Posts by Travis Agnew

Posts by Travis Agnew

Transitions: The Unsure Direction

We all experience moments of transition with decisions we make or situations beyond our control. How do you determine your path when you are unsure of God’s direction? Ephesians 5:15-17 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Your Situation You are where you are based on the decisions you…

Divorce: The Deceitful Escape

While divorce may seem like a desirable path for some couples, it is never a simple escape from trouble. Before going down this path, there are many things that must be considered. How Bad Is It? How committed are you in order to make things work? How committed is your spouse to that end? What are the 1-3 things that your spouse must address to improve your marriage? What are the 1-3 things that you must address to improve your…

Consequences: The Unfortunate Reality

After making a bad decision, we are often left with the unfortunate reality of consequences. How should we go forward when we are dealing with effects from previous decisions? Why Am I Going Through This Situation? Is God trying to teach me a lesson? Is Satan trying to take me down? Are enemies trying to frustrate me? Are my consequences coming back to bite me? If God is testing me, let me be found faithful. If Satan is tempting me,…

Depression: The Bleak Perspective

Are you depressed or know someone who is? How can you help someone who struggles with a bleak perspective? Let’s draw strength from God’s Word to help in dark times of the soul. Initial Questions Can you describe how you are feeling? On a scale of 1 to 100 (1 being the most depressed and 100 being the most joyful), how would you describe yourself right now? On a typical day? What factors are contributing to how you are feeling…

Counseling Sessions

When life proves to be challenging, sometimes we require godly counsel. In this Equip course, we will look at some of the most frequent issues that lead to counseling and share some helpful perspectives. Think of these sessions as group counseling as we address some of the most rampant areas in which people struggle. Through seeking biblical wisdom, you will be able to either address your current situation or help someone else in need. We will begin on October 13th…

Malachi [Sermon Series Overview]

This Sunday, we begin our journey verse-by-verse through the Book of Malachi! Sometimes the spiritual apathy among God’s people is so tragic that He desires to close the doors to worship altogether. Offering nothing would be better than offering leftovers. Join us as we study verse-by-verse through the Book of Malachi and hear how God responds to those who tragically give Him the bare minimum. Here is the way will be broken down over the next 8 weeks: 10.13 –…

Category Examples for Distinctive Discipleship Plans

As we concluded our Distinctive Discipleship series this Sunday, it was incredible to watch people pick up their guides to begin the real work. Just a reminder, we want you to fill out one guide for yourself and one copy for accountability. Once you have your plan solidified, put that copy on your bookmark or somewhere where you will have regular access to using it. For the other copy, fill it out and put it in an envelope to bring…

Implementing Discipleship

Even though you haven’t implemented the entire Distinctive Discipleship process yet, hopefully, you are already beginning to see some growth. In this last session, you will put all the pieces together and initiate your plan. While you have experienced progress, now it is time to define your distinctive strategy which you will use for the months to come. CONSIDER While we all came to this study in a different spiritual place, and we will each leave with a different set…

Preparing Your Distinctive Discipleship Plan

This Sunday, we conclude our Distinctive Discipleship series. We have seen from God’s Word regarding the importance of designing a specific guide for Christian maturity. The Distinctive Discipleship plan is a targeted guide to mature you for a set time. This plan is good for an individual, better with a partner, but best with a mentor. Through our time together, we have looked at 6 categories from Col. 1:27-29 that help us narrow down items that need to be addressed…

Establishing Dependence

Paul described discipleship in a complex way when he wrote, “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within us” (Col. 1:29). God’s work and our efforts are both expected for our growth. In the last session, we studied the need for discipline as we toil for progress, but any successful improvement is due to God’s power rather than our abilities. God is the means for our growth even when we use methods for our…

Initiating Discipline

Paul described his work in discipleship as something for which he toiled (Col. 1:29). If that sounds like work to you, it is because spiritual disciplines require consistent, diligent effort on your part. In Session 6 of Distinctive Discipleship, you are going to select the most vital spiritual discipline to strengthen at this time in your life. You will determine which one is best for your soul’s health and get to work on it this very day. This discipline will…

Clarifying Development

In what ways do you need development? It all depends upon what you have been given and where you have been placed. As particularly gifted and positioned disciples, we each should pursue the needed maturity to do what God has called us to accomplish. CONSIDER There’s a difference in working on something because you are supposed to learn it versus you are desperate to know it. Each of us knows the stark contrast between being eager and being resistant. In…