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Spiritual Challenge 2015, Part 4

Happy February friends! Can you believe that January has already come and gone? Me neither! At the start of the year, I encouraged you to do something to challenge yourself spiritually this year (see previous blog posts for suggestions).

I have one final suggestion listed below:

Attend or Begin a Bible Study, Small Group or Accountability Group  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22

Meeting together with a small group of people is a sure-fire way to accelerate your spiritual growth!

  1. First of all, in a small group setting, you can ask questions and interact more personally than you can at a church service.
  2. Also, relationships develop where you can learn from each other.
  3. Another reason small groups are important is you have the opportunity to show Christ’s love to those in your group, whether they are easy to love or not. As a side note, studies show that you don’t like 10% of the people you meet. So . . . if you are in a small group with 10 people, chances are one of them will rub you the wrong way. That’s OK, it’s just an opportunity to show Christ’s love to those “Extra Grace Required” type people. You can learn more about truly being like Jesus with “EGR’s” than those that are easy for you to love.
  4. Finally, small groups help you to not just “listen to the Word” but to put it into practice.

Most likely, there is some type of small group or Bible study that you can find, either at your own church or at another church. However, if there isn’t, maybe the Holy Spirit is nudging your spirit to begin one.

So, there you have it, seven practical suggestions of ways you could spiritually challenge yourself this year. By its very definition, a challenge is something that is difficult to do. Are you up for a spiritual challenge this year? Would you like 2015 to be the year that you can look back on as one with marked growth in your spiritual life?? Prayerfully consider implementing one (or more) of these suggestions. Then get started and STICK WITH IT!! Find a friend who will join you and help hold you accountable. You can do it! Thankfully, God will help you. His Spirit will empower you to. As you take on a spiritual challenge, you will be changed from the inside out. Every bit of effort you put towards your spiritual growth reaps both earthly and eternal rewards.

I am cheering you on and praying for determination and discipline for each of us in 2015. As we take this “spiritual challenge” together, we will grow closer to Christ and become more like Him!

I believe the best in you and for you!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Summer Family Bible Study

When summer time rolls around, my husband and I take advantage of the extra time we have to disciple our kids in God’s Word. Each year, it looks differently. For two years in a row, we participated in the “Bible Bee”. The first summer we studied each and every verse of 1st Peter and the second summer it was 2nd Timothy. Click here to check out this wonderful ministry.

As springtime was giving way to summer, my husband shared with me that he wanted the kids to learn how to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice through interacting with the Bible.  So, this summer, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday he will choose a verse from the Bible and in our journals, we will interact with it in the following way:

  1. Write the reference
  2. Write the main theme
  3. Choose a key word & using Blueletterbible.org write the Hebrew or Greek Definition
  4. Consider what the Holy Spirit is speaking to me personally through the verse and write it down

Journals

Summer Bible Study

Then we will share with each other what we have written.  However, sharing #4 is optional.  It can keep it between you and the Lord.

On Wednesday, our verse was Romans 10:9. This is what I received from this verse.

  1. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
  2. Steps to Salvation
  3. Lord – to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has the power of deciding the owner, one who has control of a person, master.
  4. Jesus needs to be Lord of every area of my life – mind, emotions, attitude, etc… I have decided that I belong to Jesus and I willingly give Him control of my life.  As I keep Him as Lord of all of me, it leads to salvation of anything and everything that tries to come against me.  He is the Lord that initially saves me from my sin, but He is also the Lord who continually saves me from that which tries to defeat me.

We are praying that this simple Biblical exercise leads to great growth in our kiddos lives.  Feel free to adopt and/or adapt our Summer Bible Study for your family as well!

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