Workshop Session 1

Notes on the class Spiritual Formation Workshop:  Knowing & Showing Christ
 
Knowing Christ

Christ Desires Us to Know Him (Mark 12:30)

“Either our bible studies lack true converts or our converts lack true bible study.”
Jen Wilkin, Author and Women’s Bible Studies Leader. We believers need the gospel as much as unbelievers do! 
 
Richard Foster’s 12 Spiritual Disciplines:
inward
meditation
prayer
fasting
study
outward
simplicity
solitude
submission
service
telling (listening)
corporate
confession
worship
guidance
celebration
Luke Morgan just finished a Spiritual Formation class using Richard Foster’s book on the 12 disciplines that provide a path to spiritual growth. If you look closely at the above list, however, you might find one discipline missing. That would be the 13th discipline of “telling (listening),” or that scary word people don’t like to hear: evangelism.
 
So, the focus for the next 6 workshop sessions will be about telling (listening) to others, sharing our faith, and sharing the gospel. In order to go forward though, we are going to back up to one spiritual discipline today and talk about bible study. Many in Luke’s class picked bible study as an area lacking discipline. We also know from the recent Reveal Survey that one of the top desires in our church is to gain biblical understanding.
 
Here’s an eye-opening observation by Dr. Berda, a N.T. seminary professor. He says, “Christians used to be known as ‘people of one book.’ They memorized it, meditated on it, talked about it and taught it to others. We don’t do that anymore, and in a very real sense we’re starving ourselves to death.”
 
Dr. Berda goes on further to say that the lack of transformed lives could be because of how we view the Bible. “Many Americans don’t consider the Bible to be authoritative, that is, they don’t consider the Bible to place a claim on their lives. They may consider the Bible to be important in a general sort of way, but this is a far cry from believing that God has communicated His will through this book and therefore it is binding upon your actions.”
 
Another answer on why biblical ignorance dogs the modern church today, lies in their view and definition of a disciple. A disciple is, literally, a learner – one who follows another’s teaching.  But the modern church sees a disciple as a “doer” instead of a “learner.” We have all been asked to do service projects, join small groups, find an accountability partner, get counseling, fix our marriages, sing on the worship team, get out of debt, help in the nursery, hand out bulletins, go on mission trips, give to the debt reduction fund, and now…we have to share the gospel at Starbucks!
 
Rarely are we challenged to pursue the most fundamental element of serving and telling others – the challenge to earnestly study God’s Word.
 
So today, we’ll find out that we are most motivated to act by love for God is when His character and promises are revealed to us in His Word. So, how can we do this without adding one more thing to our list? Let’s learn a simple method to study your bible anywhere, anytime. We’ll find that God’s Words will begin to transform our hearts and minds and our trust in Him will grow. We’ll soon find that the word evangelism is not so scary!
 

5R’s – DIGGING DEEPER DEVOTIONALS – EXPLANATION

INTRO:
 
Why does Christ desire your devotion?
  • quiet fellowship time with God
  • connect with God
  • get to know God
  • worship God
  • free to respond to God
  • time to grow in your relationship with God
  • deepens understanding of God so you are challenged, not just comforted
  • few materials, low cost, can do anywhere at anytime
  • improves communication and shepherding skills to share the gospel, provide biblical guidance, and pray more effectively for/with others
1. REMEMBER:
 
How can you prepare and when should you pray?
  • set aside specific time, daily if possible
  • be alone quiet place (Matthew 6:6)
  • physically alert
  • mentally ready to focus: calm down, relax, recognize His presence (Psalm 46:10)
  • right tools (Bible, journal, pencil, laptop)
  • pray at each step of the way
2. READ:
 
Read twice through. What is key?
3. REFLECT:
 
What is being taught? How is God revealing Himself to you? Write simply as if you were going to explain to a child.
  • main truth
  • main doctrine
  • main lesson
  • godly principle
Using a complete sentence helps lock it into your heart and mind and share it with others.
 
Use Christ as the main subject with verbs such as desire, wants, expects, shows, demonstrates, etc.
4. RESPOND:
 
God wants you to respond to what He has taught you.
  • How are you going to apply this to your life?
  • How can you show His love and message with others?
5. REST:
 
Are you comfortable with God?
  • Rest in His comfort, assurance, and personal challenge.
  • Just “Be still and know that I am.” (Psalm 46:10)