I pray that your time with us in today's worship encourages your faith and helps you move closer to Jesus as you discover more of his plan for your life.
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This week's announcements:
Today's Order of Worship
Songs for Worship
Shine Jesus Shine
Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart
Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us
No Longer Slaves
How Great is Our God
Ephesians: Who do you think you are?
You are: Reconciled
The Problem: Separation
"No stranger is to enter within the balustrade round the temple and enclosure. Whoever is caught will be responsible to himself for his death, which will ensue."
The Promise of Reconciliation
The Jew and the Gentile Are Reconciled in Christ
You and God Are Reconciled in Christ
You and Others Are Reconciled in Christ
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Take it Home:
Spiritual Development: Fellowship
Spiritual Disciplines are not a list of religious duties but rather habits that nurture and mature our spiritual growth. They are inward, spiritual attitudes walked out by behaviors and actions. These habits are critical for lasting spiritual growth and true life transformation.
FELLOWSHIP: Engaging with other disciples in the common activities of worship study, prayer, celebration, and service, which sustain our life together and enlarge our capacity to experience more of God. ~ The Life With God Bible
The whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. ~ Ephesians 4:15-16
Usually when we think of fellowship a social gathering comes to mind. But it’s more than a cup of coffee and small talk with a friend. Fellowship is the united body of Christian believers working together to grow spiritually as individuals, mentor each other in discipleship and share the gospel with a lost world.
Naturally as fellow believers in Christ, we fellowship because we have many things in common: the same faith in God through Christ and we can converse about the same subjects of prayer and Scripture. Fellowship is not only a state of being or identity with Christ. Fellowship is also an activity: such as assembling together for the shared purpose of study and worship.
Fellowship for Spiritual Growth
Fellowship provides a solid foundation for our spiritual growth. Contact with fellow believers shapes us; sometimes with sparks flying like an axe being sharpened, other times a gentle polishing to a smooth shine. Whichever the case, fellowship strongly influences our spiritual foundation and should be used to the full.
Ideas for Spiritual Growth Fellowship In Person or Virtual
Join a small group in your church.
Find a prayer partner and meet regular to pray.
Lead a Bible study in a local retirement home.
Start an online Bible Study or Small Group.
Fellowship for Discipleship
We become like those we spend time with. So if we want to grow stronger and mature in our faith, we need to spend time with those further along the spiritual journey than we are. As we continue to grow and mature we in turn can reach out to those new in the faith and mentor them as well.
Ideas for Discipleship Fellowship In Person or Virtual:
Find a mentor, spiritual director or friend who models their faith.
Meet regularly for spiritual growth and accountability.
Find a friend or neighbor seeking guidance that you can share.
Invite neighbors to an online worship service watch party.
Fellowship for Evangelization
Before becoming a Christian most of us had no problem spending time with strangers. The Church today is lacking in social activities that would draw in the unchurched of our world. We as individuals need to create ways to reach the people in our circle of influence: neighborhood, public transportation, maybe even a fellow coworker.
Ideas for Evangelism Fellowship In Person or Virtual:
Pray for God to open doors and boldly walk through them.
Create a list of folks to pray for regularly.
Find ways to reach out to lost friends.
Record your testimony and share it on social media.
For some of us fellowship isn’t always as easy as 1, 2, 3. Many of us are introverts and prefer to not be in the spotlight. However, Jesus commanded us to follow him and share His good news.
I encourage you to look over the list of ideas and find one or two that can work for you. Take a leap of faith. God will meet you there and give you what you need to be successful in fellowship whether it be for spiritual growth, discipleship or sharing the gospel. You will definitely be blessed as you do!
Reprinted from https://rhwministries.com/the-spiritual-disciplines-fellowship/
This week's prayer focus:
Sunday - Our Mission: God, increase the desire of believers to fulfill the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20
Monday - Our Church: God, direct our vision for the Future. Proverbs 19:21
Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our ministers and volunteers persevere in Your work. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Wednesday - Families: God, help our families be committed to the Lord and His Work. Joshua 24:15
Thursday - Our Community: God, bring salvation to the lost. Luke 19:10
Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people set an example of godliness for others. 1 Timothy 4:12
Saturday - Adults: God, give our adults discernment to not be deceived by the world and Satan.1 Peter 5:8
Merger Prayer Focus: Making New Disciples
The “Great Commission,” as it is called, sends Jesus’ disciples out into the world to make new disciples. We are to go into all the world, presenting the Good News message and inviting others to become disciples. A disciple is one who follows the teacher, learning from the teacher, and doing what the teacher instructs.
Pray for new people. Matthew 28:19
Pray for children. Matthew 19:14
Pray for young families. Rom 10:14-15
Pray for more diverse people. Revelation 7:9
Pray that God would bring people from all directions. Luke 13:29
Pray for unchurched people. Acts 1:8
Pray for people to accept Christ as Savior. John 14:6
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