training - becoming established, strengthened, and nurtured in the faith. To be prepared for the work of ministry. Deployment: moving out into mission Disciple making is not one of the things a church does. Making disciples is God's plan for building healthy churches and His strategy for reaching the world. There are two levels of obedience to God: personal and corporate. Both require us to move intentionally toward discipleship. The disciple making church is one where the leadership team has defined their purpose, identified their product, determined how to make disciples, and are providing both an environment and vehicles for its surrounding completion. You can't make disciples without accountability, and you can't have accountability without structure. Taken from Bill Hull, The Pastors Update, _ Fuller Evangelistic Association

13 On the next two pages is an Assessment Guide to help you see what elements and activities would help you in your Disciple Growth:

14 Reprinted from Spiritual Growth Assessment Process P. 4 of 12.

15 HOW TO GET A "GRASP" ON YOUR BIBLE "The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God's way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone." 2 Tim. 3:16-17

16 SIX WAYS TO GET A GRASP ON YOUR BIBLE The Hand Illustration I. HOW TO HEAR GOD'S WORD "Faith comes from hearing the Word of God." Rom. 10:17 Ways to Hear God's Word The Bible on tape Church services & studies Sermon tapes Radio/TV teachers PROBLEM: We forget % of what we hear after 72 hours. FIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING 1. Be ready and eager to hear God. (Jesus) "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Luke 8:8 "...Be quick to listen..." James 1:19 2. Deal with attitudes that prevent hearing God. Luke 8:4-15) "Consider carefully how you listen..." Luke 8:18 - A Closed Mind: Is fear, pride or bitterness preventing me from hearing God?

17 - A Superficial Mind: Am I really serious about wanting to hear God speak? - A Preoccupied Mind: Am I too busy and concerned with other things to concentrate on what God has to say? 3. Confess any sin in your life. "...Get rid of all moral filth and humbly accept the Word..." James 1:21 4. Take notes on what you hear. "We must pay more careful attention to what we've heard, so that we do not drift away!" Heb. 2:1 Keep A Spiritual Notebook 5. Act on what you hear! "Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says!" mes 1:22 "Whoever...does not simply listen and then forget it, but puts it into practice - that person will be blessed in what he does." James 1:25 Charles Stanley Gives these Ten Ways to Listen to God's Word : 1. Eagerly (Neh. 8:1-2). When you come to a worship service, ask God to speak to your heart. 2. Attentively (Neh. 8:3). Your attention span is determined by your desire to know God and His will for your life. 3. Trustingly (Neh. 8:4-5). Our world is unpredictable. We must place our faith in something that gives us assurance and God's Word is trustworthy. 4. Expectantly (Neh. 8:5). In Nehemiah's day, the people couldn't understand the original languages of the scrolls. But they stood in anticipation of hearing God's Word. 5. Prayerfully (Neh. 8:6). The people bowed low and worshipped the Lord. 6. Patiently (Neh. 8:7). The people listened for hours as God's Word was read. 7. Humbly (Neh. 8:6). The people fell on their faces in humility because of their ancestors' sins, which had caused them to miss the Lord's blessings. 8. Purposefully (Neh. 8:12-17).They wanted to gain insight into the Law. Each time you come to church, ask God for insight about His character. 9. Happily. There was great joy when the people listened to the Law. You are responsible for your own attitude toward church. 10. Repentantly (Neh. 9:1-3).The people listened with repentant hearts. If the Lord brings something to your attention, don't blame the preacher. Be honest with God about it.

18 II. HOW TO READ GOD'S WORD "Happy is the one who reads this book...and obeys what is written in it!" Rev. 1:3 How often should I read God's Word? DAILY "(The scriptures) shall be his constant companion. He must read from it everyday of his life so that he will learn to respect the Lord his God by obeying all of his commands." Deut. 17:19 SUGGESTIONS Read it systematically Read it in a Bible without notes Read it in different translations (Good News, Living Bible, Phillips, New International Version) Read it aloud quietly to yourself Underline or color code key verses Choose a reading plan and stick with it If I read approximately minutes a day, I can read through the Bible once a year.

19 READING THE BIBLE THROUGH THIS YEAR Week 1, (1/1-1/7) Genesis 1:1-18:19, Matthew 1:1-6:24, Psalms 1:1-7:17, Proverbs 1:1-2:5 Week 2, (1/8-1/14) Genesis 18:20-31:16, Matthew 6:25-10:26, Psalms 8:1-12:8, Proverbs 2:6-3:15 Week 3, (1/15-1/21) Genesis 31:17-43:34, Matthew 10:27-14:13, Psalms 13:1-18:34, Proverbs 3:16-4:10 Week 4, (1/22-1/28) Genesis 44:1-Exodus 7:25, Matthew 14:14-19:12, Psalms 18:35-23:6, Proverbs 4:11-5:23 Week 5, (1/29-2/4) Exodus 8:1-21:21, Matthew 19:13-23:39, Psalms 24:1-28:9, Proverbs 6:1-7:5 Week 6, (2/5-2/11) Exodus 21:22-33:23, Matthew 24:1-27:14, Psalms 29:1-33:12, Proverbs 7:6-8:36 Week 7, (2/12-2/18) Exodus 34:1-Leviticus 7:27, Matthew 27:15-Mark 3:30, Psalms 33:13-37:11, Proverbs 9:1-10:4 Week 8, (2/19-2/25) Leviticus 7:28-18:30, Mark 3:31-8:10, Psalms 37:12-41:13, Proverbs 10:5-16 Week 9, (2/26-3/4) Leviticus 19:1-Numbers 3:51, Mark 8:11-12:17, Psalms 42:1-47:9, Proverbs 10:17-25 Week 10, (3/5-3/11) Numbers 4:1-16:40, Mark 12:18-15:47, Psalms 48:1-54:7, Proverbs 10:26-11:6 Week 11, (3/12-3/18) Numbers 16:41-28:15, Mark 16:1-Luke 3:22, Psalms 55:1-61:8, Proverbs 11:7-17 Week 12, (3/19-3/25) Numbers 28:16-Deuteronomy 4:49, Luke 3:23-7:10, Psalms 62:1-68:18, Proverbs 11:18-28 Week 13, (3/26-4/1) Deuteronomy 5:1-20:20, Luke 7:11-9:50, Psalms 68:19-73:28, Proverbs 11:29-12:10 Week 14, (4/2-4/8) Deuteronomy 21:1-32:52, Luke 9:51-12:59, Psalms 74:1-78:64, Proverbs 12:11-24 Week 15, (4/9-4/15) Deuteronomy 33:1-Joshua 12:24, Luke 13:1-17:37, Psalms 78:65-84:12, Proverbs 12:25-13:6 Week 16, (4/16-4/22) Joshua 13:1-24:33, Luke 18:1-21:28, Psalms 85:1-89:52, Proverbs 13:7-23 Week 17, (4/23-4/29) Judges 1:1-10:18, Luke 21:29-24:53, Psalms 90:1-100:5, Proverbs 13:24-14:12 Week 18, (4/30-5/6) Judges 11:1-Ruth 4:22, John 1:1-4:54, Psalms 101:1-105:36, Proverbs 14:13-27 Week 19, (5/7-5/13) I Samuel 1:1-14:52, John 5:1-7:53, Psalms 105:37-109:31, Proverbs 14:28-15:7 Week 20, (5/14-5/20) I Samuel 15:1-28:25, John 8:1-11:54, Psalms 110:1-117:2, Proverbs 15:8-23 Week 21, (5/21-5/27) I Samuel 29:1-II Samuel 12:31, John 11:55-16:33, Psalms 118:1-119:80, Proverbs 15:24-16:5 Week 22, (5/28-6/3) II Samuel 13:1-22:20, John 17:1-Acts 1:26, Psalms 119:81-121:8, Proverbs 16:6-18 Week 23, (6/4-6/10) II Samuel 22:21-I Kings 7:51, Acts 2:1-7:50, Psalms 122:1-128:6, Proverbs 16:9-33 Week 24, (6/11-6/17) I Kings 8:1-18:46, Acts 7:51-11:30, Psalms 129:1-135:21, Proverbs 17:1-13 Week 25, (6/18-6/24) I Kings 19:1-II Kings 7:20, Acts 12:1-16:15, Psalms 136:1-142:7, Proverbs 17:14-25 Week 26, (6/25-7/1) II Kings 8:1-19:37, Acts 16:16-21:16, Psalms 143:1-149:9, Proverbs 17:26-18:8 Week 27, (7/2-7/8) II Kings 20:1-I Chronicles 6:81, Acts 21:17-26:32, Psalms 150:1-6, Psalms 1:1-6:10, Proverbs 18:9-21 Week 28, (7/9-7/15) I Chronicles 7:1-21:30, Acts 27:1-Romans 3:8, Psalms 7:1-11:7, Proverbs 18:22-19:12 Week 29, (7/16-7/22) I Chronicles 22:1-II Chronicles 8:10, Romans 3:9-8:8, Psalms 12:1-18:15, Proverbs 19:13-25 Week 30, (7/23-7/29) II Chronicles 8:11-25:28, Romans 8:9-12:21, Psalms 18:16-22:31, Proverbs 19:26-20:10 Week 31, (7/30-8/5) II Chronicles 26:1-Ezral 2:70, Romans 13:1-I Corinthians 2:5, Psalms 23:1-27:14, Proverbs 20:11-23 Week 32, (8/6-8/12) Ezra 3:1-Nehemiah 5:13, I Corinthians 2:6-7:40, Psalms 28:1-32:11, Proverbs 20:24-21:7 Week 33, (8/13-8/19) Nehemiah 5:14-Esther 7:10, I Corinthians 8:1-12:26, Psalms 33:1-36:12, Proverbs 21:8-22 Week 34, (8/20-8/26) Esther 8:1-Job 22:30, I Corinthians 12:27-II Corinthians 1:11, Psalms 37:1-40:17, Proverbs 21:23-22:4 Week 35, (8/27-9/2) Job 23:1-Ecclesiastes 3:22, II Corinthians 1:12-6:13, Psalms 41:1-46:11, Proverbs 22:5-15 Week 36, (9/3-9/9) Ecclesiastes 4:1-Isaiah 5:30, II Corinthians 6:14-11:15, Psalms 47:1-53:6, Proverbs 22:16-29 Week 37, (9/10-9/16) Isaiah 6:1-24:23, II Corinthians 11:16-Galatians 3:9, Psalms 54:1-60:12, Proverbs 23:1-16 Week 38, (9/17-9/23) Isaiah 25:1-43:13, Galatians 3:10-Ephesians 2:22, Psalms 61:1-67:7, Proverbs 23:17-35 Week 39, (9/24-9/30) Isaiah 43:14-62:5, Ephesians 3:1-Philippians 2:18, Psalms 68:1-72:20, Proverbs 24:1-12 Week 40, (10/1-10/7) Isaiah 62:6-Jeremiah 9:26, Philippians 2:19-Colossians 3:17, Psalms 73:1-78:55, Proverbs 24:13-27

20 Week 41, (10/8-10/14) Jeremiah 10:1-25:38, Colossians 3:18-II Thessalonians 2:17, Psalms 78:56-84:12, Proverbs 24:28-25:15 Week 42, (10/15-10/21) Jeremiah 26:1-38:28, II Thessalonians 3:1-I Timothy 6:21, Psalms 85:1-89:52, Proverbs 25:16-28 Week 43, (10/22-10/28) Jeremiah 39:1-52:34, II Timothy 1:1-Titus 3:15, Psalms 90:1-100:5, Proverbs 26:1-19 Week 44, (10/29-11/4) Lamentations 1:1-Ezekiel 11:25, Philemon 1-Hebrews 6:20, Psalms 101:1-105:36, Proverbs 26:20-27:2 Week 45, (11/5-11/11) Ezekiel 12:1-23:49, Hebrews 7:1-10:39, Psalms 105:37-109:31, Proverbs 27:3-13 Week 46, (11/12-11/18) Ezekiel 24:1-38:23, Hebrews 11:1-James 2:17, Psalms 110:1-117:2, Proverbs 27:14-28:1 Week 47, (11/19-11/25) Ezekiel 39:1-Daniel 2:23, James 2:18-I Peter 4:6, Psalms 118:1-119:80, Proverbs 28:2-14 Week 48, (11/26-12/2) Daniel 2:24-11:1, I Peter 4:7-I John 3:6, Psalms 119:81-121:8, Proverbs 28:15-28 Week 49, (12/3-12/9) Daniel 11:2-Joel 3:21, I John 3:7-Revelation 1:20, Psalms 122:1-128:6, Proverbs 29:1-18 Week 50, (12/10-12/16) Amos 1:1-Micah 7:20, Revelation 2:1-7:17, Psalms 129:1-135:21, Proverbs 29:19-30:6 Week 51, (12/17-12/23) Nahum 1:1-Zechariah 5:11, Revelation 8:1-14:20, Psalms 136:1-142:7, Proverbs 30:7-23 Week 52, (12/24-12/31) Zechariah 6:1-Malachi 4:6, Revelation 15:1-22:21, Psalms 143:1-150:6, Proverbs 30:24-31:31 Reprinted from 1984, 2003 R. J. Krejcir Ph.D. Into Thy Word Ministries A BIBLE READING PLAN THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT IN 30 DAYS 1. Matthew John I Corinthians Matthew John Corinthians Matthew John Galatians-Ephesians 4. Matthew Acts Philippians-2Thessalonians 5. Mark Acts I Timothy-Philemon 6. Mark Acts Hebrews 7. Luke Acts James-2 Peter 8. Luke Romans I John-3 John 9. Luke Romans Revelation Luke I Corinthians Revelation 12-22

21 III. HOW TO STUDY GOD'S WORDS "...they accepted the message eagerly and studied the Scriptures everyday..." Acts 17;11 "Be a good workman..know what His Word says and means." 2 Tim. 2;15 The difference between reading and studying the Bible is that you TAKE NOTES when you study. The secret of effective Bible study is knowing how to ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. THREE STEPS TO STUDYING YOUR BIBLE STEP ONE: OBSERVATIONS The first step in personal Bible study is to make several observations about the passage or book you are studying. Like a good detective, we must train our eyes to see the obvious and the not so obvious. We can learn to do this by bombarding the book or passage with questions. Rudyard Kipling once wrote: I have six faithful serving men who taught me all I know, their names are What and Where and When and How and Why and Who. WHO Who is the author of the book? To whom is he writing? Who are the major and minor characters? WHERE Where do the events occur? Are there any references to towns, cities, provinces? If you are reading a letter, where do the recipients live? WHEN Are there any references to the time, day, month or year, or to when events took place in relation to other events? WHAT What actions or events are taking place? What words or ideas are repeated or are central to the passage? What is the mood (joyous, somber)? WHY Does the passage offer any reasons, explanations, statements of purpose? HOW How is the passage written? Is it a letter, speech, poem, parable? Does the author use any figures of speech (similes, metaphors)? How is it organized (around ideas, people, geography)?

22 STEP TWO INTERPRETATION When we interpret we seek to understand those facts discovered through careful observation. Were there any words you didn't understand? Define them. Did the author use figurative language? This needs to be unraveled. Were major ideas presented? Try to grasp their meaning and significance. Did you encounter any difficulties? See to resolve them. Meaning, significance, explanation -- these are the goals of the interpreter. How do you reach these goals? And once you have reached them, how do you know you are not mistaken? How then can we discover the author's meaning? By following five steps: 1. Discover the historical context of the book. 2. Identify the type of literature you are studying. The biblical authors communicated in a variety of ways -- through stories, letters, poems, proverbs, parables and symbols. The way they say things adds richness and beauty to what they say. 3. Get an overview of the book. In Bible study it is helpful to get an overview of the book you are studying. 4. Study the book passage by passage. Once you have an overview of the structure and contents of a book, begin studying it passage by passage, which are usually divided for you. 5. Compare your interpretations with a good commentary. Once you feel you have understood the main subject of the passage and what the author is saying about it, compare your interpretation with that of a good commentary. STEP THREE APPLICATION Rule #1: Whenever our situation corresponds to that faced by the original readers, God's Word to us is exactly the same as it was to them. Rule #2: Whenever our situation does not correspond to that faced by the original readers, we should look for the principle underlying God's Word to them. We can then apply that principle to comparable situations today. (These three steps are adapted from "The NIV Quiet Time Bible" preface written by James F. Nyquist & Jack Intervarsity Christian Fellowship of the USA Downers Grove, FL,)

23 SUGGESTED RESOURCES FOR BIBLE STUDY "Dynamic Bible Study Methods" by Rick Warren (Victor Books) 12 different methods are explained in simple step-by-step instructions. (Tapes are also available) Study Bibles The Best Personal Study Bible: "The Life Application Bible" (Tyndale) The Best Topical Study Bible: "Thompson Chain Reference Bible" - NIV (Kirkbride) The Best Background Study Bible: "The NIV Study Bible" (Zondervan) The Best Doctrine Study Bible: "The Disciples Study Bible" (Holman) Bible Handbooks "Richard's Complete Handbook" (Word) "Halley's Bible Handbook" (Zondervan) "Eerdman's Bible Handbook" (Eerdmans) Other Important Study Tools: As many different translations as you can afford (These can be purchased in parallel editions) A complete concordance to match your translation "The New Bible Dictionary" (Eerdmans) or "The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible" (Baker) "The New Bible Commentary" (Eerdmans) "The New American Commentary" (Broadman & Holman) "The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands" (Moody) Benefits of God's Word for our Life A. It will help me grow SPIRITUALLY. I Peter 2:2 B. It will help me be HONEST with myself. Hebrews 4:12 C. Is equips me for GOOD WORK. II Timothy 3:16-17 D. It renews my MIND. Romans 12:1-2 E. It helps me be SUCCESSFUL in life Joshua 1:8 F. It puts TRUTH at my FINGER TIPS. II Timothy 2:15 G. It protects us from attack. Ephesians 6:17 (Reprinted: Willow Creek Resources; Walking with God; Leader Resource Guide)

24 INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY Passage Date 1. What is the situation? (Context) 2. What are the problems? (Questions you have) 3. What else does the Bible say about it? Verse Reference Idea 4. How would I say it in my own words? (Paraphrase) 5. What do others say about it? (Research) 6. What should I do? (Ps. 119:59-60) (Application) a. What truth did God illumine and apply to me through this passage? b. How does my life measure up to this truth? c. What specific action(s) will I take to bring my life into line with this truth?

25 IV. HOW TO MEMORIZE GOD'S WORD "Guard my words as your most precious possession. Write them down, and also keep them deep within your heart." Pr. 7:2-3 A. BENEFITS OF MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE 1. It helps me resist temptation. "I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Ps. 119:11 2. It helps me make wise decisions. "Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path." Ps. 119: It strengthens me when I'm under stress. "...Your promises to me are my hope. They give me strength in all my troubles; how they refresh and revive me!" Ps. 119: It comforts me when I'm sad. "Your words are what sustain me..they bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me." Jer.15:16 "You will be glad if you remember them and can quote them." Pr. 22:18 5. It helps me witness to unbelievers. "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 3:15 B. WHEN TO MEMORIZE A VERSE During your Quiet Time While exercising While waiting (spare moments) At bedtime (ps. 63:6) C. HOW TO MEMORIZE A VERSE 1. Pick a verse that speaks to you. 2. Say the reference before and after the verse. 3. Read the verse aloud many times. Record it! 4. Break the verse into natural phrases. 5. Emphasize key words when quoting the verse. 6. Write down the verse and erase a word a time. 7. Write out the verse on a flash card. 8. Carry some cards with you at all times for review. 9. Display your verses in prominent places. 10. Always memorize the verse word-perfect. 11. Put the verse to music. Write a song! 12. Get a partner so you can check each other. Suggested beginning rate: 2 new verses a week. THREE KEYS TO MEMORIZING: REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW. We remember what is IMPORTANT TO US. "The law you gave me means more to me than all the money in the world." Ps. 119:72

26 D. SCRIPTURE MEMORY COURSE The following verses suggest a "balance" in Scripture memory. The verses selected are key verses in understanding the foundations of the Christian Life and Christian Growth. Do not feel tieddown to this suggested list. This is only a tool to lead you in an understanding of the importance of memorizing "key" verses. LIVE THE NEW LIFE: Christ the Center II Cor. 5:17;Gal. 2:20 Obedience to Christ Rom. 12:1; John 14:21 The Word II Tim. 3;16; Josh. 1:8 Prayer John 15:7; Phil. 4:6-7 Fellowship Matt. 18:20; Heb. 10:24 Witnessing Matt. 4:19; Rom. 1:16 PROCLAIM CHRIST: All Have Sinned Rom. 3:23; Isa. 53:6 Sin's Penalty Rom. 6:23; Heb. 9:27 Christ Paid the Penalty Rom. 5:8; I Peter 3:18 Salvation Not By Works Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5 Must Receive Christ John 1:12; Rev. 3:20 Assurance of Salvation I John 5:13; John 5:24 RELY ON GOD'S RESOURCES: His Spirit I Cor. 3:16; I Cor. 2:12 His Strength Isa. 41:10; Phil. 4:13 His Faithfulness Lam. 3:22; Num. 23:19 His Peace Isa. 26:3; I Peter 5:7 His Provision Rom. 8:32; Phil. 4:19 His Help in Temptation Heb. 2:18; Ps. 119:9, 11 BE CHRIST'S DISCIPLE: Put Christ First Matt. 6:33; Luke 9:23 Separate from the World I Jn. 2;15-16; Rom. 12:2 Be Steadfast I Cor. 15:58; Heb. 12:3 Serve Others Mark 10L45; II Cor. 4:5 Give Generously Prv. 3:9-10; II Cor. 9:6-7 Develop World Vision Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-20 GROW IN CHRISTLIKENESS: Love John 13:34-35; I Jn. 3:18 Humility Phil. 2;3-4; I Peter 5:5-6 Purity Eph. 5:3; I Peter 2:11 Honest Lev. 19:11; Acts 24:16 Faith Heb. 11:6; Rom. 4:20-21 Good Works Gal. 6:9-10; Matt. 5;16

27 V. HOW TO MEDITATE ON GOD'S WORD "(Those) who are always meditating on His Laws...are like trees along a river bank bearing fruit...they never wither and whatever they do prospers." Ps. 1:2-3 Meditation is FOCUSED THINKING about a Bible verse in order to discover how I can apply its truth to my own life. A. WHY MEDITATE ON SCRIPTURE? 1. It is the key to becoming like Christ. "...Your life is shaped by your thoughts." Pr. 4:23 "...Be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Rom. 12:2 "As we...contemplate the Lord's glory, we are being transformed into His likeness." 1 Cor. 3:18 2. It is the key to answered prayer. "If you live your life in Me, and my words live in your hearts, you can ask for whatever you like, and it will come true for you." Jn. 15:7 3. It is the key to successful living. "...Meditate on (the Word) day and night, so you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Jos.1:8 B. SIX WAYS TO MEDITATE ON A VERSE 1. Picture it! Visualize the scene in your mind. 2. Pronounce it! Say the verse aloud, each time emphasizing a different word. 3. Paraphrase it! Rewrite the verse in your own words. 4. Personalize it! Replace the pronouns or people in the verse with your own name. 5. Pray it! Turn the verse into a prayer and say it back to God. 6. Probe it! Ask the following nine questions: (SPACEPETS) Is there any...

28 S.P.A.C.E. P.E.T.S. QUESTIONS * SIN TO CONFESS * PROMISE TO CLAIM * ATTITUDE TO CHANGE * COMMAND TO OBEY * EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW * PRAYER TO PRAY * ERROR TO AVOID * TRUTH TO BELIEVE * SOMETHING TO THANK GOD FOR C. HOW TO APPLY GOD'S WORD "Do not fool yourselves by just listening to the Word. Instead, put it into practice." James 1;22 "...Whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 5:19

29 1st ask: What did it mean to the original hearers? 2nd ask: What is the underlying timeless principle? 3rd ask: Where or how could I practice that principle? Write out a sentence that describes a project or action you will take to apply the truth. Most applications will focus on one of three RELATIONSHIPS. With God...Within myself...with other people * It's PERSONAL * It's PRACTICAL * It's POSSIBLE * It's PROVABLE 4 MARKS OF A GOOD APPLICATION PROJECT "Now that you know these things - do them! That is the path of blessing." John 13:17

30 MY WEEKLY CHECK UP MY DAILY QUIET TIME Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. HOW I "GRASPED" GOD'S WORD Hearing the Word Reading the Word Studying the Word Memorizing the Word Meditating on the Word Applying the Word (My Project) Answered Prayer My Fellowship with My Group

31 THE DISCIPLINE OF A DAILY TIME WITH GOD The one who looks steadily at God's perfect law...and makes that his practice - not listening and then forgetting, but actively putting it into practice will be happy in all that he does." James 1:25

32 HOW TO HAVE A QUIET TIME DEFINITION: "A Quiet Time is a daily time I set aside to be alone with God to get to know Him through the Bible and prayer." I. THE IMPORTANCE OF A DAILY QUIET TIME Your time alone with God should be the top priority in your schedule for five reasons: A. We were CREATED to have fellowship with God. "So God created man in his own image... Gen. 1:27 "Look! I've been standing at the door and constantly knocking. If anyone opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me." Rev. 3:20 B. Jesus DIED to make a relationship to God possible. "God...has invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Christ our Lord." I Cor. 1:9 C. Personal time alone with God was Jesus' SOURCE OF STRENGTH. Mark 1:35, Luke 22:39, Luke 5:16 "Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." D. Every person who has been effective in SERVICE for God developed this discipline. Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, Paul, etc. E. You cannot be a HEALTHY, GROWING Christian without it! "Man cannot live on bread alone, but on every word that God speaks." "...I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food." "How can a young man cleanse his way? By keeping to your Word." Matt.4:4 Job 23:12 Ps.119:9 II. THE PURPOSE OF A DAILY QUIET TIME A. TO GIVE DEVOTION TO GOD. "Give to the Lord the glory due to his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness." Ps. 29:2 "(Hezekiah) was successful, because everything he did...he did in a spirit of complete devotion to his God." 2 Ch. 31:21 God deserves our devotion! (Rev. 4:11) God desires our devotion! (John 4:23)

33 B. TO GET DIRECTION FROM GOD. "Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me..." Ps. 25:4 2 Things To Do In A Quiet Time Consider your way: "Ponder the path of your feet and let all your ways be established." Pr. 4:26 "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths." Commit your day: "Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you and he will." Ps. 37:5 C. TO GAIN DELIGHT IN GOD. "Delight yourself in the Lord; and he will give you the desires of your heart." Ps. 37:4 "...(God's) presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure." Ps. 16:11 FACT: The better I get to know Christ, the more I LOVE HIM. The objective of your Quiet Time is not to study about Christ, but to actually spend time with him! D. TO GROW DAILY LIKE GOD. "For as you know him better and better, God will give you, through his great power, everything you need for living a truly good life...he has promised to save us...and to give us his own character!" 2 Peter 1:3-4 II Corinthians 3:18 "When the council saw the boldness of Peter and John...they were amazed and realized what being with Jesus had done for them!" Acts 4:13 1. SELECT A SPECIFIC TIME HOW TO BEGIN A DAILY QUIET TIME The best time to have a quiet time is when I am AT MY BEST. Reasons for considering an early morning quiet time: The example of Bible characters. (Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Hannah, Job, Hezekiah, David, Daniel, Jesus, etc.) It seems logical to begin the day with it. ("The best time to tune your instruments is before you play the concert, not after!")

34 It demonstrates that meeting with God is your first priority. You give Him the first part of your day. You are likely to be more rested, your mind is less cluttered, and it's often the quietest time! Whatever time you set, BE CONSISTENT. HOW LONG SHOULD A QUIET TIME BE? 3 Guidelines Start with 15 minutes and let it grow. Don't watch the clock! Emphasize quality, not quantity! 2. CHOOSE A SPECIAL PLACE "Jesus left the city and went, as he usually did, to the Mount of Olives...to pray." Luke 22:39 The Important Factor: "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a solitary place, where he prayed." Mark 1:35 3. GATHER THE RESOURCES YOU'LL NEED A. A Bible with readable print B. A Notebook - to write down what the Lord speaks to you about, and to keep your prayer list. C. A Songbook - if you want to sing! 4. BEGINNING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDES REVERENCE "Be still and know that I am God." Ps. 46:10 EXPECTANCY "Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word." Ps. 119:19 OBEDIENCE The thing you should want most is God s kingdom and doing what God wants Matt. 6:33 5. FOLLOW A SIMPLE PLAN

35 "FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH GOD" (A Plan to Get Your Started) a. RELAX. (1 minute) Be still and be quiet! Slow down! Prepare your heart. Take a few deep breaths and wait on God. b. READ. (4 minutes) See the section on "How To Read God's Word" (p. ) Begin reading where you left off the day before. Read until you feel God has told you something. Then stop and think about it. c. REFLECT. (4 minutes) See section on "How To Meditate on God's Word" (p. ) You may use the S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S or any of the 6 methods of meditation. Think about what the passage means to your life. Write down your thoughts. Part of reflecting is memorizing verses that speak to you in a special way. See section on "How To Memorize God's Word" (p. ) d. RECORD. (2 minutes) See the section on "How To Apply God's Word" (p. ) Write out a personal application statement that is practical, possible and measurable. "Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and the fingertips." e. REQUEST. (4 minutes) See section on "Prayer" (p. ) Conclude your Quiet Time by talking to God about what He has shown you and making your requests from your prayer list.

36 II. HOW TO OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR QUIET TIME A. THE PROBLEM OF DISCIPLINE Your first problem in establishing a quiet time will face you the moment you wake up each morning: Am I going to get out of bed? ("The Battle of the Blanket") Suggestions 1. Go to bed ON TIME. 2. Get up IMMEDIATELY. 3. Be aware of quiet time ROBBERS. 4. Fall asleep thinking SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS. B. THE PROBLEM OF DISTRACTIONS Satan will try to use anything to get your mind to wander during a quiet time. Get out of BED Get thoroughly AWAKE Read and pray ALOUD WALK during your prayer time. Keep a NOTEPAD NEARBY. C. THE PROBLEM OF DRYNESS Suggestions Sometimes you will feel like you're not getting anything out of your quiet time. ("The Battle of the Blahs") Never judge your quiet time by your FEELINGS. Possible Causes of Spiritual Dryness 1. Your physical condition 2. Disobedience to God 3. Rushing your quiet time 4. Getting in a rut 5. Not sharing insights with others D. THE PROBLEM OF DILIGENCE Your greatest problem will be your struggle to stay consistent. I find Satan fights nothing harder than my quiet time.

37 Suggestions 1. Make a covenant or vow to God. 2. Schedule it on your daily calendar. 3. Be prepared for Satan's excuses. 4. Leave your Bible open at night to the passage for the next day! What if I miss a day? Don't GET ON A GUILT TRIP Don't GET LEGALISTIC Don't GIVE UP It takes 3 weeks for you to become familiar with a new task. Then it takes another 3 weeks before it becomes a comfortable discipline. "Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up." Gal. 6:9 A PRAYER COMMITMENT Father, I realize that I was created to have fellowship with you. Thank you for making this privilege possible through Jesus's death. I know that daily fellowship with You is to be the most important thing in my life. I now want to commit myself to spending at least some time every day with you in a quiet time of Bible reading and prayer. I'm trusting in your strength to help me be consistent. In Jesus's name, Amen."

38 MY TIME WITH GOD MONDAY Relax! Read: Reflect: What God Said to me: Record: What I'm going to do about it: TUESDAY Relax! Read: Reflect: What God Said to me: Record: What I'm going to do about it: WEDNESDAY Relax! Read: Reflect: What God said to me: Record: What I'm going to do about it:

39 THURSDAY Relax! Read: Reflect What God said to me: Record: What I'm going to do about it: FRIDAY Relax! Read: Reflect: What God said to me: Record: What I'm going to do about it: SATURDAY Relax! Read: Reflect: What God said to me: Record: What I'm going to do about it: SUNDAY Relax! Read Reflect: What God said to me: Record: What I'm going to do about it:

40 THE DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER TALKING WITH GOD "Base your happiness on your hope in Christ. When trials come, endure them patiently; steadfastly maintain THE HABIT OF PRAYER." Romans 12:12

41 HOW TO REVITALIZE YOUR PRAYER LIFE I. APPROACH PRAYER WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE (Matthew 6:5-8) BE REAL "When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men." (vs.5) BE RELAXED - Don't try to IMPRESS GOD - Don't try to IMPRESS PEOPLE "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (vs.6) BE REVEALING "Don't recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need before you ask Him! (vs. 7-8) II. USE THE MODEL JESUS GAVE US Matt. 6:9-15 "This, then, is HOW you should pray..." THE SIX PARTS OF PRAYER A. PRAISE: I BEGIN BY EXPRESSING MY LOVE TO GOD. "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name..." TWO KINDS OF PRAISE "ADORATION" - Praising God for who he is. "THANKSGIVING" - Praising God for what he has done "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful unto him, and bless his name." Ps. 100:4

42 HOW TO PRAISE GOD 1st: As you read your Bible, make a list of God's character qualities that you discover and then review them when you pray. Examples God is patient Num. 14:18 God is merciful Num. 14:18 God is forgiving Num. 14:18 God knows everything 1 Sam. 2:2 God is loving 1 John 4:8 KEY: GOD'S CHARACTER is the basis for our boldness in making requests in prayer. God answers prayers that acknowledge who he is! 2nd: Remind yourself and affirm the promises God has made that are contained in the meaning of his names. (See Prayer Guide 2) 3rd: Make a list of all that you are thankful for and review them when you pray. (See Prayer Guide 3) B. PURPOSE: I COMMIT MYSELF T0 GOD'S PURPOSE & WILL FOR MY LIFE "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.." Pray for God's will to be done...in my family...my church...my ministry...my job...my future...my city...the nation...the world. "Offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer." Rom. 12:2 C. PROVISION: I ASK GOD TO PROVIDE FOR MY NEEDS "Give us today our daily bread..." What needs can I pray about? EVERY ONE OF THEM "God will supply all your needs from his riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done for us." Phil 4:19 "Since God did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us, won't he also surely give us everything else?" Rom. 8:32 "You do not have...because you don't ask God!" James 4:2 KEY: BE SPECIFIC Write down your requests, with a promise you are claiming from the Bible, and expect an answer! (See Prayer Guide 4) "Don't worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Phil 4:6

43 D. PARDON: I ASK GOD TO FORGIVE MY SINS "Forgive us our debts..." 4 Steps to Forgiveness 1. Ask the Holy Spirit to REVEAL every sin. "Examine me, O God, and know my mind; test me, and discover my thoughts. Find out if there is any evil in me..." Ps. 139: Confess each sin SPECIFICALLY. "You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you." Prov. 28:13 3. Make RESTITUTION to others when necessary. "When you remember your brother has something against you...go at once to make peace with him, then come back and offer your gift to God." Matt. 5: By faith, ACCEPT God's forgiveness. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 E. PEOPLE: I PRAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE "...as we also have forgiven our debtors." "Pray much for others; plead for God's mercy upon them; give thanks for all he is going to do for them." 1 Tim. 2:1 If you want to know how to pray for others...look AT THE PRAYERS OF PAUL. Eph. 1:15-19, Col. 1:3-12, I Th. 1:2-3, 2 Th. 1:11-12 Make a prayer list of people you want to pray for. You might pray for different people on different days of the week. (See Prayer Guide #5) F. PROTECTION: I ASK GOD FOR SPIRITUAL PROTECTION "And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one." (vs. 13) Believers face a spiritual battle everyday. Satan wants to defeat you through temptation and fear. By praying for protection, you will have the confidence to face every situation during the day. "The Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit who is in those who belong to the world." 1 John 4:4

44 PRAYER GUIDE 1 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH BROUSSARD 7 X 7 PRAYER MINISTRY I. SUPPLICATION Pray daily. It is imperative that everything we do in our church be bathed in prayed. We need to go humbly and earnestly to God in prayer. We want you to pray daily for yourself, your family, and your church claiming God's promises. (Philippians 4:6,7) II. SUBMISSION Pray for submissive hearts in our church body. Submission to the Lordship of Christ and to other believers is essential for church unity. (Ephesians 5:21) III. SERVANTHOOD Pray for every believer to discover their spiritual gift(s) and implement their gift(s) for the edification of the body. (1 Cor. 12:7) IV. STEWARDSHIP Pray that each member of the body will faithfully manage their time, talents, testimony for the glory of God. (1 Cor. 16:2) and tithe V. SEEKERS Pray that our church will reach seekers who need a relationship with the Lord. (Acts 1:8) VI. STAFF Pray for the leadership of our church that they will continue to follow God's direction. (2 Thessalonians 3:1) VII. SPIRITUAL WARFARE Pray for our shield of faith to quench the barrage of fiery darts that Satan is attempting to dismay and discourage us with. (Eph. 6:12)

45 PRAYER GUIDE 2 THE ARMOR OF MasterLife. By Permission

46 PRAYER GUIDE 2 - THE NAMES OF GOD Did you know that God has several names? They are all in the Bible and each name describes a facet of his character. You can take each of these 8 names and focus individually on what God is really like! Pray the names of God as affirmations of praise! 8 HEBREW NAMES OF GOD - DECLARE WHO GOD IS {There are several ways the name of God is written. The original name is YHWH (called the Divine Tetragram). Hebrew is written without vowels, and tradition is that Jewish people were afraid to try and pronounce this Name of God in fear they would mis-pronounce it and thus profane God s Name and break one of the Ten Commandments( Do not take the Lord s Name in vain). Through the years many different usages have been tried Jehovah, Yahweh, Adonai, LORD, Ha Shem ( the Name) etc. Jewish people have used either Adonai or HaShem. I will use the Tetragram for this guide. YHWH-Shammah - "God is Present with me." (Ezekiel 48:35) You are here! I am never alone! YHWH-Rohi - "God is my Shepherd" (Ps. 23:1) You lead me and feed me and protect me! YHWH-Jireh - "God is my Provider" (Gen. 22:14) You see what I need before I even ask! YHWH-Rophe - "God is my Healer" (Exodus 15:26) You can heal my body, emotions and relationships! YHWH-Tsidkenu - "God is my Righteousness" (Jer. 23:6) You accept me and forgive me because of Jesus! YHWH-M'Kaddish - "God is my Sanctification" (Lev. 20:8) You make me holy and like Jesus! YHWH-Shalom - "God is my Peace" (Judges 6:24) You give me peace in spite of circumstances! YHWH-Nissi - "God is my Banner" (Ex. 17:15) You are my victory in conflict and confrontation! Think on the implications of these names and you'll have plenty to praise God for! Names of Jesus Bread of Life Light of the World Door of the Sheep Good Shepherd Resurrection and the Life Way Truth Life Rabbi Judge High Priest King of kings Lord of lords Friend Brother True BSSB. PrayerLife. By Permission

47 PRAYER GUIDE 3 MY THANKSGIVING LIST

48 PRAYER GUIDE 4 MY PERSONAL REQUESTS DATE REQUEST PROMISE DATE ANSWERED

49 PRAYER GUIDE 5 PEOPLE I'M PRAYING FOR Family Christians Friends Friends I'd like to see become Christians Spiritual Leaders Government Leaders Others \

50 THE DISCIPLINE OF STEWARDSHIP Honoring God With My Giving (Time, Talents, Tithe) "On the first day of every week, set aside some of what you have earned and give it as an offering. The amounts depends on how much the Lord has helped you to earn." 1 Cor. 16:2 "Just as you excel in everything else...in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness...see that you also excel in the grace of giving." 2 Cor. 8:7

51 Key Bible Words Believe: Pray: Love: Give: I. WHY GOD WANTS ME TO GIVE - 7 Benefits to My Life A. GIVING MAKES ME MORE LIKE GOD "God so loved the world that He gave his only Son." Jn 3:16 B. GIVING DRAWS ME CLOSER TO GOD. "Where your treasure is, there your heart is also." Matt. 6:21 C. GIVING IS THE ANTIDOTE TO MATERIALISM "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to be generous and willing to share. In this way...they may take hold of the life that is truly Life!" I Tim. 6:17-19 D. GIVING STRENGTHENS MY FAITH "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of your income, and he will fill your barns to overflowing." Prov. 3:5 & 9 "Give and it will be given to you...for with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." Luke 6:38 E. GIVING IS AN INVESTMENT FOR ETERNITY "...Give happily to those in need, and always be ready to share whatever God has given you. By doing this, you will be storing up real treasure for yourselves in heaven-it is the only safe investment for eternity." I Tim. 6:18-19 F. GIVING BLESSES ME IN RETURN "A generous man himself will be blessed." Prov. 22:9 "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Pro. 11:25 "Goodwill will come to him who is generous." Ps. 112:5 G. GIVING MAKES ME HAPPY (Jesus) "There is more happiness in giving than in receiving." Acts 20:35 "The people rejoiced...for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord." Prov. 11:25

52 II. WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT TITHING A. WHAT IS TITHING? "Tithe" means "a TENTH part" B. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A "TITHE" AND AN "OFFERING" A "tithe" is giving 10% of my income An "offering" is anything I give IN ADDITION to my tithe C. WHY SHOULD I TITHE? - 8 REASONS FROM GOD'S WORD 1. Because God COMMANDS IT. "A tenth of all you produce is the Lord's, and it is holy. Lev. 27:10 2. Because Jesus COMMENDED IT."Yes, you should tithe, and you shouldn't leave the more important things undone either" Matt. 23:23 3. Tithing demonstrates that God has 1ST PLACE. "The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your life." Deut. 14:23 4. Tithing reminds me that EVERYTHING was given to me by God! Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the ability to produce wealth" Deut. 8:18 5. Tithing expresses my GRATITUDE TO GOD. "How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?" Ps. 116:12 "Each of you should bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you." Deut. 16:17 6. God says that refusing to tithe is STEALING from Him! "God says 'Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me!' But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' God says 'In tithes and offerings...bring your whole tithe to My house.'" Mal. 3: Tithing gives God a chance to prove HE EXISTS and wants to bless you! "Bring your whole tithe to My storehouse. Test me in this" says the Lord, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you won't have room enough for it! I will prevent pests from devouring your crops and the vines in your fields will be protected from plagues." Mal. 3:10 8. Tithing proves that I LOVE & RESPECT GOD. "(Jesus) If you really love me, do what I command." John 14:15 "...I want you to be leaders also in the spirit of cheerful giving...this is one way to prove that your love is real, that it goes beyond mere words." 2 Cor. 8:7b-8

53 D. WHAT SHOULD I TITHE? The 1ST part of what I earn, not the LEFT OVER. "Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income..." Prov. 3:9-10 E. WHERE SHOULD I GIVE MY TITHE? WHERE I WORSHIP "Bring your whole tithe to My Storehouse (Temple)..." Mal. 3:10 "Brought the money from the sales and put it at the Apostles "feet"... (the church) Acts 4:35 F. WHEN SHOULD I TITHE? SUNDAY, 1ST DAY OF THE WEEK "On the first day of every week, set aside some of what you have earned and give it as an offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn." 1 Cor. 16:2 HOW TO REMEMBER Keep a Ledger Book - Acct. #1: My Tithe Use weekly envelopes Teach your children to tithe G. GIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDES GIVE WILLINGLY "For if the willingness is there, your gift is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don't have." 2 Cor. 9:12 "Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under pressure..." I Cor. 9:7a GIVE JOYFULLY "...for God loves a cheerful giver! 2 Cor. 9:7 GIVE GENEROUSLY "They gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service..." 2 Cor. 8:3-4 GIVE EXPECTANTLY "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; and whoever sows generously will reap generously." 2 Cor. 9:6 H. THE KEY TO GIVING "...THEY FIRST GAVE THEMSELVES TO THE LORD..." 2 Cor. 8:5 A COMMITMENT PRAYER > "Father, I know you love me and want what's best for me. I recognize that all I have, or will ever have, comes from you. I am more interested in pleasing you than in having more possessions. I want you to have first place in my life and I am willing to begin tithing as you have commanded. Out of gratitude for all you've done for me, and in expectation that you will continue to provide for me, I commit myself to returning at least the first 10% of all I earn back to you. I want to begin investing for eternity. Help me to remain faithful to this commitment. In Jesus' name, Amen." (We have envelopes available for you to give your offerings & to keep a record of your gifts for tax purposes.)

54 THE DISCIPLINE OF FELLOWSHIP Participating in God's Family "Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead let us encourage one another..." Heb. 10:25

55 I. WHY IS FELLOWSHIP SO IMPORTANT? A. I BELONG IN GOD'S FAMILY WITH OTHER BELIEVERS. "Let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Gal. 6:10 "You are a member of God's very own family...and you belong in God's household with every other Christian." Eph. 2:19 "So in Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others!" Rom. 12:5 "The Christian who is not committed to a group of other believers for praying, sharing, and serving, so that he is known, as he knows others, is not an obedient Christian. He is not in the will of God. However vocal he may be in his theology, he is not obeying the Lord." - Dr. Ray Ortland B. I NEED ENCOURAGEMENT TO GROW SPIRITUALLY. "Let us think of one another and how we can encourage each other to love and do good deeds." Heb. 10:24 "Two are better off than one...if one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it's just too bad, because there is no one to help him...two men can resist an attack that would defeat one man alone. A rope made of three cords is hard to break." Eccl. 4:9-10, 12 C. I NEED ACCOUNTABILITY TO GROW SPIRITUALLY. "People learn from one another just as iron sharpens iron." Pr. 27:17 "Brothers, if someone is trapped in some sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently...carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Gal. 6:1-2 D. CHRIST IS PRESENT WHEN WE FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER. "For wherever two or three people have come together in my name, I am there, right among them!" Matt. 18:20 E. THERE IS GREAT POWER WHEN PEOPLE PRAY TOGETHER. "Whenever two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. Matt. 18:19 F. FELLOWSHIP IS A WITNESS TO THE WORLD "(Jesus) My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind...so the world will believe you sent me." John 17:21 "Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples."

56 G. I AM OBLIGATED TO EVERY OTHER CHRISTIAN! "God has given you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other..." I Peter 4:10 "There are different kinds of service to God...together you form the body of Christ and each one of your is a necessary gift of it." I Cor. 12:5,27 Serve one another - Gal. 5:13 Accept one another - Rom. 15:7 Forgive one another - Col. 3:13 Greet one another - Rom. 16:16 Bear one another's burdens Gal. - 6:2 Be devoted to one another Rom. 12:10 Honor one another Rom. 12:10 Teach one another Rom. 15:14 Submit to one another Eph. 5:21 Encourage one another 1 Thess 5:11 The "One Anothers" of Fellowship (partial list) II. HOW CAN A LARGE CHURCH MAINTAIN CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS? A. EVERY MEMBER NEEDS TO BE A PART OF A SMALL GROUP. (They met) day after day, in the Temple courts and from house to house." Acts 5:42 2 Types of Church Meetings Large groups: Small groups: "Greet the church that meets in their home." Rom. 16:5 Also Acts 2:26, 8:3, 16:40, 20:20, 1 Cor. 16:19, Col. 4:15 At First Baptist, Broussard, we believe our church must... Grow LARGER and SMALLER at the same time.

57 B. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR SMALL GROUPS? Acts 2: BIBLE STUDY "They DEVOTED THEMSELVES to the apostle's teaching..." 2. FELLOWSHIP "...and to the fellowship..." 3. COMMUNION/WORSHIP "...and to the breaking of bread..." 4. PRAYER "...and to prayer..." "OUR Father..give US...OUR daily bread...forgive US...OUR debts...as WE have forgiven OUR debtors...lead US not into temptation...deliver US..." Matt. 6: SUPPORT "...they gave to anyone as he had a need..." "...you shared with me the fellowship of giving and receiving" Phil 4:15 6. SOCIAL "...they ate together with glad and sincere hearts..." "Get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night." Rom. 12:13 7. SINGING/PRAISING "praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people..." 8. EVANGELISM/SALVATION (OUTREACH) "And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

58 THE DISCIPLINE OF WITNESSING Sharing the Good News of Christ "...You will be my witness... to the ends of the earth." Acts l:8

59 "F.R.A.N.gelism" F. FRIENDS R. RELATIVES A. ASSOCIATES N. NEIGHBORS FRANgelism - our church's term for evangelism lovingly concentrated on Friends, Relatives, Associates and Neighbors. At our church we use the word "FRAN" as the code word for the people we want to reach out to. (This word was coined by Rev. Wayne Patton) There are many factors that need to be considered as we attempt to reach our F.R.A.N.S. 1. We must have an unconditional love and concern for that individual even if they do not respond to the Gospel immediately. 2. We must strengthen our relationships with them by spending time with them and helping them any way we can. 3. We need to involve other people in our Sunday School to help in ministering to them so they will see other concerned Christians. 4. We must find that person's need and meet them at that point with Christ's love. 5. We must be attentive listeners and really hear what they are saying. 6. We need to identify receptive periods in that person's life. 7. We must communicate the Gospel message in understandable language. 8. We must pray regularly and specifically for each "F.R.A.N." member. (Note: These 8 factors & FRAN acrostic were reprinted from "A Frantastic Year in Sunday Bryan 1985 ADAI. Oklahoma City, OK. (20)

60 "FRANgelism" 12 Keys to Reaching Your FRANS... Friends, Relatives, Associates, Neighbors (Adapted from "Lifestyle Evangelism" Robert Aldrich, Multomah Press) Key 1 Visualize the Spirit of God hovering over your FRANS Key 2 Make an initial Acquaintance in a non-pressure friendly manner Key 3 Establish a Growing Relationship Ask God to give you help in knowing your neighbors Smile! Be friendly and helpful Be a good listener. Discover and discuss their interests Take the initiative to be helpful (mow grass, house watch, do painting, etc.) Key 4 Extend an Invitation to Your Home (mealtime, picnic, ballgame) Have a planned evening but be spontaneous Don't feel obligated to be overly spiritual at this point. A prayer of thanks at the meal would be appropriate. If the church has a special event coming up you may want to invite them. Key 5 Cultivate Common Interest Goal - build a pool of common, shared experiences Start and use a FRAN personal profile Use the following activities as a guide: Tennis Golf Fishing Sewing Boating P.T.A. Movies Concerts Rafting Investments Eating Hiking Hunting Cycling Sports events Scouting Rodeos Guns Stitchery Models (trains, etc) Raquet Ball Cooking Quilting Lunch Service Clubs Garden Club Coffee Flying Gardening Gourmet Clubs Skiing Jogging Bowling Investments Volunteer Activities Knitting Indian guides Bridge Woodworking Certainly there are items in this list which both you and your neighbor enjoy in common. It is important to discover these contact points and use them as relational building blocks. You probably have a number of common interests. When you are in your neighbor's home, look for clues to his/her interests. A shop full of woodworking tools, a well-stocked sewing room, or shelves full of home canned fruits can be excellent conversation starters/contact points. Seasonal events such as fairs, rodeos, festivals, cookoffs and ballgames have built-in opportunities for friendship cultivation.

61 Key 6 Capitalize on the Holiday Season Christmas, New Years, Labor Day and Thanksgiving provide great opportunities for extending and enriching relationships within your "family farm." Why not plan the greatest Christmas Open House on your block! Pack them in, serve some super refreshments, sing carols together, and then let different neighbors share the most memorable events of past Christmases." Be sensitive to widows, widowers, single parents, as well as others who may be alone during the holidays. Hearts are more receptive during those seasonal times. Key 7 Be Available for Those Who Are Hurting Remember, people don't care how much (or what) you know until they know how much you care! the hurts of others are your opportunities to become good news to them. I believe those opportunities are often arranged by God Himself. A helping hand and a sympathetic, listening spirit give your beliefs validity and impact. Mowing lawns, taking over meals, babysitting, shopping, and driving are some ways to help people in need. In relational evangelism, availability is often the greatest ability. Be a listening, sensitive giving, caring Christian friend and look out...it's contagious." Key 8 Become a Giver of Books, Tapes and Videos Be creative in your use of Christian resources. Purchase a supply of quality items and keep them readily available. Consider such expenditures part of your tithe (even if you don't get a tax receipt). Remember, it was God who said that "he that winneth souls is wise." In all of these activities, your goal is to become a servant to your neighbor. Key 9 Find An Appropriate Harvest/Discovery Event Home Bible Study Discipleship Groups Christian Movies Seminars Fishing/Hunting Evangelistic Dinners Special Concerts Conferences Retreats Special Breakfasts: Business, Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, etc. Church sponsored craft classes, neighborhood teas, etc. Key 10 Plant Seeds for Salvation Discuss their religious background Clarify what the Bible says about salvation and help eliminate false pictures of salvation (keeping the Golden Rule, church attendance, etc.) Highlight the positive aspects of the gospel

62 Key 11 Share Your Faith and Invite Them to Accept Christ F.I.R.E.Acrostic (Family, Interests, Religious background, Exploratory Question) Share your testimony Biblical Illustration/Plan of Salvation - Gospel in Hand - Good News - Roman Road - The Bridges Key 12 Follow-through and Continue Relationship 1. What to do if they say "no" to God's invitation. (a) Accept their decision not to "accept" at this time. (b) Ask if there are other questions you may answer. (c) Make plans to continue the relationship. (d) Provide ongoing opportunities for open & honest discussion. (e) Continue to give opportunities to accept Christ. (f) Pray for them daily. (g) Continue to build your own "relationship of integrity" (Adapted from "The Dynamics of Discipleship", Gary Kuhne, Zondervan Press. Grand Rapids, 2. What to do when they say "Yes." (a) Deal with assurance of salvation - I John 5:10-13 (b) Share the essentials of growth - 2 Peter 3:18 1. Quiet Time 2. Church Involvement 3. Prayer 4. Bible Study 5. Ministry of the Holy Spirit 6. Dealing with temptations 7. Developing a testimony 8. Being a witness (c) Make a weekly appointment for follow-up sessions (d) Deal with their special needs and concerns (e) Pray together (f) Be a consistent example (g) Get them involved in a Sunday School class, and a Discipleship Group (h) Make sure they are aware that the Weekend Services and the Wednesday Prayer Meetings are vital for their spiritual growth. (i) Inform them about the Six CLASS Seminars and their importance for maturity in Christ. (Note: Steps A-F from "Survival Kit for New Christians. Neighbour. Convention Press) Note: Because of the importance of witnessing in the life of a believer we have dedicated 2 other C.L.A.S.S courses to this subject. Evangelism 101 & Missions 101

63 HOW TO START AND MAINTAIN A DISCIPLINED LIFE

64 I. HOW TO START AND MAINTAIN A DISCIPLINED LIFE A. STEP ONE: DESIRE You must start with a strong desire. You must be internally motivated. External motivations don't last. A half-hearted start will never make it to the success point. B. STEP TWO: DECISION Begin right now! Don't wait. Don't procrastinate. You don't slide into a new discipline. "One of these days" never arrives. You must have a starting point. It's easier to break a bad habit today than it will be tomorrow! "If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done." Eccl. 11:4 C. STEP THREE: DECLARATION Announce your intentions publicly. Make a covenant or resolution. The power of a vow is awesome. It is particularly powerful if you put your commitment in writing. "Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them" Ps. 76:11 D. STEP FOUR: DETERMINATION Never allow an exception until the new discipline is rooted in your life. Each lapse will be fatal. A single slip unwinds many turns at first. Continuity and success at the start is essential. Never be swayed by "just this once." The act of yielding weakens the will and reinforces your lack of self control. It takes 3 weeks to become comfortable with a new discipline and it takes another 3 to 4 weeks (doing it daily) for it to become a part of your life. IT TAKES 7 TO 21 REPETITIONS TO LEARN SOMETHING! E. STEP FIVE: DO IT Whenever you feel the slightest urge or prompting to practice these new discipline - DO IT THEN! Don't wait. Seize every opportunity to reinforce your discipline. Those feelings will not last, so whenever you feel inclined to perform your habit, do so! F. STEP SIX: DOUBLE UP Get a partner who will support you and encourage you. Find someone who is wiling to hold you accountable and check up on you especially in the early days before the discipline is firmly rooted in your life. "Let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over each other, studying how we may stir up and stimulate each other to...helpful deeds and noble activities." Heb. 10:25 "Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up." Eccl. 4:9-10 G. STEP SEVEN: DEPEND ON GOD Rely on God's power to help you establish the discipline. Remember, Satan does not want you to develop disciplines that help you grow spiritually and make you like Christ so he will do all he can to tempt you, cause you to slip, or discourage you. Pray! "For the Spirit God has given us...fills us with power, love and self-control." 2 Tim. 1:7 "For it is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to achieve his purpose." Phil. 2:13

65 APPENDIX I DISCIPLINES OF A S-E-R-V-A-N-T S TRENGTHEN The love and harmony of our church. E MBRACE A commitment to intercessory prayer. R EACH To diverse cultures with the Gospel. V ALUE Christ's servant pattern and seek to emulate Him. A TTEND To people in need - the alienated, homeless, hungry. N URTURE Families T ELL Lost people the good news of Christ

66 APPENDIX II DETERMINING LIFE GOALS

67 APPENDIX III 5 CIRCLES OF COMMITMENT The CORE THE COMMITTED THE CONGREGATION THE CROWD THE COMMUNITY Committed to Ministry and Missions Committed to Maturity Committed to Membership Committed to Attendance Uncommitted Our goal is to help you turn an audience into an army!!

68 APPENDIX IV GROWING DEEPER IN DISCIPLESHIP Reprinted from MasterBuilder. LifeWay Press.

69 APPENDIX V Eight Reasons Why You Should Consider SMALL GROUPS at First Baptist Church 1. You will understand the Bible better in a small group. If you've ever listened to a Bible teacher or preacher and wanted to stop that person and say, "But what about...? or I don't understand!" then a small group is for you! Preaching and teaching is one-way communication - you listen while the speaker speaks. It's fine for imparting knowledge but not as effective for personal application as a small group. In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations and that happens best in small groups. 2. You will begin to really feel like part of God's family. Most people who have been a part of a group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently telephone each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answer. You'll discover that your need and problems are not unique-we're all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are facing the same difficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process. Over fifty times in the New Testament the phrase "one another" is used to describe our relationship to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another's burdens, and build-up one another. The only way you can obey these commands is in a small group! We really do need each other and God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life. The answer to your problem is to join in a group. 3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you. Many people are hesitant to pray in front of others, especially in a large church. In a small group of 6 to 12, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you'll be able to pray sentence prayers and join in. There are many promises in the Bible related to group prayer. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together and we find answers to the needs in our lives. 4. You will be able to handle stress and pressure better. Small groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You'll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you. When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness or a mother needs a baby-sitter -- these are practical needs that will be naturally taken care of through your small group. Your group will coordinate the sharing of hot meals to be brought in when your family is in need. Many people in group our could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn't been for the support of their group. We are currently establishing a number of special support groups that deal with problems like alcoholism, financial difficulty, abuse, and other needs. 5. You will have a natural way to share Christ with unbelieving friends, relatives, and work associates. It may be that some of your friends who don't know the Lord wouldn't be caught dead in a church. They have a preconceived idea and just the thought makes them defensive. But those same people may be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home or office setting. In a small group, your unbelieving friend can ask questions and express honest doubts without feeling "put on the spot." When your friend sees the love and warmth and honesty of your group, it will make him more receptive to the Good News. 6. You will develop leadership skills you never knew you had!. The Bible teaches that every believer is given certain talents or "gifts" to benefit others in the family of God. Unfortunately most Christians remain as Sunday morning spectators all their lives because large group meetings are primarily "sit and listen" situations. As you share and participate in a relaxed small group setting, you'll discover your confidence and self-esteem rising. This will help you at work, at church, and in every other relationship. 7. You will deepen your understanding of worship. Many believers mistakenly believe that worship can only happen on Sunday morning in a large group with a sermon, a choir, and an offering plate! Worship happens anytime we focus on God. Sometimes that happens best in a small group in praying or singing together. 8. You will be a New Testament Christian! The book of Acts is very clear about how God intends for his people to grow and have their needs met in the church. We will never be able to hire enough professional pastors to meet all the individual needs in our family. God never intended for it to be that way! Consider these verses: "They devoted themselves to the apostle's teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Everyday they continued to meet together...they broke bread in their homes and ate together...and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:42,44, "Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jesus is the Christ."Act. 5:42 "Greet also the church that meets at their house." Romans 16:5 "Aquilla & Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house." 1Cor.16:19 Two Types of Small Groups at FBC Sunday School Discipleship Training Home Groups Prayer Groups (Adapted from Saddleback Community Church)

70 APPENDIX VI STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

71 APPENDIX VII SEVEN REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING GOD 1. God is always at work around you. 2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal. 3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work. 4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes and His ways. 5. God s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action. 6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing. 7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you. Reprinted from Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. LifeWay Press

72 Appendix VIII Seven Phases of God s Pattern for Revival II Chronicles 7:14, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. God is on mission to redeem a lost world. He calls a people into a relationship with Himself, and He accomplishes His work through them. 1. God s people tend to depart from Him turning to substitutes for His presence, His purposes, and His ways. 2. God disciplines His people because of His love. 3. God s people cry out to Him for help. 4. God calls His people to repent and return to Him or perish. 5. God revives His repentant people by restoring them to a right love relationship with Himself. 6. God exalts His Son Jesus in His people and draws the lost to saving faith in Him.

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