Our cities are too big…what can we do?

2 05 2010

Our cities are much larger than we have the capacity to reach on our own.

We have to stop asking, “What can I do?” and we have to start asking, “What can God do?”

Be a believer.

Be connected.  Be available.

Do life together.

Do grow in your faith.

Do share Jesus Christ.   Don’t wait another week!  Start planning and take action.

Each of us should have general topics that we study, in Scripture, over the course of our lives to benefit our spiritual growth.  I believe that God has created us for spiritual health, and that if we tend to the health of our spirit – it will naturally grow.  This comes without straining for good works, but develops through a natural process.  Of course, it requires effort on our part – the spending of time and energy.

Each of us benefits from the coaching toward guided study.

Here’s my thought:

Make an effort to study the topics listed below by using the following methods:

Devotional Reading – reading a passage of Scripture, prayerfully, in an uninterrupted block of time.

Memorization – In the Scripture this practice is emphasized and often combined with meditation.  This might be choosing a select verse (or even phrase) and committing it to memory and then meditating on it, by repeating it and/or applying it by thoughtful application over the course of a day or series of days.

Study – This may start with a word study, build toward a passage study, and develop into a theme study.  This practice will produce great results!  Often you may find yourself starting by writing out observations from your devotional study and memorization.  This can lead toward more structured study.  I would discourage you from reading commentaries.  One of the worst habits Christians develop is reading the opinions of others when grappling with a Scripture.  When it gets difficult keep working at it.

Here’s a string of Scriptures to consider:

Christianity is a verb: state of being and an action.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Proverbs 24:11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

Acts 26:18 I am sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place among in the family, inviting them into the company of those who are sanctified begin real living by faith believing in me.  The Message

Hebrews 11:6 without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:42-27 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.


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