What’s Next? – Day 8.5

This is the Community Day where your community or group decides what happens next.

How often will you meet and serve together?

Will you do a variety of projects or partner with a one non-profit organization or ministry?

Who is going to coordinate your efforts?

Be sure to spend some time in prayer both before and after you talk about these things.

 

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Tough Questions – Day 8.4

The questions on page 183 seem simple enough; but if we answer them honestly, they will certainly help us discern our next steps in living the intuitive life.

1. What must I say “NO” to in order to live a more intuitive life?  It’s one thing if you’ve got some time wasters in there; but it’s another thing if you’ve got a lot of good things in your life.  Most of us probably have a lot of good things; so how do we choose?

2. What must you say “YES” to in order to live a more intuitive life?  For me this means that I need to say “YES” to spending more time listening to God in a variety of ways,  What about you?

 

Listening to the Spirit – Day 8.3

This is an interesting shift in thinking for many if not most of us.  I’m not saying that we never listen to God; but I am saying that I usually bring my agenda to Him rather than listening first for His agenda.  Are we willing to let the holy Spirit guide and direct, then act?

What tensions or problems are you encountering in shifting from service project or event mindset to allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct your actions?

 

 

Working with the Spirit – Day 8.2

Today the Primer reminds us that as Christ-followers we have been given the Holy Spirit – the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead!

He helps us see things as God sees them … and most of the time if not all of the time this is not how the world views things. We are Kingdom partners with God.  We are on mission with Him.  I am reminded of this passage from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians …

Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

     20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. NIV [emphasis mine]

How does it make you feel that he can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine?  Do we trust in the Holy Spirit’s direction and power?  What would it look like if we trusted Him more?

Brandon has no blog for today.

What’s a friend to do? – Day 8.1

There’s a mistake in the Bible reference for today’s Bible reading on page 170.  The verse quoted is John 14:15-17 (NIV):

15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you an-other Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

The reference quoted is John 15:15-17 (NIV) – also the words of Jesus:

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.”

I didn’t discover this until after I had started working with the text.  I get the idea that Jesus did not leave us alone and helpless; but has given His followers the Holy Spirit to renew their minds and transform or form them to be like Him (Jesus).  But the John 15 passage also indicates a change in status. Those of us who follow Jesus and enabled by the Holy Spirit to see things as He does are no longer servants, we’re friends.

What does it mean to be a friend, associate, or partner with Jesus?  He given us the family secrets and access to the family power that we might “bear fruit” or be productive in the family business.  It means that we are more than consumers of God’s grace – we have a distribution franchise… but we’ve got to be connected to the power source and remember it’s the family business … Kingdom business.

Brandon doesn’t blog for Day 8.1; but I was reminder of a great Phillips, Craig, and Dean song that someone put picture to on Youtube: “I am a Friend of God”:

Re-Create – Day 7.7

Why do I do what I do when I serve someone? That’s a great question because there can be a lot of answers:

  • to make myself feel better
  • to gain favor with or power over someone
  • out of obligation, duty, or guilt
  • to become more like Jesus

Perhaps it’s not one of these reasons, but a mixture that is difficult if not almost impossible to separate. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you sort things out.  By the way, Philippians 2 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible and speaks to me how God wants to form me.

Here’s the links to Brandon’s blog for Day 7.7 …

http://barefootprimer.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/rest-week-7-day-7/

 

Discipleship through Serving – Day 7.6

Are we really convinced that we become more like Jesus through serving others?  That’s a serious question … probably a Kingdom question … because most of us would rather be served than serve. And most of us have probably come into the Kingdom as one of God’s servants served us in some way – physically (provided for some physical need), emotionally (listened or counseled us through a time of crisis), or spiritually (helped us understand the Gospel).

How do you respond to Hatmaker’s statement on page 163: “… if we are to be true disciples of Christ, our value of mission must increase?”

He has more comments on his blog …

http://barefootprimer.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/therefore-week-7-day-6/