Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide

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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.