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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…

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…

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…

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…

Confronting Disobedience

There is a sin or a few sins that easily entangle you. While we all can struggle with every possible sin imaginable, there are certain sins with which we regularly drift. In Session 3 of Distinctive Discipleship, we are going to narrow down a list of sins to the 1-3 areas which are critical for you to address right now. CONSIDER If you had to compile a list of the top 10 sins devastating our culture right now, what sins…

Evaluating Distinction

Generalized approaches can never adequately address distinct disciples. In order to see legitimate discipleship take place in your life and in the lives of those around you, we cannot depend upon widespread methods hoping to address the specific needs of everyone. [Note: Audio is distorted but audible through recording.] CONSIDER Answer these following questions: Who first introduced you to Jesus? How many years have you been following Jesus? Do you have a hopeful turn to come about soon in your…

How to Work as Worship

While jobs can bring stress, weariness, and drama, it can also provide Kingdom opportunities. Learn how to reinstate your work as a platform for worship and mission. Relearn Work isn’t a consequence of sin – frustration with work is (Gen. 3:17-19). God is a Creator, and He desires us to cultivate that Creation for good things. We should pray that God would establish the work of our hands through work (Ps. 90:17). Reorient Making money is a good thing. While…

How to Protect Your Home from Technology

While technology has incredible benefits, it also brings dangerous possibilities. Learn how you can protect yourself and your family from unwise technological usage. “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything (1 Cor. 6:12). Incredible Benefits Relationship Strengthener – Technology allows us to connect quickly when distance separates us. Safety Provider – Technology provides health awareness and security information to protect us…