OCTOBER AT 1116
As we're entering a new season of Home Church and making adjustments to sustain the spiritual health of each group, we would like to have everyone meet on-site each Sunday at 10 am for the month of October. At the culmination of this month, it is our intention to restart Home Churches with a revived focus.
*If you are unable to attend on-site service, service videos will be available to view on Mondays by 5:00 pm. Click the button below to view videos.
WHERE TO START.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
While we wait for a move of God, we are to pursue Him. Set aside time each day to connect with Jesus. Take some time this week to write down what you need/want in moving forward. Then engage in self-exploration of where these desires may come from, and then ask if they are Biblically supported? Needs/wants can be anything related to how we gather, to how we behave individually and collectively as a body of believers.
Whether you are praying, fasting, or studying your bible, consider these questions:
1. What expectations do you have for doing this?
2. What are you learning about God?
3. What are you learning about yourself?
4. When God speaks to me, will I be obedient?
5. How can I share what God is doing in my life with others?
Prayer is a way for us to communicate with God. Communication happens both ways: we pray in faith that God listens to us, and He responds (even when we don't feel like He does). Prayer doesn't always come naturally, even if you've been a Christian for years. But the best way to connect in a deeper relationship with God is through prayer--one conversation at a time.
Numbers 6:24-26 (Aaron's Prayer for blessing)
1 Samuel 2:1-10 (Hannah's Prayer of praise)
Psalm 25:1-6 (David's Prayer for guidance)
Psalm 51:7-12 (David's Prayer of repentance)
Matthew 6:9-11 ("The Lord's Prayer" given to the disciples)
Matthew 9:37-38 (Jesus' Prayer for the lost)
Ephesians 3:14-21 (Paul's Prayer for spiritual strength)
Philippians 1:9-11 (Paul's Prayer for the church)
Colossians 1:9-14 (Paul's Prayer of knowledge and thanksgiving)
Fasting is to voluntarily abstain from eating, drinking, or using personal privileges while spending that time to devote ourselves to God. It's not a diet method, but intentional time used to seek direction from God, repent, make request, or give thanks. Although biblical fasting is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast. Anything given up temporarily in order to focus all our attention on God can be considered a fast.
*Disclaimer: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, persons with current or previous medical conditions, or anyone with chronic illness should seek advice from a medical professional before fasting.
Normal Fast (No food, water only. Cf. Matthew 4:2-4, Luke 4:2)
Absolute Fast (No food or water. Cf. Esther 4:15-16, Acts 9:9. Caution: Should not be undertaken over 3 days and only then if you have a clear directive from the Lord and are in good health)
Partial Fast (This could mean fasting certain meals of the day or abstaining from certain kinds of foods; i.e.: No meat or sweets, soup only, fruit and vegetables only, etc. Cf. Daniel 10:2-3)
Fasting and Abstinence (Although the word “fast” is used as abstaining from food in the Bible and does not refer to giving up other things, during a fast one can practice abstinence from other pleasures as well, such as entertainment, TV, hobbies, and sex. Cf. 1 Corinthians 7:3-6)
The Bible is the primary way that God speaks to us. Reading His Word helps us see more of who He is, what He's done, and how we're supposed to live in light of that. It's more than just reading to attain information, but intentionally expecting to hear from God for transformation.
APPS TO HELP YOU
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Read the Bible anywhere in over 2,000 translations. You can also study the hundreds of bible devotional plans.
Listen to the Bible read in multiple voice options and background music.
Keep track of your prayers, set reminders to pray throughout the day, and share prayer requests with others.
Use Verses to memorize and meditate on Scripture more. You can also play quick memory games.