Engaging the Bible and Prayer in 4 Environments
Each of these four environments plays an important part in helping you grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Grow spiritually not just for yourself, but also for the sake of others. Share what you learn and experience with the people around you.
You will be a part of their growth, and you will grow all the more.
All relationships need one-on-one time for greater health. Time with God on a regular basis in your personal life accomplishes a critical aspect in growing your relationship with God. Studying Scripture individually with only the Holy Spirit as your teacher can help you learn to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. This is crucial to move your relationship with god from your head to your heart. Psalm 1:2 says this about the blessed man: "His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." (ESV)
Whether there is one person in your home or many, there is value in putting what you learn into practice at home. Applying God's word to daily life and practicing faith together with family can go a long way in bringing about true transformation. Deuteronomy 6:7 says, "...you shall talk of [God's commandments] when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." (ESV)
In community, group interaction and hearing the perspectives of others help fill in and round out our understanding of Scripture. When we participate in a small group and we pursue community built with Jesus as the uniting factor, we learn from each other and grow together. Acts 2:42 reminds us, "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." (ESV)
The weekend worship experience is a time to praise the Lord and celebrate what God has done in our personal lives, our home lives, and our community lives. When we gather with hearts ready to worship and spirits open to God's leading, his transforming Word and loving presence truly liberates us. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!" (NIV)