Every human faces temptations. During times of being tempted, you should try to avoid giving in to the temptations. There are several ways to go about this to include encouragement through prayer, one-on-one discipleship, small group involvement and Sunday morning worship. But, eventually you will give in to the temptation and find yourself being convicted of sin. When this happens, you should repent. Repentance involves feeling sorrow for the hurt your sin has caused, killing your sin through Jesus and living a new life for Jesus empowered by the Holy Spirit. In which areas of life do you feel God convicting you of sins? What do you need to do about this?
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Matthew 28:16-20The command of this passage known as The Great Commission is to make disciples. There is a lot to learn from this command! Did you know that this command extends to all Christians? Not only this, but this is a command given to you by Jesus. And, it would be out of the character of Jesus for Him to command you to do something that you were unable to fulfill. This means that no matter your ability to teach, write, read, communicate or comprehend, you are able to help make disciples in your community. How will you go about preparing yourself to disciple someone in a one-on-one setting?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Spend time meditating on this single verse of Scripture. What is God telling you through this passage? What does it look like for you to apply this passage to your life? Do you have a burden for the culture in which you live? If not, pray that God would give you a burden to seek the welfare of your city, culture, and community. If you already have a burden for your city, culture, and community, keep praying for its welfare. God is in the process of using you and your church in a big way.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1This passage reveals that there are different personalities within the church. This is the result of the church being filled with different types of people and circumstances. When this happens, there are a lot of cultural questions that must be answered by the church. The New Testament makes it clear that we will see a perfect storm of people, circumstances, and personalities as we reach culture. Take time this week to prepare your heart to handle the different types of people, circumstances, and personalities that will arise within your Church as we continue to reach our culture. Pray diligently that this will happen.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Focus on Matthew 8:26 while thinking about the word faith. What does it mean to have faith? What is the difference between little faith and big faith? Think about your life. Are you living as if you have little faith or big faith? What can you do to increase your faith?
In the Luke passage, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. Jesus gives them two ways. Both ways involve telling them the truth. Yes, faith comes by hearing. And, the more you hear about God, the more you know about God. And, the more you know about God, the more your faith in God increases.
Friday, March 4, 2011
1 Corinthians 8:1-13This passage was written to a messy church that had lots of questions concerning what aspects of culture they should accept and what aspects of culture that they should reject. Paul uses the examples in this passage to teach the people about how to decide what they should accept and what they should reject. How good are you are at observing your culture and deciding what areas of culture are acceptable? How do you come to your conclusions? Pray for God to reveal the areas of culture that need to be changed. Ask God to allow you to be a part of this!