Saturday, October 2, 2010

Share and Prayer experience 7- God Calls Us to Live by the Spirit

Spiritual Journey: what it means to journey with God and the joy inherent in being faithful to God’s call.

Words or phrases that help you get your mind and heart around spiritual journey:
Immaterial reality, inner path, values and meanings to live by, religious beliefs, divine, source of inspiration, religious experience, the process of growing into and furthering a relationship with God as you mature so does your spiritual journey…

Which of these do you find most descriptive?
The process of growing into and furthering a relationship with God as you mature, so does your spiritual journey. A process of continuous learning in the realm of God and your relationship with Him.

How do we find our way along the path of the journey?
Through study, through prayer, listening, observing our surroundings, in relationship with God and other Christians around us. Through our church and our community, with our families. Pursuing Missional Faithfulness is a good start!

*”We find our way by following God’s Spirit!”

Describe the life and ministry of a congregation who is led by the Spirit:

Proverbs 4:11,12 says, "I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble."
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:13)
Romans 8:14: because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

How does the Spirit of God lead us? It is one thing to say that the Spirit leads us, it is another thing to know how the Spirit leads us.

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. (vs.15-16)
There is even the illustration of “He is a lamp unto my feet” Lamps are used to guide us through the dark.

Gary Shockley’s words remind me that the ultimate goal is to have a relationship with God. That is what He wants with us… just to have a relationship. The rest will fall into place, but if there is no relationship then there is nothing to build on.

What do you hear in Jesus’ words that give you hope and encouragement for WHBC’s future?
God will prepare us!

This experience is not about us, or about me. It’s not about our triplet leaders or our triplets. It’s not about any of us. It’s not about our church or our congregation. It is about reaching for God and letting Him direct us in His wisdom, spirit and knowledge of what is best. This is about forming relationships with God, for us and for those that do not yet know Him.

Lord, give us the wisdom, faith and courage to put ourselves and our service to You and to put our church in the path of your “mighty wind and moving Spirit!

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