Connect Class - Week 3 | Practices
DISPLAY AND DECLARE THE GOSPEL IN ALL OF LIFE
If we truly believe who we are in Jesus, then our actions will follow suit.
DISPLAY THE GOSPEL
Since we are citizens of a new kingdom unlike any of this age, as we grow in our belief of this truth, the way we live will change.
Every area of our life will be affected as we surrender all of life to King Jesus.
It is not about adding a bunch of stuff to what we are already doing. It is doing what God has already called us to with gospel intentionality.
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
I Peter 2:15-16
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
I Peter 4:8-11
We can't do this alone. We need each other to display to the world what the gospel looks like.
DECLARE THE GOSPEL
As we begin to live out the gospel in the world around us, we must give Jesus credit for how we live.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
I Peter 2:9-12
If we seek to glorify God in everything we do, then it will always point back to the gospel of Jesus.
We need each other to help teach us the gospel in all of life. We can't do this alone.
LISTEN UP & LISTEN OUT
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Eat together, celebrate together, recreate together, bless together, listen together, etc.
SATURATED IN THE WORD AND PRAYER
All of our work must be done powered by the Spirit through the Word and prayer. We cannot charge ahead without being grounded in the Truth.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Scripture is what grounds us as we go on mission to each other and the world around us, but we don’t engage with Scripture alone. We do it in community.
If we are not constantly reminded of the greater story of God, with Jesus as the hero, we will constantly make ourselves or others the hero of our stories.
One of the primary ways we meditate on Scripture together in community is through Summit Daily. Summit Daily is a daily worship guide that comes through the form of a text message. The guide contains Scripture readings from the Old and New Testament, a prayer directive, and a link to songs that we will be singing corporately at the upcoming Sunday gathering. The great thing about this is that it also works as a reminder. Simply leave the text unopened until you have time to sit and read.
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A | ADORATION
C | CONFESSION
T | THANKSGIVING
S | SUPPLICATION
The best way to start is to pray through Scripture, specifically the Psalms.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer me!
Again, we desire to do this in community. We learn from each other and know God on a deeper level.
Discuss the following questions.