Envision a Church where every member belongs. A church that is outwardly focused. Where collectively we worship, teach, pray and grow not only our personal faith but the Kingdom.
Envision a cell group that embodies Love Joy and Faith. A safe place to discuss what we learned that week. An encouraging place to bring our “Nathanaels”.
Envision discipleship. This week focuses on cultivating meaningful and Kingdom-winning relationships among our family, leaders, coworkers, neighbors and friends, including marriage and family values, and discipleship relationships.
Envision you. A walking testament for God - living life as the New Man, practicing prayer, being in the Word, being a true light to the world.
Last week's Devotion & Questions:
When I first met my husband he was really into racquetball. The man spent hours at the courts several nights a week. He wasn’t just good, he was good enough that he’d play beginners with his left hand and still win. So when he asked me if I’d like to learn, my immediate response was, “I’m not athletic.”
I disqualified myself before I even got a chance to try racquetball. Fear of failure, of not measuring up, kept me on the bench instead of in the game. I even do this with God. My sin sometimes seems so big to me that I wonder if I’m worthy of God’s love. My failure to pray daily keeps me from praying out loud with my cell group or joining a prayer team. The fact that it has taken me three years to get halfway through a one-year Bible plan makes me feel unqualified to contribute to a small group discussion. I disqualify myself because I listen to fear.
But fear is a liar. I’m qualified because God says I am. He bought me with his son’s blood and, even when I don’t feel like I’m enough, I can trust in His words: And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Q1: Read Hebrews 12:1-2. What is the goal of the race?
Q2: What are things that hinder your walk with Jesus?
Q3: Of the four puzzle pieces–giving, praying, serving and the Word–which one is your strongest? Which one do you struggle with the most?