Yesterday morning, 10 delightful college girls gathered in my home for breakfast. Several had simply received a text message sometime around midnight the night before, from a girl they’d never met, inviting them to come learn more about following Jesus…and they showed up! At my house. At 8 in the morning!?! This kind of every day miracle nourishes my soul.
We sat crisscrossed all over the living room, warmed by the sunlight and our chicken mini’s. We talked about God’s movement in our hearts during the week, specifically through the Girls’ Night Out with Marian Jordan event the night before.
We talked about salvation. We talked about how to study the Bible and how to pray. It was so sweet and so simple. It was real and it was a beautiful. It was definitely the highlight of my week.
Maybe you can grab a chicken mini tray and invite some new friends over as well.
When you want to know how to grow in your relationship with Christ, it’s helpful to remember that HE is in charge of our growth and there are some amazing resources He’s given us. When it comes down to it, the same thing God used to save us is what grows us…repentance and faith…Daily acknowledging I am more broken, damned and depraved than I could ever imagine, but more forgiven, healed and righteous than I ever dared to imagine. What do I need to turn from? What promises of God must I choose to believe and what parts of His character must I cling to?
The Holy Spirit is the fullness of God dwelling in the believer to enable them to grow. The Bible is how God talks to us, prayer is how we talk to Him, Christian community is needed to grow into healthy members of the family of faith and without sharing our faith we merely grow ingrown.
Sometimes it is difficult to know how to approach God’s Word. For some people it is an overwhelming wealth of information. For some it’s a Golden Corral approach of take what you want and leave the rest. I wanted to share with you a great way to approach your study of Scripture so as to REAP the most benefit and walk away forever changed. (This is a compilation of several organization’s resources.)
The more we spend time with God, the more we see His deep unending love for us.
The more we spend time with God, the more we see our deep unending need for Him.
Psalm 1:1-3-delighting in the Lord and His Word
John 1:14-the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
What do we do in this “time with God?”
What do you do when you spend time with people here on earth with whom you have an intimate relationship?
- Share joy
- Share sorrow
Sacred version of this=
Talking to God-CATS (Confession, Adoration, Thanksgiving, Supplication)
Listening to God-REAP (Read, Examine, Apply, Pray)
Learning of God-reading, sermons,
Laughing, Sharing Joy, Sharing Sorrow-praise, worship, journaling, running, painting
Inductive Bible Study Method & Prayer-
R- Read the book. Read up on the history of the book. Read up on the context within redemptive history.
E- Examine the section.
What does it say?
What does it mean?
What does it matter?
A- Apply it to humanity.
What does this passage teach me about the greatness of God?(What does it teach me about the sinfulness of humanity?)
What would it look like to practically live this out?
Why does my heart resist?
What aspect of God’s redemptive work do we need to embrace in order to reflect and enjoy God’s glory?
P- Pray that into your life. Pray that into the lives of those you know. Pray for those you know who don’t know anything about reflecting and enjoying God’s glory!
What fallen condition is focused on? (Philippians 1:1-11= “It’s all about me!”)
What is the Christ solution? (Philippians 1:1-11= “It’s all for His glory!”)
Connecting with God Through Prayer
C– Confession of sin
A– Adoration of who God is
T– Thanksgiving for all He has done
S– Supplication for your needs