Make Disciples. Week 4: Christian Community

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This evening we got together again for Week 4 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series. Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the fourth area on the map, Embracing God’s Story: Christian Community.

Overview

Make Disciples. Week 04

During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map.  After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward. 

Central Streaming: Christ to the Churches

20J.P.BRETEGNIERLECHANDELIERVITRAILDHERICOURTBlessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. (Revelation 1:3 ESV)

Rev 1-3.pdf

Rev 1-3.mp3

Make Disciples. Week 3: Prayer

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This evening we will be gathering again for Week 3 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series. This one is on Prayer.   

Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the third area on the map, Embracing God’s Story: Prayer.

Overview

Week 3

During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map.  After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward.  I’ll leave you with a prayer I composed a while back and which I keep at the top of my own prayer list document. 

Father, please use our nothingness to do something for your glory.  Despite our insignificance, do something truly significant.  Use our weakness to show that you are strong.  Use our limitations to show that nothing is too difficult for you.  Bypass our inadequate understanding by showing that you can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.  Apply your inexhaustible resources to our seemingly large, but ultimately finite, needs.  Use us to draw attention to your greatness in this inattentive world.  Bring the free gift of eternal life in Christ through us to a world that is lost and dying.  Amen.

Make Disciples. Week 2: The Bible

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Last week, on Wednesday, March 8, Dan Kane led the group through Week 2 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series.  During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map.  After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward.

Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the second area on the map, Embracing God’s Story: The Bible.

Overview

Week 2

Central Reflections: Marks of Conversion (or not)

Top-10Barry Atwell walks us through the Letter of 1 John, pointing out the Top Ten Marks of Conversion.  These can give us assurance that we are truly born again.  The lack of these marks, or the presence of their opposite, would indicate that our conversion has never happened.

          1 John.mp3 (Barry Atwell)

          1 John.pdf

Central Reflections: Forging a Common Identity

Edmund Clowney 1917-2005.jpgWe are united to Christ; the living stones are joined to the cornerstone. In that way the church becomes the true house of God. Peter’s language is corporate. He thinks of the spiritual temple, not as the body of an individual believer, but as the body of believers, the company of those who are joined to Christ.

– Edmund Clowney (1917 – 2005)

1 Peter 2.1-12.pdf                 1 Peter 2.1-12.mp3

Central Streaming: James on Prayer

watchman-nee-1903-1972Faced with a pile of problems, we may say with our lips that only prayer can solve them, yet we talk more than pray, worry more than pray, and scheme more than pray. In sum, everything is put before prayer.  – Watchman Nee (1903 – 1972)

James 5.13-18.pdf

James 5.13-18.mp3