Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide

Defining Moments

What Are You Looking At?

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Monday: Read Psalm 107:1. Take a moment right now to thank God for His earthly and heavenly provision.

Tuesday: Read Psalm 107:2-3. What is your story? Consider how your testimony would bless others, and ask God for opportunities to share it. How does telling your story help keep you looking in the right direction?

Wednesday: Read Matthew 14:29:30. Think of a time in your life when you lost your focus on Jesus. How did you recover? How did Jesus reach out and catch you?

Thursday: Read Hebrews 10:23-25. How do you use the opportunities at Christ Lutheran Church to stay connected to the Body here? List all that you can think of and see if there are some ways you can spur others on.

Friday: Read John 3:3. What does it mean to “see” the Kingdom of God? What do you see?

Saturday: Read Ephesians 2:8-10. How does the reality of this passage help you to keep your eyes on Jesus, and off of the worldly things that would distract you from Him?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels.

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

Courageous Leadership


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Day 1: Read James 4:17. Where have you felt like Popeye, “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more”? How does this verse in James guide you to respond?

Day 2: Read John 2:13-14. Courageous leaders don’t look the other way, they look at what’s needed. As you look at God’s Word and our world, what do you see that’s needed?

Day 3: Read Galatians 6:2. Feeling compassion for others and feeling outrage at injustice are both good, but only as a start. Speaking out and speaking for others are both good, but only as a first step. At some time, courageous leaders must be willing to take that most crucial step of hands on involvement — even though it may cost you your time, or your money, or your position and prestige. There is a time when it is necessary to get fully involved in doing something about the situation. Who has helped carry your burdens? Who is God calling you to help carry their burdens?

Day 4: Read John 2:15. Courageous leaders don’t sit idly by. Courageous leaders act to make a difference. Jesus in this verse taps into “righteous anger”. Why? And where can your righteous anger be turned into a positive action for God?

Day 5: Read John 2:16. Jesus is offended by what’s going on, because His Heavenly Father’s offended by what’s going on in the Temple. Courageous leaders won’t say, “It’s not my problem.” Courageous leaders become part of the solution. Where have you seen a leader become part of the solution to a problem? (This is rare, give thanks to God for such a leader.) Where is God calling you to become part of the solution? (This is needed and transforms families, communities, countries for God.)

Day 6: Read John 2:17. When people look back at your life, for what do you think you will be remembered? For what do you want to be remembered? If your two answers are different, what can you do to make the second answer happen?

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book Holy Discontent: Fueling the Fire that Ignites Personal Vision by Bill Hybels.

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Beyond The Sandlot



Day 1: Read Mark 8:31-32. God's game plan is about a different kind of success: it's a life of sharing the wealth, taking the calculated risk for the benefit of others, loving your enemies, and living a life of strategic self-denial — a life in which you say, "Hey, it's not all about me. I'm here to make a difference in this world." Why does Peter push back against what Jesus says here? Why are you tempted to push back against what God clearly says to do?  

Day 2: Read Mark 8:33. Peter's mistake here was that he was still hanging on to the world's plan for success: let's accumulate wealth and power, let's conquer our enemies, let's live the good life. And he was missing out on God's plan: We're not here to the live the good life, we're here to live a great life — to change the world, no matter the cost. In every endeavor we need to ask ourselves what do we savor? The world's model of the good life? Or God's model of a great life? When have you followed God’s plan instead of the world’s plan? What happened? Why don’t we follow God’s plan all the time?

Day 3: Read Mark 8:34. Denial has nothing at all to do with beating yourself down, but building yourself up. Such building up, Jesus has said, is the path of self-denial, putting your wants and needs on the back burner, and considering those around you.What is God calling you to deny and to build others up? What’s holding you back?

Day 4: Read Mark 8:35. The ready-for-the-Big-Leagues believer is the one who says, "Lord, it's not about me and what I want for me; it's about you and what you want to do through me, to be a blessing to others, and to bring glory to your name." This is an obstacle that every serious disciple must confront: Is my commitment to doing God's will greater than my desire to live a life of comfort?

Day 5: Read Mark 8:36. How does God influence how you use your time each day, your money, your talents and gifts? What do you need to transfer from the what matters most in the moment to what matters most in eternity?

Day 6: Read Mark 8:37. Truth is, you can give nothing, but God gave everything. Our heavenly Father put His Son’s life on the cross to have an eternal relationship with you. Take time to thank God for His great gift to you in what Jesus has done for you.

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by John Ortberg.

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

No Short Cuts


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Day 1: Read Mathew 7:13-14. When have you been burned by taking a perceived short cut? When have you found taking the longer way, the road less traveled, is the better way?

Day 2: Read Mark 1:10-11. Jesus' journey on the road less traveled launches from a place of blessing. These verses not only mark the commencement of His public ministry, but also the culmination of years of preparation. As Robert Breland says, "In order for God to use you publicly, He must first tutor you privately." Consider the three initial steps of preparation for your spiritual growth:

  1. Become a student of the Word.
  2. Commit to pray.
  3. Be faithful in the little things.

Which one do you do well? How can it be improved as a strength of preparation? Which one do you need to shore up a bit to improve?

Day 3: Read Matthew 25:23. Every time you obey - even in the smallest way - you take one more step up the ladder of preparation. Such steps don't save you, they live out the life of salvation God gives you. We are saved by grace, but there's no shortcut to being used by God; there is no shortcut to spiritual maturity; there is no shortcut to becoming a seasoned follower of Jesus Christ. Where have you found your spiritual muscles getting stronger when you have walked in obedience?

Day 4: Read Mark 1:12-13. When have you traveled in life with a "season in the desert?" What lessons did you learn in that difficult time? How do those lessons help you now in living life?

Day 5: Read Matthew 4:10. In effect, Jesus was saying, "I refuse to take a short-cut. I will do this God's way." In your life, where do you sense a need to say that no matter the cost, I'm living my life God's way?

Day 6: Read Mark 1:14. What's you "come what may" moment? Where is God calling you take no shortcuts but to be all in with Him? How has praying daily, "Holy Spirit, in the moments that define my day, lead me to follow You, come what may" influence your life this way.

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book All In: You Are One Decision Away From A Totally Different Life by Mark Batterson.

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