Welcome- Thank You, Enjoy Discipleship English
Since you are reading this, I assume you have decided to become a
follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus described what you have just experienced as
being â€œborn again.â€ Now, you are a child of God if you have the Holy Spirit. Let me welcome you to Godâ€™s family! You are my brother or sister in Christ. I have the privilege of helping you start to grow from being a baby In Christ toward being a
mature follower. Thatâ€™s a lifelong journey, but now is a good time to start.
Will you allow me to be your coach?
I have good news for you. As difficult as this Christian life may seem to
you now, you are not alone. Jesus Said, â€œI Am with you alwaysâ€ (Matt. 28:20).
He is with you by His Holy Spirit who has come to live in you. And God
places you in the body of Christâ€”the churchâ€”so all the members can help
one another become all God wants them to be. Weâ€™ll talk more about all
that later. For now, just know you are part of a team, and we want to help
you grow up to be a mature follower of Jesus.
Jesus said, â€œI am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more
abundantlyâ€ (John 10:10, KJV). Thatâ€™s part of what WEEK ONE is all
aboutâ€”helping you get started toward experiencing that abundant life Jesus
has for you. Following Jesus is not easy, but I guarantee this abundant life is
worth all your efforts.
Over the course of the next seven days, Iâ€™m going to coach you in
beginning this new life. Iâ€™ll talk with you (in writing) as if I were sitting
across the table from you. Iâ€™ll ask you some questions or give you an
assignment. This is an example:
ï¶ How would you describe your background knowledge of what
being a Christian means? Check one or write your own.
ï‚£ a. Iâ€™m from a family with other Christians.
ï‚£ b. I studied Christianity extensively before making this decision.
ï‚£ c. I really donâ€™t have much prior knowledge.
ï‚£ d. ___________________________________________________
Did you respond? You may have a background with some good
examples of what being a Christian looks like. Or your examples may have
been poor ones. Or you may have no background whatsoever. No matter
what your background is, the following suggestions should help you get off
to a good start. Please respond to the questions and activities. I believe
these will help you begin to grow.
Iâ€™ll do my best to be a good coach, but I know you will have questions
or need suggestions I will not cover. Start thinking now about finding a live
coach (another follower of Jesus) who can help you with the questions I fail
to answer. When you come up with a person, ask him or her for help. Or
ask a pastor for a suggestion.
ï¶ When you enlist a coach write his or her name and contact
information (like a phone number or e-mail address) below:
When you learn a new subject in school or start a new job, you usually
must learn new words to describe things or processes. This new life will
include learning some new vocabulary words. Donâ€™t let it be a dreaded
chore but a genuine adventure. Iâ€™m going to try and help you along the way,
but I know I canâ€™t do this job well in this short space. So as you read, circle
words you do not understand. You can look them up in a dictionary or
better yet ask another follower of Jesus Christ.
This is one of the reasons I suggested you will want to enlist someone to
coach you. Just like a person would train you for a new job, a coach can
help you learn how to live this new life of following Jesus Christ.
Are you ready? Letâ€™s get started. Each dayâ€™s lesson will include the
1. Read Godâ€™s Word for Todayâ€”Iâ€™ll give you one or more verses from
the Bible to read and think about today;
2. Talk to God in Prayerâ€”Iâ€™ll give you a suggestion for talking with
your heavenly Father;
3. Questions & Answers for Todayâ€”Iâ€™ll pose questions you may be
asking and give very brief answers to get you started in knowing about
God and how to follow Jesus. Iâ€™ll conclude by asking you to:
4. Think about and Do What God Has Saidâ€”You will want to apply
what you are learning by doing the things God desires.
Day 1: Understand this New Life
ï¶ Read Godâ€™s Word for Today: â€œGod loved the world in this way: He
gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not
perish but have eternal lifeâ€ (John 3:16).
â€œBy grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it
is Godâ€™s giftâ€”not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His
creationâ€”created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
ahead of time so that we should walk in themâ€ (Ephesians 2:8-10).
â€œIf anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed
away, and look, new things have comeâ€ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
ï¶ Talk to God in Prayer: Take a few moments to thank God that He
loved you enough to send Jesus to pay the penalty for your sin on the cross.
Give Him permission to make you a new creation. You can talk out loud if
you have some privacy, or you can pray silently, thoughtfully.
ï¶ Remember to circle words you donâ€™t know. Then look them up or
ask someone to help you understand them.
First, letâ€™s review what happens to a person when he or she trusts Jesus
Christ and becomes a new creation.
1. Because of sin, a person without Christ is spiritually dead in sin. No
works of his own can save him.
2. Jesus lived a sinless life and died as a sacrifice to pay the death penalty
3. He grants forgiveness and eternal life to those who turn from their
sinful ways and receive Him as Savior and Lord.
4. God places the Holy Spirit of Christ in a new believer to help him,
guide him, teach him, give understanding, and enable him to do the
things God asks of him.
5. Godâ€™s goal for your life is that you be transformed into Christlikeness
so you think and act like Christ. He has created you for good works
that contribute to accomplishing Christâ€™s mission in the world.
You may not understand all that right now. Donâ€™t worry. God knows
where you are and what you need. He cares that you grow to full maturity
more than you do. And He has placed His Holy Spirit in you to help with
the process. Iâ€™m guessing you may need to circle a few words in the
previous list. If you havenâ€™t already done so, go ahead and do that now.
Day 2: Spend Time with God Daily
ï¶ Read Godâ€™s Word for Today:
â€œOur Father in heaven,
Your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.â€
ï¶ Talk to God in Prayer: Jesus gave His followers the model prayer you
just read. You can pray this prayer, but you also can use it as an example of
the way to pray and the kinds of things for which you might ask. Use it as a
model as you talk with your heavenly Father today.
ï‚· Praise God for his greatness and holiness. Realize that He is the One
with whom you are talking.
ï‚· Pray that His will be done everywhere and agree that you will obey Him
as He makes His will clear to you.
ï‚· Ask God to provide the things you need (not just want) today. When
He provides, thank Him.
ï‚· Confess your sin (debts) and ask God to forgive you. If you need to
forgive others, now is the time to seek Godâ€™s help in doing that.
ï‚· Ask God to give you the strength to resist the temptation to sin and to deliver
you from the influence of the devil. Ask God for daily victory over
sinful thoughts, words, and deeds.
ï‚· Worship Christ as your powerful King (over His kingdom) and stand in
awe of His glory (the evidence of Godâ€™s greatness).
Begin to spend regular time with your heavenly Father in prayer.
This is not just an item to be checked off your To-Do list. Prayer is a
relationship with a Person. God has placed the Holy Spirit of His Son in
you to always be with you and guide you. You can talk to Him anytime
(aloud or silently). Learn to quietly listen as well. He will speak to you
through His Word (more on this tomorrow) and in prayer.
ï¶ As you read the following tips, underline the ones that seem to be
most important or helpful to you.
1. Learn to talk to Him about everything that concerns you. He cares.
Enjoy your time with Him.
2. Learn to respond to Him in confession, praise, worship, and
thanksgiving. This is a lifelong journey; you will learn to pray these
ways as you grow spiritually.
3. Learn to ask God for the things He wants to do in you and in the lives
of those around you.
4. Look for opportunities to pray with other believers so you can learn
from them and experience the benefits of praying together.
5. The Bible is filled with prayers, especially in the Psalms. You can use
the Bible prayers as your own. Godâ€™s Word will also suggest things for
which you can pray.
6. Many songs are really prayers of praise and worship spoken directly to
the Lord. Christian music can become a help for your praying.
7. Arrange your schedule so you can set aside a regular time for prayer
daily. Many have found that early morning is a great time to start their
day with an unhurried time with God. Making this a habit will take time
and adjustments (like going to bed on time the night before), but the
benefit is worth the effort.
ï¶ Spend some time today just talking with God. Share with Him
your desires for this new life. Ask Him for help. Ask Him to teach
you to pray. Do you have doubts, questions, or special concerns?
You can talk to Him about those also. Place a check in this box
when you have taken time to pray.
ï‚£ Questions & Answers for Today
Q1: Do I need to bow my head and close my eyes to pray?
A1: You may. For some, a bowed head indicates your reverent submission
to God. Closed eyes help filter out distractions around you. But keep in
mind that prayer is more about a relationship. You can talk to God with
eyes open or closed. You can talk with Him kneeling, standing, laying
down, walking, running, or driving.
Q2: Must I pray aloud (audibly)?
A2: God is Spirit. He hears your prayers and knows your thoughts whether
they are prayed aloud or silently. The important this is to pray.
ï¶ Think About and Do What God Has Said.
Day 3: Learn about God, His Will & Ways
ï¶ Read Godâ€™s Word for Today: â€œAll Scripture is inspired by God and is
profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in
righteousness so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every
good workâ€ (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
â€œI have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against
You. â€¦ Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my pathâ€ (Psalm
ï¶ Talk to God in Prayer: Thank God for the Bible (Godâ€™s Word)
through which He has revealed Himself and the good news of salvation
that comes through Jesus Christ. Ask Him to help you study and
understand His Word so you can know Him better and live as He desires.
Today, I want to talk with you about the importance of the Bible for
your spiritual growth. The verses above describe some of the benefits of
Godâ€™s Word. Knowing Godâ€™s Word can help you resist temptations to sin.
It can give you insight and direction for daily living. It can provide
correction and training for right living. Godâ€™s Word is a trustworthy guide
for your faith and for daily living.
ï¶ Do you have a Bible of your own? ____ If not, buy one or ask your
church if they have an extra copy that you may have. You may
want to buy a study Bible that has built-in Bible study tools.
ï¶ Match each of the following Bible verses with the thing God
reveals through that verse in the list on page 9. Write a letter
beside each number.
A. â€œLove one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love
one anotherâ€ (John 13:34)
B. â€œKeep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you
will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to youâ€
C. â€œYou, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger
and abundant in faithful love and truthâ€ (Psalm 86:15).
D. â€œThe Lord disciplines the one He loves. â€¦ He does it for our
benefit, so that we can share His holinessâ€ (Hebrews 12:6,10).
E. â€œI am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me
and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing
without Meâ€ (John 15:5).
F. â€œTeach me Your way, Lord, and I will live by Your truth. Give me
an undivided mind to fear Your nameâ€ (Psalm 86:11).
G. â€œThe Lord â€¦ is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all
to come to repentanceâ€ (2 Peter 3:9).
H. â€œSee to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no
root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling
manyâ€ (Hebrews 12:15).
__ 1. Attribute (characteristic) of God
__ 2. Godâ€™s will (purpose, plan, desire)
__ 3. Godâ€™s way
__ 4. A Command to obey
__ 5. A promise to claim
__ 6. A sin or error to avoid
__ 7. A prayer to pray
__ 8. A truth about me in relation to God
You probably got more than one answer for some of these, but here are
my responses: 1-C, 2-G, 3-D, 4-A, 5-B, 6-H, 7-F, 8-E. Do you see how rich
and instructive Godâ€™s Word is for you?
Read and study Godâ€™s Word to come to know Him, His purposes,
and His ways. Here are some tips:
1. Regularly spend time reading or listening to Godâ€™s Word. Pay special
attention to what God says through the Bible about Himself, what He
desires, and how He works.
2. Donâ€™t just listen to Godâ€™s Word, but do what it says. â€œBe doers of the
word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselvesâ€ (James 1:22).
3. Spend time thinking about what God has said. Study to better
understand what He is saying.
4. Memorize important verses so you will remember what God has said
when you need to know.
Question & Answer for Today
Q: The Bible has 66 books. Where should I start?
A: You can start at the beginning in Genesis. But I suggest you start in the
New Testament to read about Jesus and what He taught. On page 18 you
will find suggestions for a first month. Donâ€™t hesitate to use the â€œTable of
Contentsâ€ in the front of your Bible to find your way around.
Day 4: Live in Victory
ï¶ Read Godâ€™s Word for Today: â€œThis is what love for God is: to keep
His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, because whatever
has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has
conquered the world: our faith. And who is the one who conquers the
world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?â€
(1 John 5:3-5)
â€œYou are from God, little children â€¦ the One who is in you is greater
than the one who is in the worldâ€ (1 John 4:4).
ï¶ Talk to God in Prayer: Tell God how much you love Him. Thank
Him for His commands that help you know how to have an abundant life.
Pray the prayer of the psalmist: â€œI delight to do Your will, my God; Your
instruction resides within meâ€ (Psalm 40:8). Ask God to help you
increasingly experience victory over sin and worldly influences.
Decide to obey God as He reveals His will through His Word and by
the leading of His Holy Spirit.
1. Make a conscious decision and pledge to the Lord that you will obey
Him as He reveals His will to you.
2. Seek to know His will as you read His Word and pray.
3. When you still donâ€™t know what is right or wrong in a matter, ask a
trusted and faithful Christian to help you understand.
Begin to put off the old sinful attitudes and actions and put on the
new ways of thinking and behaving that honor God.
1. As God reveals attitudes and actions that are wrong, quit doing those
things. Say no to the ungodly thoughts and temptations to sin. Avoid
places or activities where the temptation to sin is strong.
2. As God reveals new ways of thinking and behaving that please and
honor Him, add those to your life. Watch for opportunities to think
and live in new ways.
3. God desires a relationship with you, being a Christian is not just
keeping a list of rules. Jesus wants you to follow Him, love Him, obey
Him, and become like Him. And the good news is that He lives in you
to guide you and help you obey. Depend on Him for help.
4. When you fail, hurry back to God: â€œIf we confess our sins, He is
faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all
unrighteousnessâ€ (1 John 1:9).
ï¶ Read the following Scripture. Circle the words describing what
you should put off (like taking off items of clothing). Underline
the words describing what you should put on.
â€œPut to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality,
impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of
these, Godâ€™s wrath comes on the disobedient, and you once walked
in these things when you were living in them. But now you must also
put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy
language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you
have put off the old man with his practices and have put on the new
man, who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of
his Creator.â€ (Colossians 3:5-10).
ï¶ Now think about two lists (what to put off and what to put on)
and talk to God. What does He want you to do differently? List
below at least one thing you want to change to obey God.
Questions & Answers for Today
Q1: If Iâ€™ve got a BIG sin area from that list in Colossians that has a
powerful hold on me, what do I do to get set free?
A1: Begin by talking to Jesus about it. Agree that you want to be set free.
Re-read and begin to practice the suggestions Iâ€™ve made on page 10. But
hereâ€™s one more. Godâ€™s Word says, â€œConfess your sins to one another and
pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The intense prayer of the
righteous is very powerfulâ€ (James 5:16). Privately confide in a trusted
Christian friend and ask him or her to pray for you (preferably at that
moment) and check up on your progress toward victory regularly.
Q2: Is victory really possible?
A2: Yes. Because of Christ, you have been set free from sinâ€™s power (see
Romans 6). But victory requires daily, moment-by-moment choices to resist
temptation and yield yourself to God. As you grow in Christ, you will
increasingly experience this victory. Ask God and others for help. Jesus
said, â€œI have come that they may have life and have it in abundanceâ€ (John
10:10). â€œThanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ!â€ (1 Corinthians 15:57).
ï¶ Think About and Do What God Has Said
Day 5: Connect with the Body
ï¶ Read Godâ€™s Word for Today: â€œNow you are the body of Christ, and
individual members of itâ€ (1 Corinthians 12:27).
â€œâ€¦ and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we
who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of [or belong
to] one anotherâ€ (Romans 12:4-5).
â€œHe personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some
evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the
work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in
the faith and in the knowledge of Godâ€™s Son, growing into a mature man
with a stature measured by Christâ€™s fullness. Then we will no longer be little
children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching,
by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking
the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the headâ€”
Christ. From Him, the whole body, fitted and knit together by every
supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself
in love by the proper working of each individual partâ€ (Ephesians 4:11-16).
ï¶ Talk to God in Prayer: Thank God you do not have to live this life of
following Christ alone. Ask Him to guide you to the church where He
wants you to belong. Ask Him to minister to you through that church
family and show you the contributions He wants to make through you.
ï¶ Remember to circle words you donâ€™t know. Then look them up or
ask someone to help you understand them.
When you are born again and adopted into Godâ€™s family, you become a
part of the redeemed [God bought and paid a price for you by the death of
Christ on the cross]. You belong to God. But God wants you to be a part
of a local church (often called the body of Christ) where members help one
another grow up into full maturity. The body of Christ, as Godâ€™s
representative, then carries out Godâ€™s mission to help people get right with
(be reconciled to) God. We have the assignment of making disciples of all
peoples. Now that you are a disciple (follower) of Jesus Christ, you have the
privilege and responsibility of joining that effort of helping others come to
know and trust Christ and grow to maturity.
Join a church family where you can experience all the benefits of
being a part of the body of Christ. Check each one as you get started.
ï‚£ If you have not already identified one, pray that God will guide you
to the church of His choosing. Find out how you go about affiliating
with that local church and do so.
ï‚£ Get involved in a small group where you can study the Bible
together and help one another grow in Christlikeness. This is the place
where you will most likely experience the major benefits of being part
of a church. For many churches, this will be a Sunday School class, but
for others, the small-groups may have different names and meet at other
times than on Sunday.
ï‚£ Actively participate in worship experiences with the larger body of
ï‚£ Listen attentively to the teaching and preaching of Godâ€™s Word so
you can learn how to follow Christ from others.
ï‚£ Ask God and other church members to show you how you can
contribute to the body of Christ through serving and giving.
Declare your faith in Christ by being baptized. Baptism is a symbolic
act to indicate you have chosen to follow Christ, you have died to your old
sinful life, and you have been raised with Christ to live a new life. Jesus set
the example for us in baptism.
1. Share about your decision to follow Christ with a church family and ask
when and how you can be baptized.
2. Invite people you know and love to attend your baptism service.
Questions & Answers for Today
Q1: Do I have to join a church or can I just float around from one to
A1: Just as your body parts are all attached to you, you need to be attached
to the other members of the body of Christ. You need them and they will
need you to function properly. Thatâ€™s the way God intended you to grow.
Donâ€™t try to by-pass Godâ€™s plan. You need to belong.
Q2: Are all churches the same?
A2: No. Not all are Christian (followers of Jesus Christ). Start there. Many
things like a formality, music style and size are matters of personal
preference. But find a church that believes and teaches the Bible as Godâ€™s
only guide for faith and daily living. Make sure they believe Jesus is the
divine Son of God and that salvation comes only by faith in Him.
ï¶ If you have questions of your own, write them down and ask the church.
ï¶ Think About and Do What God Has Said.
Day 6: Tell Your Story
ï¶ Read Godâ€™s Word for Today: â€œEveryone who will acknowledge Me
before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But
whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in
heavenâ€ (Matthew 10:32-33).
â€œYou will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and
you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
ends of the earthâ€ (Acts 1:8).
ï¶ Talk to God in Prayer:
ï‚· Thank God that He has begun a good work in your life.
ï‚· Tell the Lord Jesus about your desire to let others know about your
personal relationship with Him.
ï‚· Ask Him to empty you of self-centeredness and cleanse you of sin
so that He can fill you with His Holy Spirit and with power!
One day Jesus met a demon-possessed man whose life was out of
control. He had lost his family and his sanity. In love, Jesus healed him and
set him free from the demons that held him in bondage. Out of great joy,
the man wanted to travel with Jesus, but Jesus had a different assignment
for him: â€œâ€˜Go back home to your own people, and report to them how
much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you.â€™ So he
went out and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done
for him, and they were all amazedâ€ (Mark 5:19-20).
Those who have been born again, forgiven, cleansed, and set free by
Jesus Christ has a story to tell. And that story grows day-by-day as God
continues to transform your life by the work of His Holy Spirit in you.
ï¶ Use a separate sheet of paper or, better yet, start keeping a
journal or a diary to record some details about why and how you
chose to become a follower of Jesus Christ. You may want to
answer questions like Who? What? When? Where? Why? and
How? Think about this: What is different today because of Jesus?
Do you feel peace, love, freedom from sin or bondage, released
from guilt, clean, befriended, or __ _? Take a few minutes now to
make some notes before you continue below.
Suppose Jesus were to say to you what He said to the formerly
demon-possessed man: â€œGo back home to your own people, and
report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He
has had mercy on you.â€ Where would you go and whom would
you tell? Make a list of a few people/groups below.
Tell others what good things the Lord has done for you.
1. Tell your family, relatives, friends, neighbors, and coworkers what God
is doing in your life. Tell them what you have learned and experienced
about Jesus Christ and what He has done.
2. Ask some other Christians to pray for the people on your list who do
not yet believe in Christâ€”that they will come to faith in Him also.
3. Send a text. Post it on the wall for your social network friends. Record
and post a video online telling your story.
4. Invite them to attend your baptism as you share a public witness about
your new life in Christ. (You may even want to prepare refreshments
afterward to hang around and talk.)
5. Invite them to go with you to a small-group Bible study so they can
learn about God with you. Jesus said, â€œEveryone who has listened to
and learned from the Father comes to Meâ€ (John 6:45).
Questions & Answers for Today
Q1: What do I say?
A1: Jesus said you would be His witness. A witness tells what he or she
personally has seen, heard, or experienced. No one else can tell that story
like you can. Itâ€™s your story of what Jesus is doing. It may or may not be
dramatic, but for you, it is life-changing. Those who know and care about
you will be eager to hear why your life is changing.
Q2: What if someone is not eager but upset?
A2: Be patient. They may be responding that way because they donâ€™t
understand. Pray that God will do such a wonderful job of changing you to
look and act like Jesus that people will notice the change. Pray that God will
make your experience of Jesus Christ appealing to others. Then, when that
upset person decides he wants what you have, you will be able to rejoice
ï¶ Think About and Do What God Has Said.
Day 7: Plan and Take Next Steps
ï¶ Read Godâ€™s Word for Today: â€œGrow in the grace and knowledge of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christâ€ (2 Peter 3:18).
â€œAs newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may
grow therebyâ€ (1 Peter 2:2, KJV).
ï¶ Talk to God in Prayer: Thank God for what He has begun doing in
your life. Ask Him to help you continue growing in grace and knowledge of
Jesus Christâ€”your Savior. Ask God to feed you with His Word.
ï¶ Check each of the following items you would like to experience
as you follow Jesus Christ.
ï‚£ A. Iâ€™d like to share in Godâ€™s divine nature.
ï‚£ B. Iâ€™d like to escape the sinful corruption in the world.
ï‚£ C. Iâ€™d like to live a useful and fruitful life.
ï‚£ D. Iâ€™d like to never stumble spiritually.
If you checked them all, you are like me. I want all of those things, too. I
have good news for you: They are available to us!
ï¶ Slowly read the following promise from the Bible. Circle the
words that describe qualities God wants to add to your life.
â€œHis divine power has given us everything required for life and
godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His
own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and
precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine
nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil
desires. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your
faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness,
godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with
love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep
you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord
Jesus Christ. â€¦ Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm
your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never
stumbleâ€ (2 Peter 1:3-10).
WOW! Youâ€™ve started the journey this week. You havenâ€™t finished, youâ€™ve
just begun. Here are some next steps to take.
ï‚£ Review the steps and tips from the past six days. Donâ€™t get
discouraged if the task seems really big. God and the body of Christ are
present to help you. As you surrender to Christ, you will be amazed at
what He can do to transform you to be like Him.
ï‚£ Join a church and follow Jesusâ€™ example in baptism.
ï‚£ Join a small group at your church for Bible study, growth as a
follower of Christ, and for Christian fellowship.
ï‚£ Choose someone to coach you in this new walk. Start by asking
some of the questions you have written on page 18.
ï‚£ Start telling your story of what God is doing in your life.
ï‚£ Decide on a plan to spend daily time with God in His Word (Bible
reading, study, meditation, memorization, etc.) and prayer. God talks back to you through His word. Consider
using the Month One Bible Reading Plan below to start.
ï‚£ Take some serious steps toward continuing your growth as a
follower of Jesus Christ. If your church has a plan, follow their lead. If
they donâ€™t have a plan, ask a few other people to study one or all of the
following resources with you.
Bible Reading Plan
Use the following reading suggestions for the next 31 days. Read one
chapter in your Bible each day. Think about what God is saying to you and
talk to Him in prayer. Watch for ways to obey Godâ€™s Word each day. As
you read, watch for the following:
ï‚· What this reveals about God, His purposes, His ways
ï‚· What this reveals about yourself and your relationship to God
ï‚· Commands to obey; promises to claim; verses to memorize
ï‚· Sins & errors to avoid; principles for living; examples to follow
ï‚· Prayers to pray; wisdom to share; truth to confess
Check off the chapters as you read them. If you miss a day, pick up
where you left off. Draw near to the Lord your God, and He will draw near
ï¶ Read about Jesus in the book of Mark in the New Testament:
ï‚£ Mark 1
ï‚£ Mark 2
ï‚£ Mark 3
ï‚£ Mark 4
ï‚£ Mark 5
ï‚£ Mark 6
ï‚£ Mark 7
ï‚£ Mark 8
ï‚£ Mark 9
ï‚£ Mark 10
ï‚£ Mark 11
ï‚£ Mark 12
ï‚£ Mark 13
ï‚£ Mark 14
ï‚£ Mark 15
ï‚£ Mark 16
ï¶ Read the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament:
ï‚£ Exodus 20
ï¶ Read Jesusâ€™ â€œSermon on the Mountâ€ in the New Testament:
ï‚£ Matthew 5
ï‚£ Matthew 6
ï‚£ Matthew 7
ï¶ Read some of the peopleâ€™s favorite poems from the Old Testament:
ï‚£ Psalm 1
ï‚£ Psalm 23
ï‚£ Psalm 51
ï‚£ Psalm 100
ï‚£ Psalm 103
ï‚£ Psalm 139
ï¶ Read the Apostle Paulâ€™s letter to the church at Ephesus (and to
us) in the New Testament:
ï‚£ Ephesians 1
ï‚£ Ephesians 2
ï‚£ Ephesians 3
ï‚£ Ephesians 4
ï‚£ Ephesians 5
In coming months read Acts, Matthew, Luke, John, Romans and
other books of the New Testament.