Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide

Make A Memory (Father's Day 2018)

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Day 1: Read Deuteronomy 6:4-5. What example of following God did you experience growing up? What example of following God are you passing on to family and friends?

Day 2: Read Deuteronomy 6:6. What Bible verses are anchored in your heart? How did they get anchored there? Is there a Bible verse you need to add today to anchor your heart for the challenges you face and the memories you make?

Day 3: Read Deuteronomy 6:7. Moses reminds us that God’s Word is active in all of life, and that all of life is a teaching moment. Where have you learned some unexpected lessons about God and life in the past week?

Day 4: Read Deuteronomy 6:8-9. The movie War Room features a room with visual reminders to guide prayer. What are some visual reminders in your home, office, or car that remind you of who God is, what God has done, and what God desires to do in your life? Where might you need to add a visual reminder?

Day 5: Read Deuteronomy 6:1-3. Faith development in life is not automatic, it is acquired. What intentional plan are you using to grow in your faith? (Bible reading, GPS?) What intentional plan are you pursuing to develop the faith of the next generation?

Day 6: Read Deuteronomy 6:0-12. What seeds of faith are taking root in your life so that you do not forget all that God has done for you? As you look back over the last week, month, year, decade, how has God been at work in you that you do not want to forget and that you want others to remember?


You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book: The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent.

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS. 


 


Overflow - The Christian Brand

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Day 1: Read 2 Corinthians 4:13. Think of five beliefs you have that help clarify your faith in Jesus. How do such beliefs give you assurance in turbulent times?

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Day 2: Read 2 Corinthians 4:13-14. One reason we're sometimes reluctant to witness is that we don't feel completely confident in our knowledge of the basics of our beliefs. Look at your life with God and what it was or what it might have been without Him. Share your story of the difference Jesus has made in your life and can make in someone else’s life too. If you don’t have anyone to share your story with, pray for God to provide the opportunity to tell someone about Jesus!

Day 3: Read 2 Corinthians 4:15. When have you witnessed something done that has led you to thank God and tell others about the overflow of His goodness? When have you done something that has led others to thank God and tell of His name?

Day 4: Read Psalm 130:7-8. Full Redemption – Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that paid for your life, for my life, for all lives, is the greatest act of suffering that leads us to give God glory. And yet, the end of the story is not the cross, but the empty tomb. What does the cross of Jesus mean to you? Why is it important to remember the empty tomb as well?

Day 5: Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-17. Everything we deal with day in and day out tempts us to focus on the temporary: money problems, health problems, relationship problems, and so on. But if we can look beyond these things, and focus instead on the presence of God, we can experience the renovating work of His Spirit. What causes you to lose heart? What helps keep your heart grounded in God during tough times? How can you share such solid hope with others?

Day 6: Read 2 Corinthians 4:18-5:1. Never underestimate the power of sharing Jesus’ love in your works and words with others. How has Jesus’ love been shared with you by somebody’s works or words? Whom might Jesus be calling you to share His with love through your works and words?


You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book: UnChristian - What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity … and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons.

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS. 


 


Treasure In Jars Of Clay

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Day 1: Read 2 Corinthians 4:7. God is the source of our treasure. We think life consists of accumulating the stuff; we think the answer to fulfillment is somewhere out there. But it's already in your possession. When does stuff get in the way of following your Savior? Where do you find yourself more driven by greed than grace?

Day 2: Read 2 Corinthians 4:5-6. The light is not the outside jar of clay, but the glory of Jesus shining through. Think of a challenge or problem you faced (or are facing in life). How is Jesus’ light shining through? Where, in the problem, have you found the power of His presence?

Day 3: Read 2 Corinthians 4:7. Jars of clay would be the least valuable in an ancient Greek or Jewish household. They are considered fragile and easily broken. They are common and ordinary, but with the treasure of Christ at work, you become extraordinary. How have you seen God make the ordinary be extraordinary in someone’s life? In your own life?

Day 4: Read 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. Linda Poindexter puts it, “One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” Paul has his contrasting phrases of life’s problems and God’s possibilities. Which one sticks out for you? How might you describe life’s problems and God’s possibilities at work in your life?

Day 5: Read 2 Corinthians 4:7. We have been given treasure in jars of clay. Why? The world focuses on the jars of clay. How might you focus (like Paul does) more on the treasure inside the jar, inside of you?

Day 6: Read 2 Corinthians 4:10-12. No matter your past, or you present, God desires to give you an incredible future. Jesus came and died for our sins that we might have the treasure of life He brings. How has Jesus’ story of death and resurrection been shared with you recently? What story of God at work in your life can you share with others?


You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book: Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure by Christine Caine.  You can also listen to a recent Relevant Podcast with Christine Caine.

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS. 


 


Who God Is, Drives Everything.

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Day 1: Read Genesis 1:1. In Genesis 1, we learn life is not an accident, but God created it from a divine plan. As you read the opening chapters of the Bible, you find thought and order in creation. You find love and community. You find purpose and destiny. Why did God create people? Why did God create you?

Day 2: Read Romans 8:14. God creates, not just to make a world, or a universe, but to build a family. Why is it important to see our relationship with God as being like a family? Why not a farm or a business or a sports team? What makes a relationship with God as being one of His children special to you?

Day 3: Read Genesis 3:9-11. God created a perfect world, and then Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and then discovered the pain sin brings. What pain does sin bring to your life? What pain does sin bring to God? Why do we need God’s help to get out of this sinful mess?

Day 4: Read Romans 8:15. God selects you to be a part of His family.  “I know your problems, your sins, but I choose you to be part of My family. You are special to me.” What is your greatest joy in being a child of God? For whom are you praying to be part of God’s family? Pray for them today!

Day 5: Read Romans 8:16. God sends the Holy Spirit so that you can grow as His child. Where have you seen yourself growing as a child of God since the start of 2018? Where do you sense God desiring for you to grow in the next month?

Day 6: Read Romans 8:17. Your inheritance as an heir in God’s family is not only what you get in heaven one day, but you can live out that inheritance in the world right now…God is with you. Where do you need to remind yourself of God’s presence, power, and peace at work in your life?


You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book: Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves.

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS. 


 


Great Churches Serve With Christ’s Works & Words

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Day 1: Read Acts 2:17-18. Notice who makes up “all people”. What do the contrasts tell you about who makes up “great churches”? Luther believed all of us in our work, our vocation, were called to glorify God and serve our neighbors. Baker, shoemaker, prince or peasant, God calls all of us to glorify God and serve others. That’s why all people are needed. As you look at your day ahead, how might God use you in your work and leisure today?

Day 2: Read Acts 2:21. Whom are you praying for that doesn’t know Jesus? Write down specific names of those you know who need to know Jesus.If you don’t have any names, pray for a specific country (in addition to America) to come to know Jesus.

Day 3: Read Acts 2:6-7. If you think this verse is a put-down comment about the disciples, it is. Their understanding of people keeps their eye on people’s background more than the power of the Holy Spirit coming down and stretching these ordinary disciples and filling them with extraordinary power. Where have you seen God stretch your capacity to see what people can do? Where do you underestimate His hand at work in someone’s life? Where might you be underestimating the super- powerful work of the Holy Spirit in your life?

Day 4: Read Acts 2:4. With the spiritual gifts the Holy Spirit gives, the power doesn’t come from you, but from the Holy Spirit within you. Have you discovered your spiritual gifts? How are you putting them to use this week?

Day 5: Read Acts 2:1. The early church accomplished great things because they did things together. That’s true for us as well. Where have you seen God work through a “team effort” to make a difference in our church? Where might God be calling you to join a team in active service inside or outside of our church?

Day 6: Read Acts 2:42. Andrew Carnegie observed: "It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone.” Together we can do great things when we work together as a team empowered by the Holy Spirit. What are some of the spiritual habits you noticed that the early church followed in this verse? How do they line up with your spiritual habits in following Jesus on your own and with others?


You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book Servolution: Starting a Church Revolution through Serving by Dino Rizzo.

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS. 


 


Fulfill Your Destiny

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Day 1: Read Acts 1:8. What does the Holy Spirit's power look like? We may think in terms of laying on of hands and performing miracles, but His power in your life is often so much subtler than that. It's a gentle nudge to give a person a hand, or to speak a word of encouragement. It's a quiet whisper that gives you the right words to say in a given moment. How have you seen such power of the Holy Spirit at work in the last 24 hours in your life and in others’ lives?

Day 2: Read John 17:6-7. The truth we learn about Jesus and the power we receive to serve like Jesus comes from the Holy Spirit. What “truths” about Jesus have you learned in the past week from your study of God’s Word, worship services, Life Group or Bible classes? How has the Holy Spirit empowered you to serve others in the past 24 hours?

Day 3: Read Acts 1:8. How did you come to faith in Jesus? What have been some significant faith growing events in your life? With whom are you sharing the story? (Your answers to the first two questions.)

Day 4: Read John 17:8 and John 17:17. When have you sensed the Holy Spirit prompting you to say something about your faith story? What happened when you followed or failed to follow that prompting? Whom are you praying for to hear God’s story and join God’s family? Pray for them today! Pray to share your God story today!

Day 5: Read Acts 1:8. The hardest part of serving is starting where you are. Where do you sense the Holy Spirit is calling you to serve? What is one step you can take to make that service happen?

Day 6: Read John 17:18. As you look at the day ahead, think through how Jesus might be sending you into your work, your school, your leisure, your shopping, your driving? Pray for the Holy Spirit to keep you aware of His sending you forth this day.


You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book Improve Your Serve: The Art of Unselfish Living by Charles R. Swindoll.

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS. 


 


Pursue God’s Heart

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Day 1 – Read Deuteronomy 6:4-7. How are we to love God? How do we show it?

Day 2 – Read 2 Chronicles 1:11-12. What is “your heart’s desire”? Did God give Solomon his heart’s desire? What else did He give him? How does that make you think about your heart’s desire?

Day 3 – Read Matthew 6:21. What is your treasure? Where is it? How does it feel to know that your heart is there too?

Day 4 – Read Galatians 4:6. What very special role does your heart play in your relationship with Jesus? How does God the Father feel about this?

Day 5 – Read Hebrews 4:12. What kind of attitudes reside in a heart for God?

Day 6 – Read 1 Peter 3:15. How is a heart for God prepared to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure by Ken Blanchard & S. Truett Cathy.

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS. 


Generosity Is Love In Action

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Day 1: Read 1 John 4:10. You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. That’s why God is so generous. God so loved the world that He gave…His Son, your next breath, your next heartbeat. Take time today to give God thanks for at least 10 reasons.

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Day 2: Read Matthew 6:24. Why does Jesus use the word cannot when it comes to serving God and money? When does your pursuit of stuff get in the way of pursuing Jesus your Savior? What do you have to watch out for in replacing God as the top priority in your life?

Day 3: Read 1 John 4:11. How have you experienced God’s love this week through the love one another of another person? How has someone else experienced God’s love this week through your love one another of him or her?

Day 4: Read Matthew 6:19-21. You store up treasure in heaven by giving it away here, you invest in God’s kingdom work of connecting people to Jesus. As you look over your heavenly treasure portfolio, where are you investing your time, treasure, and talents in kingdom growth?

Day 5: Read 1 John 4:12. Winston Churchill observed, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” How is loving one another an essential part of making your life and love complete?

Day 6: Read Acts 20:35. How have you experienced the truth of Jesus’ words this week, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure by Ken Blanchard & S. Truett Cathy.

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS. 


Walk The Real Road To Greatness

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Day 1: Read Acts 9:1-2. Saul/Paul thought he was following God’s plan when he went to Damascus but discovers to his horror he is opposing the God He loves. When have you found yourself pursuing what you thought was God’s will, and discovered you were doing the opposite? What did you do? Where do you need to repent and get back on the real road to greatness with God?

Day 2: Read Acts 9:11-14. When Ananias receives a vision of God’s will, he just thinks God is missing some of the facts. When have you known God’s will, but held back from doing what God wanted you to do? What happened in the long run? Where have you gotten off course with God and needed His redirection on the real road to greatness?

Day 3: Read Acts 9:15. When you sense God’s will for your life, what’s your favorite part? How have you experienced God speaking and guiding your life in your work? Relationships? Family? Faith growth? Times of service to make your mark?

Day 4: Read Acts 9:16. When you sense God’s will for your life, what’s your least favorite part? What do you do when you don’t like what He says for you to do in your work? Relationships? Family? Faith growth? Times of service to make your mark?

Day 5: Read Acts 9:17-18. What’s the same about Paul’s faith story and your faith story? What’s different? Why is it vital to remember the road to greatness requires the same steps for everyone?

Day 6: Read Acts 9:19-20. How are you doing sharing your faith story with others? What holds you back from sharing what God is doing in your life? How might the Holy Spirit give you greater boldness to share what God is doing in your life with your family? Friends? People at Christ Lutheran Church? People in our community?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit by Charles R. Swindoll.

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS. 


Build From Common Ground

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Day 1: Read Acts 4:32. How are we the same as the church in Acts? How are we different today? How is your faith the same as 5, 10, 20 or more years ago? How is your faith in Jesus different today?

Day 2: Read 1 John 3:4-5. Think of one relationship that’s a bit strained in your life. How might applying the 101% principle work – find the 1% you agree on and pour 100% in that 1% to rebuild the relationship? Take time today to pray for healing that relationship and ask God to help you identify how He might work to make this relationship grow again?

Day 3: Read Acts 4:33. Christians have this common ground: I was a sinner. Jesus died for my sins. He rose again. He’s with me in living life each day, and one day, by faith in Him, I will be with Him forever in heaven. Why is it a good thing that all Christians have grace as our source of common ground?

Day 4: Read Luke 24:45-48. You build on the common ground of God’s Word as you spend time in that Word – in coming to worship, in being in Bible class, in reading God’s Word on a regular basis, in using the weekly Grow. Pray. Study. (GPS) Guide. Besides using the GPS, what are some key habits you have discovered for building from the common ground of God’s Word every day? What’s one area in your faith development you would like to grow in the month ahead?

Day 5: Read Acts 4:34-35. How have you seen the painful observation of this statement at work -- “Nothing brings two people together faster than the hatred of a third person”? Why is focusing on what we’re for a more effective approach for building from common ground?

Day 6: Read 1 John 3:1. In each of our lives, there are “islands of opportunity”. On some of the islands, we are called to serve and help others. On some of the islands, we are called to receive service and have others discover the joy of serving. Every day, your islands of opportunity flow out of this fundamental truth from today’s reading from 1 John. In the past week, where have you seen “islands of opportunity” to be served by others? To serve others? How did/does being a child of God impact such opportunities in your life?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book Who Broke My Church? 7 Strategies for Renewal and Revival by Kent Hunter

Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.