Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide




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This week’s Grow Pray Study (G.P.S) Guide provides an opportunity for a devotional framework as we move through Holy Week, especially leading into Good Friday. Each day’s readings refer to part of Jesus' journey from the Garden of Gethsemane to being place in the tomb. Before you read, pray:

“Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”

As you read each day, Pastor Burkey encourages you to use the S.O.A.P. method of devotional reading (Scripture, Observe, Apply, Pray):

  • Each day offers a Scripture reading.
  • Then a place to Observe what you’ve read, what’s happening, what key statements are made. 
  • Follow up as you Apply what you’ve just read:
    • How is God speaking to you through what you’ve read? 
    • Where is Jesus' story this week speaking into your life story this day? 
    • You might sense a sin to confess, an action to take, a word of thanksgiving or a special need to pray for someone.
  • Take time to Pray to what you have sense God saying to you in this time in His word. In addition, I suggest 2 sentence prayers to end your time with God. Lord, thank you for … ___________ ... Lord, I ask … ___________ … Then close, “In Jesus name. Amen.” 

Day 1: Read Scripture John 18:1-14. Jesus arrested. 

Day 2: Read Scripture John 18:15-27. Jesus Tried/Peter Denies.

Day 3: Read Scripture John 18:28-40. Jesus before Pilate.

Day 4: Read Scripture John 19:1-22. Jesus was sentenced to death. 

Day 5: Read Scripture John 19:23-37. Jesus crucified. 

Day 6: Read Scripture John 19:38-42. Jesus is buried. 

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book Six Hours One Friday: Living in the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado.

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


Start Here

Start Here

Monday: Read Luke 24:6. G.K. Chesterton observed, "Jesus' resurrection is the ground and basis for all true love, hope, and joy; for if Jesus is still in the grave than all of humanity will remain in the grave too. But he is not in the grave, then this makes all the difference." What difference have you seen the resurrection of Jesus make in someone's life? Your own life?

Tuesday: Read Luke 24:7. At least three times Jesus had told His disciples what Luke records here in verse seven.  Why is it significant that Jesus knew what was coming, told His disciples, and then that is what happened?

Wednesday: Read Luke 24:8. What are some significant experiences in your life that you return to in memory and share about with others? Why have these experiences impacted you so?

Thursday: Read Luke 24:44-47. What circumstances helped you to come and see the empty tomb of Jesus with eyes of faith, or what is holding you back from knowing Jesus?

Friday: Read Luke 24:11-12. What one truth in these resurrection appearances stands out as personally significant to you? How have you seen this truth affecting your life already? How would you like it to affect what you do and think more than it does now?

Saturday: Read Luke 24:48. What are the easiest things in life for you to get excited about and want to share with others? What are some of the hardest? Why do think we so instinctively desire to share our experiences with others? Whom can you share the story of Easter with this week?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book "Jesus: The Greatest Life Of All" by Chuck Swindoll.

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

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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. 

Easter Hope: See, Bring, Meet


Monday: Read John 20:1-2. What if Jesus' body is missing instead of resurrected? What happens to the Christian faith? What happens to your faith?

Tuesday: Read Romans 8:28. Easter hope sees good news in what seems like bad news because God is present. Where have you experiences the good news of Easter hope amid bad news? Where could you use Easter hope awareness today?

Wednesday: Read John 20:3-8. Fast John beats bold Peter to the tomb. At first, John is curious, Peter theorizes and wonders, and then John sees again and gets it. When did Easter come true for your life.

Thursday: Read John 20:9. Easter brings God's promise into the present. Part of the disciples challenge that first Easter is they forgot Jesus' promises of His death and resurrection.  What Easter appearance questions do you have?

Friday: Read John 20:10-15? Mary couldn't see Jesus because of her focus - she's looking for a dead body, not a risen Savior. What hurts your focus on Easter hope? What helps you focus on Easter hope?

Saturday: Read John 20:16-18. As you have read the Easter story this week, what have you heard God speak into your life? How does it feel to have Jesus as your Brother.

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

 You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS

Obedient Faith In Times Of Trial


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Monday: Read John 12:12-13. When are you tempted to tell God what to do? What helps you to keep God in the chair to call the shots in your life?

Tuesday: Read Revelation 7:9-10. How does this glimpse of heaven inspire you for your future life in heaven? How does this glimpse of heaven inspire you for your life here on earth?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 118:25. Hosanna means us “save us now” and “grant us success”. Where are you praying for God to save in your life today?

Thursday: Read Luke 19:41. Why does Jesus weep over Jerusalem? What leads you to weep for our world today? Why? How can you turn those tears into prayers?

Friday: 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?

Saturday: Read Philippians 2:6-8. Why was Jesus willing to be thoroughly humiliated? Why did Jesus have to die? In what specific ways is this a gift to receive? An example you can apply? A life changing story you celebrate and share with others?

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

 You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS

Experience The Power Of Easter


Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s Easter message from God’s Life-building Word based on John 20:18 (NIV).

Monday: Read Acts 10:39-40 (NIV). Who are the witnesses that have lead you to experience the power of Easter? Who is God calling you to witness the power of Easter? Why are Peter’s words essential to understanding and experiencing Easter’s power?

Tuesday: Read Acts 10:43 (NIV). How does Peter’s personal experience with forgiveness impact the message he shares with Cornelius? What sins do you need to bring today before Jesus to ask forgiveness? Who might you need to forgive?

Wednesday: Read John 20:4-8 (NIV). John and Peter go to the tomb and John puts the pieces together to believe Jesus is risen. As you look at God at work in your life, what is your theory for where He might be leading you? How does that match up with God’s Word? With experiencing the power of Easter in your life today?

Thursday: Read John 20:15 (NIV). Mary Magdalene hurts and Jesus brings her hope. What hurt do you need to bring before Jesus to receive His gift of hope? Where might Jesus be leading you to help someone hurting to experience the hope Easter brings?

Friday: Read John 1:38 (NIV). Take some time to think through and pray through Jesus question, “What do you want?”  Picture Jesus asking you that question, what is your answer?

Saturday: Read John 20:18 (NIV). When you experience the power of Easter, joy leads you to share the message. Mary Magdalene goes and tells the disciples. Who is God calling you to share the Easter story with? When will you share the Good News with them? Who can you pray for to know and experience the power of Easter?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading:

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Palm Sunday: Building Castles With Jesus


As we gear up for Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter), Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Luke 19:31-32 (NIV).

Monday: Read Colossians 2:6 (NIV). You received Christ by faith, how then should you live? from these passages how would you define faith:  Acts 27:25 (NIV), Romans 4:20-21 (NIV),  and Hebrews 11:1 (NIV).

Tuesday: Read Matthew 21:22 (NIV), Romans 15:13 (NIV), Ephesians 3:12 (NIV), and Ephesians 6:16 (NIV). What does faith make possible?

Wednesday: Read John 15:7 (NIV), Romans 8:28 (NIV), and Galatians 6:7 (NIV). What promise or truth do you see in these passages, and is there a condition placed on the promise or truth? Why do you feel God places conditions on some of His promises?

Thursday: Read Psalm 33:16-17 (NIV), Proverbs 28:26 (NIV), and Jeremiah 9:23 (NIV). What are some unworthy objects in which people may place their faith? Read Mark 11:22 (NIV). Who should be the object of our faith?

Friday: Read Hebrews 11. This is an incredible chapter in the Bible on faith. Read through this entire chapter, taking note of the things accomplished by faith. Which of the things accomplished by faith do you consider to be the most significant? Why did you choose this?

Saturday: Discover how Jehoshaphat used the promises of God. Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. What was the first thing Jehoshaphat did? (2 Chronicles 20:3 & 2 Chronicles 20:6-12). How did God answer him? (2 Chronicles 20:15) What was a promise? What was his next response? (2 Chronicles 20:18) How did he encourage others? (2 Chronicles 20:20) What was the result? (2 Chronicles 20:22 & 2 Chronicles 20:27) How can you apply what you've learned here to your life?

Don't forget to invite others to our Easter Services!!

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Pray To Live The Story


From now until Easter (April 20, 2014), pray: