1. Bible Intake
3. Participate in the life of the Church
1. Bible Intake
Hearing God’s Word. Luke 11:28; Romans 10:17; 1 Timothy 4:13
Attend a church where it is faithfully preached.
Listen to sermons on sermonaudio or other websites.
Reading God’s Word – Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; Revelation 1:3
Find the time every day.
Pray before you begin – ask God to help you.
Find a Bible reading plan – possibly Let’s Worship God Bible reading notes.
Think about what you read and how it applies to you.
Ask God to help you put it into practice.
Studying God’s Word – Ezra 7:10; Acts 17:11
Write down observations and questions you have as you read.
Go along to a MET group and learn from what others have thought.
Read good Christian books.
Memorise God’s Word – Psalm 119:11; Colossians 3:2
Have a plan.
Write out the verses.
Find a way to be accountable.
Review every day.
Meditate on God’s Word – Philippians 4:8; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3
Pick a key verse, phrase, or word in your Bible reading.
Repeat it in different ways.
Rewrite it in your own words.
Apply it to your life.
Pray through the passage.
Apply God’s Word – James 1:22-25; John 13:17
Expect to find an application.
Think it over – “What lesson is God wanting me to learn today?”
Put into practice what you learn.
Prayer is talking with God. Prayer is both very simple and very difficult. It is simple because it is talking with our heavenly Father. It is difficult because our sin makes us uncomfortable near God. But prayer is too important to ignore. It is the life blood of being a Christian. A Christian who never prays is like a son who never speaks to his father.
Prayer is significant because of who God is. He is all-powerful, and so He can answer our prayers. Actually, His power is so great He actually leads us to pray for the things He has already determined to do. God is holy, and so we must always approach God asking His forgiveness and trusting in His Son who died for us. God is merciful, and so He eagerly listens to and answers our prayers even when His answer is “No! I have something else for you.”
When we pray we should be careful to include three things: praise, confession of sin, and requests.
Pick a special time each day when you can be alone to pray.
Begin by praising God, then confess your sins, and then tell God your needs. Be sure to pray for others also.
It is helpful to make lists of things you are praying about. It is okay to pray repeatedly for someone or something.
Don’t worry about how “pretty” your prayer is. God cares about your sincerity and your faith. He knows what’s on your mind even if you cannot express it.
Ask God to help you pray. He will!
Find other Christians who will pray with you perhaps once a week.
3. The Church
Attend – “Do not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing.” Hebrews 10:25 Attend both worship services and prayer meeting where possible.
Take part in worship
Sing – not all of us have tuneful voices, but it doesn’t matter.
Pray – Pray the prayers along with the minister.
Read – Follow along in the reading.
Think – Ask yourself, “How does this apply to me?”
Give – All that we have comes from the Lord (1 Chronicles 29:11-14). God commands us to give of what we have to His work (1 Corinthians 16:2). The Lord is pleased with the giving of His people (Philippians 4:18; Malachi 3:10-12).
Use your gifts – you have something to contribute to the wellbeing of other Christians (1Corinthians 12:18; Ephesians 4:7,8)
Body life – put into practice the ‘one another’ commands of the New Testament.
Love one another. (John 13:34,35; I John 3:11,23)
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. (Romans 12:10)
Have equal concern for each other. (I Corinthians 12:25)
Serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)
Carry each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
Be kind and compassionate to one another. (Ephesians 4:32)
Teach and admonish one another with all wisdom… (Colossians 3:16)
Encourage one another and build each other up. (I Thessalonians 5:11)
Pray for each other… (James 5:16)
Offer hospitality to one another. (I Peter 4:9)
Church discipline – Being part of a church is saying, “I accept the authority of the minister and elders, and will welcome their input into my life, whether to encourage growth or to prune out faults.