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Engage: Session 2

Series: Engage

Speaker: Mickey Foley

October 25, 2020

Mickey Foley

Discipleship Pastor

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Madison Park Discipleship Class

Living As Followers of Jesus Christ- Session 2

 

Recap of Session 1…

  • You Are Loved, No Matter What!
  • Definition of Discipleship…Building a RELATIONSHIP with someone and helping them learn how to TRUST and FOLLOW JESUS.
  • Authentic Life diagram
  • Review Living as Followers of Jesus Christ Diagram

Relationship with God (Worship)

This impacts how we enter all of our other relationships!

How do you define Worship?

 

Practical Ways We Worship

  • Corporate Worship on Sundays 
  • Through His Creation
  • Do you worship God with how you treat your spouse? …Your family?
  • Do you worship God in the way you treat others? BE NICE! They are Created in the image of God.
  • Do you worship God with your resources? 
  • Do you worship God with your health? His Temple… 1 Corinthians 6:19
  • Do you worship God in your work? Colossians 3:23-25

 

Notes/Thoughts:

 

Devotion

 

Devotion- Daily and lifelong dedication to the goal of knowing Christ

 

What does that look like for you?

 

Transition from KNOWLEDGE TO KNOWING…

 

What is the difference between the two?
 
Engaging God in His word is the single most transformative element of a Jesus-centered person’s life. Period! ~Lifeway/Barna research study 2011

A Bible that is worn, tattered and falling apart is usually owned by someone that isn’t!

  • Do I allow God to transform me through His word?
  • Do I memorize scripture to regurgitate or to experience its truth?
     

Practical Tools 

  • Reading Plans
  • Youversion Bible App
  • Journaling
  • Highlighting/underlining/ notes in your bible
  • RightNow Media
  • S.O.A.P.’s Model
     

Prayer 

Prayer nurtures intimacy with God and releases the power of the Holy Spirit

 

When do you pray? Where? How?
Do you listen during your prayer time? Do you allow the Holy Spirit to speak?

 

Do you listen?     Psalm 46:10

What does your prayer time look like?

  • Speaking to God as Father
  • Praising God, exalting Him
  • Personal requests
  • Seeking to bring God’s kingdom into the world
  • Praying for God’s will in your circumstances and life
  • Recognizing God’s daily provision
  • Seeking forgiveness and extending forgiveness

Practical Tools:

  • A specified time and place
  • Journal
  • A.C.T.S. Model
  • Prayer Process
  • Pray First booklet 

Click here to see or download a sample one-year reading plan. 


S.O.A.P.S.    Meditating on God’s Word

The acronym S.O.A.P.S. stands for Scripture, Observation, Action step of obedience, Prayer, and Share. This simple method of study is designed to help you meditate on God’s Word. Biblical meditation can be defined as thinking about scripture over and over again in order to understand and obey it, or put it into practice. When we study the Bible, we are trying to better understand God and His ways, with the goal of listening to God’s voice and obeying the leadership of our Lord Jesus. (See Joshua 1:7-8; Psalm 119:33-34; Luke 6:46-49 & John 10:27) 

STEP 1  Grab a Bible and a notebook or journal.

STEP 2  Pray before you start. Ask the Lord to guide your Bible study. Ex: “Lord, please guide me as I study your Word.”

STEP 3  Scripture

Read a passage of scripture. After reading the passage, think about how you would summarize or retell this passage in your own words. Consider writing that summary down. As you reflect on this passage, what specific words or phrases grab your attention? What details stand out to you? Maybe it is a specific word or phrase that provokes a question, triggers a thought or stirs an emotion in you. Consider writing down that one specific word or phrase.

STEP 4  Observation

What do you see in this passage? Who are the people involved? What are the key words or ideas?

What does this passage teach us about God? What does this passage teach us about people? What is the message or lesson? Write down a few sentences of observation and summarize in your own words what you think God may be revealing to you.

 

STEP 5  Action STEP of obedience

How might God want you to personally respond in obedience to this passage? How would your life look differently if you took an action step and put this passage into practice? Try to summarize your specific action step of obedience in 1 sentence. Here are 4 basic ways to respond in obedience to a passage of scripture:

 

                                    S - Is there a sin to avoid or repent of?

                                    T – Is there a truth to believe by faith?

                                    E – Is there an example to follow?

                                    P – Is there a relational skill to practice?

 

STEP 6  Prayer

Talk to God about this passage of scripture. Maybe ask God to give you greater understanding and wisdom. Maybe ask God to give you strength to follow through and take this action step. Maybe pray a prayer of thanks for this truth or confess an area of sin. Ask God for help to obey His leadership in your life. Consider writing down a few sentences of prayer as though you were writing a note directly to God, because in a sense, you are!

 

STEP 7  Share

Is there someone else in your life that needs to hear what God has said to you?

Consider someone specific or be prepared to share with someone if God gives you more of an impromptu opportunity in the days ahead. 

 

Scripture:  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Observation(s):  Jesus is the vine and God is the gardener. His desire is that we would stay connected to Him so that we can bear much fruit. God chose us to bear much fruit and we will experience joy when we obey His commands and bear fruit. Does God really cut off anyone that does not bear fruit? What does that mean? What is the difference between pruning and discipline?

Action Step of Obedience:  I need to stay connected to God so that I can effectively bear fruit. I connect with God best through meditating on scripture, prayer, music, and spending time in nature.

Prayer:  God, my desire is to please you by bearing much fruit. Help me to stay connected to you so that I can see fruit in my own life. Help me to produce fruit in the lives of others as well. I pray for my friends Larry, Jeff, John, Ryan, Ed and Josh. You’ve placed them in my life to be an example to them and to show them who you are. Give me boldness in sharing with them. Give me opportunities to love them and may they see you in me. I pray that your Spirit would draw them to You and that they might embrace you as their savior.

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Scripture: 

 

Key Verse:

 

 Observation(s):  

 

  

Action Step of Obedience: 

 

 

Prayer: 

 

How will I be different today because of what I have read?

The Prayer Process

Perhaps what I like most about The Prayer Process is that it grows as we grow. It can be used as a starting point for beginners, those first trying to forge the habit of prayer in their lives. But it can also be used by those most advanced in their spiritual life. Its structure is such that it celebrates where you are in the journey.

                                                      Matthew Kelly, author of, ‘Rediscover Jesus.’

 

  1. GRATITUDE – Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.

  2. AWARENESS - Revisit the times in the past 24 hours when you were not the-best-version-of-yourself.

  3. SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS – Identify something you experienced today and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).

  4. PEACE – Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and fill you with a deep and abiding peace.
  5. FREEDOM – Speak with God about how he is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.

  6. OTHERS – Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.

  7.  Finish by praying the OUR FATHER.

 

A.C.T.S. Prayer Method

 

One method you may use to help your prayers is, conveniently enough, called the A.C.T.S. method. A.C.T.S. is an acronym that stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. 

Adoration is the act of loving and praising God for Who He Is. Even Jesus Himself starts His most famous prayer (see yesterday’s devotion) by recognizing God’s nature and character. Our prayers should be framed with the immensity of the God we are praying to. 

Most of the time, we begin our prayers by telling God about our problems. Beginning with adoration reminds us just how BIG God really is. Instead of telling God how big your problems are, you begin by telling your problems how HUGE your God is. 

Confession, according to Scripture (Psalm 32:5), is uncovering our sins and shortcomings to God and thereby admitting our dependence upon Him. This is where we call it like it is. God won’t deal with our sins and shortcomings until we uncover them before Him. 

Thanksgiving is gratitude for the things God has done in our lives, the world, and in the lives of others. It has been said that thankfulness is the cure for a million problems. When we remember what God has done in the past, we have less worry about the situations we face in our present or future. 

Supplication is an old-fashioned word that simply means to ask for something. In this, we are openly sharing with the Lord the needs of others, as well as our own needs. However, because our hearts have been shaped by recognizing Who God Is, how He has taken care of us in the past, and how small we truly are, this portion of the prayer should no longer look like a list of demands! 

What could your prayer life look like if you “prayed like this” and followed something more like the A.C.T.S. method?

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