Discipleship Guide - Spending Time with God pt. I
What we believe: God wants to spend time with you! One of God’s deepest desires is for you to know Him in a personal way. He wants to make Himself real to you! He wants to have fellowship with you. We can pray at any time and any place and God will hear. God is everywhere and wants to be involved in every part of your life. Yet to really have a relationship with a person, you need to have consistent contact with that person. In the same way, if you want to have a close relationship with God, you need to set daily time just for God. This “set apart” time for seeking God is our devotional life. At Acts, we frequently call it our “quiet time”. We believe that developing a devotional life is the most important and essential discipline that we can develop in our lives.
Developing and Practicing a devotional life includes 3 key components.
1) Worship- Praise and Worship the Lord.
2) Word- Study and meditate on the Word of God.
3) Walk- Walking with God in relationship through prayer.
Scriptures to read and discuss
Read Psalms 91:1. What does this verse mean to you?
Read Matthew 6:5-6. According to these verses, what are the “keys” to having a quiet time?
Read Psalms 27:4-8. What are this persons thoughts toward prayer?
Your quiet time does not have to look exactly like someone else. What are some different things we can do during our quiet time?
Read the following verses and write down what they mean to you concerning prayer and “quiet time”.
· Psalms 135:3
· Psalms 119:97-112
· Psalms 119:145-148
· 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
· 1 John 1:9
· 1 Timothy 2:1-2
· Philippians 4:6-7
Share your thoughts on your devotional life. Are you currently having a “quiet time”? Do you feel like you are “connecting” with God?
God hears us when we pray! Prayer is simply talking, communicating and having relationship with God. We can communicate with God as simply as we do with anyone else. When we pray we should be honest and sincere. We don’t have to pray perfectly. Jesus taught His disciples how to pray and He will teach you too.
God wants to speak to you through His Word---the Bible.
God speaks to us by His Holy Spirit in many ways. Yet every truth about God is subject to the authority and truth in His Word. It was written over 1500 years by over 40 authors in 3 languages. It records over 1000 references to fulfilled prophecies. Most of the authors were eyewitnesses to what they wrote. The Bible is regarded as the most reliable text of any literature ever written and it has been translated into more languages than any other book. And now, for over 2000 years countless lives have been changed by its message. The Bible is the living Word of God. He said perfectly what He wanted to say thru imperfect people and He speaks to us thru His Word today!
Match the following verses with the correct truth.
_____1. Psalm 119:89-91 a. The Bible leads us to a relationship with Jesus.
_____2. Psalm 119:160 ; Heb. 4:12-13 b. God’s Word is eternal and relevant today.
_____3. 2 Tim 3:15-17; Psalm 19:1-7 c. God’s Word is true-our moral standard of truth.
_____4. John 5:39-40; Luke 24:27,44-45 d. All scripture is from God and is powerful for us.
What do you believe about the Bible?
When we reading the Bible it helps to ask 3 key questions. Read Luke 10:38-42 and ask these 3 questions.
· What does this passage say to the original hearers of it?
· What is God saying to me?
· What should I DO to obey God’s Word?
Do you have a testimony of how God has spoken to you thru the Bible before?
How to start having a Devotional Life.
1. Pick up a Devotional Training Booklet from church.
2. Find a time where you can consistently meet with God. Choose a place where you can meet with God without being disturbed. Collect items you may need for you time with God: a Bible, journal, pen, worship music.
3. Start off by worshipping God. The Bible says to “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise”. Sing songs of praise to God. Thank Him for the good things He has done in your life. Use a IPOD or CD player if it helps.
4. Read your Bible. Many of us at Acts read the One Year Bible Reading Plan.
Wait on God. It is important to take time to be quiet and listen to what God wants to tell you. He speaks in many ways and the Holy Spirit will speak the heart of the Father to your heart. Write down in your journal whatever you hear the Lord saying to you.