Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide

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.

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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. 


Intentional Acts Of Goodness

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Day 1: Read Acts 10:38. Being filled with the Holy Spirit empowers you to do things that you weren't able to do before — to show compassion that doesn't come naturally,to be courageous when once you might have been full of fear, to be bold when before you were timid, to be generous when it's in your nature to be selfish. The Holy Spirit anoints you with power to do the work of God. How have you seen the Holy Spirit atwork in someone else’s life recently? In your life? Pray for a specific person, time, oractivity when you seek His power today. Reflect at the end of the day what happened

Day 2: Read Acts 10:34. Where are you tempted towards favoritism (politics,religion, nationalities, age, gender)? Where do you need the Holy Spirit’s power to see people as God sees them? That’s a great prayer to pray – “Holy Spirit, open my eyes today to see others like you do and to respond accordingly.”

Day 3: Read Acts 10:38. When you commit to go around doing good at every opportunity, you will find yourself in some situations sometimes that only God can get you through. Satan will seek to pull you apart, the Holy Spirit will seek to pull you through. As you have sought to live with intentional acts of goodness this week,where have you experienced some spiritual pressure points? Spiritual battles? How is the Holy Spirit helping you get through each day?

Day 4: Read Acts 10:43. Being good is not something we can accomplish on our own. In fact, many times the more we try to be good, the more we mess things up.This is why Good Friday and Easter Sunday are so important. When He died, the power of sin died with Him. He paid the price for every sin, past, present, and future.He was laid in a tomb, and then on Sunday morning His cold dead body suddenly came to life, a different kind of life, a resurrected life that proved once and for all that He has the power to overcome sin and death. Today, take time to confess your sins and give them to Him. Ask for His resurrection power as you go forth and live with intentional acts of goodness to express (not earn) His love.

Day 5: Read Acts 10:38. When God wants to do intentional acts of goodness in this world that demonstrate His love to others, you’re the app for that. You’re God’s app to show His presence to the world. Where did you apply God’s love yesterday? Where might He want you to be His app to apply His love today?

Day 6: Read Acts 10:39-40. As a church committed to Developing Dynamic Disciples for Christ, we want the love we celebrate in worship together, to be the love we live out in our world each week. You’re God’s app for that! Take time to stop, look,and listen today to where you can bring His intentional acts of goodness to the world.Take time before you go to sleep tonight to see how God used you to bring Christ’s love in your works and your words to others?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book Conspiracy of Kindness: A Unique Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus by Steve Sjogren.

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


He’s Risen … No Foolin’

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Day 1: Read Mark 16:3-6. The story of the resurrection is not just good news; it's true news. Easter is not a metaphor of some vague hope. Easter means death has no power to take you from the arms of the Father. Guilt cannot separate you from God. Whatever bad news you face, if you have trusted Jesus you have a resurrection coming! Where do you need to remind yourself you have a resurrection coming?

Day 2: Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-6. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead forms the foundation of the Christian faith. Turns out Easter is more than a piece of fake news fantasy, but the real true story of God’s good news for you. Paul writes 20 years after the resurrection of Jesus with 500 plus witnesses including himself. What does it mean for you that Easter is not just a great story, but a true story that actually happened?

Day 3: Read Mark 16:7 and 1 Corinthians 15:8-10. Both Peter and Paul have their own stories of second chances. What’s your story of second chances? Where do you need God’s forgiveness, His second chance for your life today?

Day 4: Read Mark 16:7. God has paved the way. Two disciples who abandoned him and women at the tomb who show up overwhelmed and a bit clueless, Jesus does not abandon them nor you. He paves a path for you to follow – the presence of Jesus leading the way. As you look at your life in the past 24 hours, where have you seen God paving the way before you? As you look at what the next 24 hours holds, where are you asking God to pave the way? Spend time thanking Him for His presence and asking for His guidance as you face the day ahead.

Day 5: Read Isaiah 25:6-9. As a fan of a feast of rich foods, I think that’s absolutely awesome what God can do. Better than your cell phone’s GPS is the God who goes ahead of you--not just in the big changes of life, but the everyday moments that define our lives. Today take the angel’s words to heart, “He is risen. He is going ahead of you”, and then pray through specific moments you will face today (work, school, family, friends), “Jesus is risen and goes before me this day as I...”

Day 6: Read Mark 16:8. If this is the last verse of Mark’s gospel, he provides a bit of a cliffhanger. Somebody told the good news, and will you tell the good news? For Mark, your life is the next chapter in the book--even if the last chapter didn't end the way you wanted it to end--even if it seems like every day ends with a cliff-hanger, you can finish the story. Because Jesus Christ is alive, and He is with you. What story do you sense God writing in your life today? Whom is God inviting you to share the story of Jesus with today?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel.

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


Living In The Present Tense

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Day 1: Read John 12:14-15. What message does Jesus send to the crowds with His entrance? How does He fulfill their desires and their needs? How does He fulfill your desires and needs today?

Day 2: Read Zechariah 9:9. Besides Jesus’ “entrance animal” for Palm Sunday, what do you learn about Jesus’ purpose for coming then and now? Why do you think Jesus comes into Jerusalem that Sunday knowing exactly what they will do to Him on Friday?

Day 3: Read John 12:13. Jesus received the praise of the crowds in the moment, knowing that crowds are fickle, and He remains faithful. Where are you finding it challenging to remain faithful to God? How might Jesus’ example, and even more His presence, bring you peace in a tough challenge you are facing to remain faithful?

Day 4: Read Philippians 2:8. On Palm Sunday, the people came to praise for a moment, Jesus came to pay for our sins for eternity. Even though the crowd proves to be fickle during Holy Week, Jesus proves to be faithful. What do you learn about Jesus’ love for us in this verse? Since Paul says we are to have the same attitude as Jesus does (see verse 5), how does Philippians 2:8 apply to how you are living in the present tense?

Day 5: Read John 12:16. On that first Palm Sunday, the disciples knew it was an exciting moment, but didn't understand all the implications. Although we may not fully understand the significance of everything that happens in our lives — we can learn to be observant. We can learn to pay attention to each and every moment, each and every day of our lives. Looking back at the last 24 hours, what lesson has God been teaching you? Looking back over the past year, what lessons are you learning?

Day 6: Read Philippians 2:5. Paul goes on to write some of the most powerful words about the meaning of Jesus’ death, and yet notice how he prefaces those words with a call for us to live in the present tense: to live with the same attitude of Jesus. Where do you especially need to approach the day ahead with an attitude of Jesus?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola.

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

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