1. Together finding truth in God's
word to live out in our lives.
The best way I can begin to describe this is some people call this Bible study. But the problem is that is all we do is study, and even calling much of it study is a stretch. What we do mostly is express our opinion and regurgitate our previously acquired religious database. In other words we talk about what we think we already know.
True Bible study begins with the intent of finding truth to actually direct our lives. We observe, think, reflect, God speaks, and we find a truth to follow. The process simply put is observe, interpret and apply.
I recently completed a study in our church that dealt with our approach to God's word, how to study it, yes, but also how to allow God to prepare our hearts and minds so we can learn from the God-breathed words on the page. The study is "Learning God's Ways, Walking in the paths of life!" My hope is to use my webmaster software to make an e-book to share on the web.
Welcome to all. For those living in Terre Haute let's make plans for our area along with our fellowship over the web.
I will use "kindred spirits" for lack of a better term as I try to explain this page. If you would like to be a part of seeking God with me and whoever may join us on the journey via the web, then welcome to you.
Here are some thoughts I have had:
2. Speak honestly to each other.
As I have given this a little thought, one thing has come to mind. Possibly communicating via the internet can give us enough practice that we can begin doing it in our face-to-face relationships.
Are you with me on this? I think maybe I am on to something.
One of our greatest struggles is to be honest with each other. We legitimately do not want to hurt someone, or we get caught up in the rush of life and cannot stop long enough to process the info to do it right, or we don't want to honestly face our own lives which is key to speaking honestly to someone else.
So maybe we can "practice" on each other, learn within the privacy of the internet, and yet, humble ourselves enough before God that he can make it real and a true part of our lives.
If this works as I would hope, you help me refine this whole thing. We build it together, not just speaking honestly to each other but the whole site.
God's spirit works through our genuine fellowship and friendship and he uses us to construct a worthy tool for those seeking God and for those seeking a vital relationship with God.
3. Pray for each other.
Again, we are talking a group thing here, a learning, growing dynamic on growing in our prayer lives and growing in our concern to pray for others.
Since we have learned to speak honestly (see 2.), then we will be able to refine our efforts in prayer.
Am I praying for the right things?
Am I being selfish in my prayers?
Do I realize the potential of bringing my petition before Almighty God?
Truly bowing before God in prayer?
Asking not demanding?
Learning to allow the goodness and grace of his fellowship to wash over us while we pray?
What else. . .?
"Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:14-15 NIV).
. . .God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15 NIV).
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