Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide

Previous month:
May 2021

June 2021

Benediction: Taking God With You Wherever You Go

Benediction

LiveStream | Give | Sermons | FAQ | Spiritual Practices

Day 1: Read Numbers 6:24. Please note that the “you” is personal. You might think God is telling Moses to give the blessing to everybody, and yes it does apply to everybody. But even more when He says, “The Lord bless you.” He means you personally. Take time to thank God today He knows what you are facing and ask for His blessing in what you face in the day ahead.  

Day 2: Read Psalm 121:5-7.  We are blessed because Jesus pays a price we could never pay and gives us a relationship we could never earn. As we begin our worship services in God’s name, the benediction reminds us God goes with us to not only bless us, but to keep us, to watch over us all our days. Looking back over the past couple days, how has God been watching over you? Where do you pray for Him to watch over in the day ahead?

Day 3: Read Numbers 6:25. In our worship services we take time to confess our sins and hear God’s word of forgiveness. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper and receive the body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. As a final personal reminder for you Moses reminds us that the LORD is smiling on you, He’s gracious to you. He has not only forgiven you for the sins of the past week. He’s ready to forgive what the future holds. He will never give up on you. What sins do you need to confess from the past day and receive the forgiveness Jesus gives?

Day 4: Read Psalm 67:1-2. The psalmist having experienced God’s forgiveness recognizes the purpose of living the blessed life is to make God known to all people. No one is too far from God. Jesus died for the sins of all the world. Our Heavenly Father wants everyone back in the family. He offers a life of forgiveness and blessing and sends us forth with His smile on us and His forgiving love over us. Who will you pray for today to know God’s forgiveness and love? 

Day 5: Read Numbers 6:26. For God’s face to be turned to you and to shine upon you means to have an intimate, personal relationship with God. When the benediction says, “the Lord turn his face toward you”. That means He’s paying attention. His eyes are on you. He’s ready to help. Where do you need to ask Him for help today? Where do you need to praise Him for helping you yesterday?

Day 6: Read Psalm 29:10-11. God’s end game is peace, life working together, whole and complete. We think of peace as the absence of conflict or war. God thinks peace is a whole lot more. The Hebrew word Shalom has the idea of life working out. How have you sensed God working out your life this week? This year? Where do you pray for His hand of peace, of life working out in your life this summer?

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance" by John Trent, Gary Smalley, & Kari Trent Stageberg (Amazon Kindle)
  • "A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World" by Paul Miller (Amazon Kindle)

  • "Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids" by Kara Powell & Chap Clark (Amazon Kindle)


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.


Prayer: The God Who Hears And Answers

Image-from-rawpixel-id-20116-jpegImage by rawpixel.com

LiveStream | Give | Sermons | FAQ | Spiritual Practices

Day 1: Read 1 John 5:14. John uses the word “confidence” in approaching God in prayer? What word(s) would you use to describe your approach to God in prayer? 

Day 2: Read 1 John 5:14. We believe when we pray God listens. God acts. God responds. Think through a recent prayer request, how has God responded? What holds you back from believing God is listening? What affirms your belief God listens to your prayers?

Day 3: Read 1 John 5:14. Most people like to focus on the “if we ask anything” part, and you are allowed to ask anything. But John’s wise focus is on the second part of our asking, “according to His will”. What are some of your according to God’s will prayers you are praying?

Day 4: Read Mark 14:36. How do you know you have moved from praying “my will be done” to “Your will be done” when praying to God? 

Day 5: Read 1 John 5:15. John tells us when we pray, God answers. It might take a bit of time to see the answer, but God answers immediately. He answers: No, Slow, Grow, Go. How have you seen God answer in all 4 ways to your prayers? What has been His most recent answer to your prayer request? 

Day 6: Read Matthew 6:9. Martin Luther explained this petition by saying we know that God’s will, will be done with us or without us. We pray in this petition that God’s will is done with us. Where are you praying to join God in His will being done?

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World" by Paul Miller (Amazon Kindle)

  • "Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids" by Kara Powell & Chap Clark (Amazon Kindle)

  • "The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Selections from the New International Version)" by Randy Frazee & Max Lucado (Amazon Kindle)


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.


Offering: The Grateful Response

Annie-spratt-TBHOuN6URGU-unsplashPhoto by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

LiveStream | Give | Sermons | FAQ | Spiritual Practices

If you are not regularly tithing, then please consider joining the "90 Day" giving challenge -- starting next Sunday, June 13 through Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 by giving any amount you feel comfortable as a regular Sunday worship offering. 

After 90 days, count your new blessings -- "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it." - Malachi 3:11. If you think you need a refund, then please contact Pastor Travis.

Day 1: Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. What can you do today to 'sow generously' as a 'cheerful giver'?

Day 2: Read 2 Corinthians 9:8-9. As God blesses you, how are you blessing others?

Day 3: Read 2 Corinthians 9:10-11. How are you celebrating God's thanksgiving and sharing these thanksgivings with others?

Day 4: Read 2 Corinthians 9:12-13. Service to others is a genuine gift to give generously.  Where could you provide those with a service they desperately need? 

Day 5: Read 2 Corinthians 9:14-15. Prayer is also a genuine gift to give generously. Please continue to pray for those in need, and thank God for the grace He has abundantly poured out to for you.

Day 6: Read Mark 12:41-44. What might you be holding on to that you could give like the 'poor widow who put in everything -- all she had to live on.' Trust the Lord!

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids" by Kara Powell and Chap Clark (Amazon Kindle)

  • "The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Selections from the New International Version)" by Randy Frazee & Max Lucado (Amazon Kindle)

  • "Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God" by Mark Batterson (Amazon Kindle)


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.