Children of the Day Week 7

You are doing so well!  Keep up the good work!

This week in our homework, we discussed our Ministry and how we ALL HAVE ONE.  

One of our key verses this week:

2 Thessalonians 1:11 ESV
 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,

"What am I called to do?", you may ask yourself.  

2 Corinthians 3:4-6 NIV
Such confidence we have through Christ before God.  Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2 Timothy 4:5 HCSB

 But as for you, be serious about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Not an evangelist, you say??? Yes you are.  

If you are in Christ, your goal in life is to be a witness to His Gospel work in your life.  Being an evangelist simply means sharing the good news.  AND if you have received Christ's salvation work in your life, then you have GOOD NEWS to share.  

We are misled to believe that an Evangelist is a Job or a Position to be held by those who have studied and travel and speak to large crowds.  Everyone of us is called to tell others about Jesus, and that means everyone of us is an EVANGELIST in our own spheres of influence.  

How this looks specifically in each of our lives will vary depending on our spiritual gifts and  personalities. But the fact remains that we are called to be His witness wherever we find ourselves.  

Not just at church on Sunday morning, but in the everyday ordinary... like while driving in heavy traffic and you feel like someone cut you off and you want to "flip" them off... Like when you are in a hurry at the check out line and the person in front of you is in no hurry at all and the cashier is brand new that day...or when you are having a hard time LIKING your loved one...

The list goes on, but you get the point!

One of the questions that was posed in our lessons this week was found on page 145:  

Who would you be if you loved jesus with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength?  What are you bursting to do when your heart is flooded with divine affection?

In John 15:8 Jesus sain," My Father is glorified by this:  that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples."  

God has given each of gifts, talents, spiritual gifts, and a specific personality to accomplish His Divine Purpose for our lives but the goal that each of us share is to:

1) Bring Glory to God's Name
2) Build others up.

To put it another way:  
Love God. Love People.

How do we fulfill our calling and do the work we are called to do?? 

The only way to walk worthy of our calling and to fulfill the ministry that we are called to accomplish is to do what Ezekiel was told to do in 
Ezekiel 3: 1-4..


You and I will not be prepared to fulfill our calling unless we know the Word of God by consuming it for ourselves on a daily basis.  

Deuteronomy 32:47 NIV
 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. 

Your turn to Review:

Principle Questions:
DAY 1:What exhortation is recorded in Colossians 4:17? ( p 142)
DAY 2: Compare 1 Thess 3:12 to 2 Thess 1:3.  What answered prayer do you see reflected?
DAY 3: what did God tell the prophet Ezekiel to do before he spoke to Israel? (p 150)
DAY 4: How did Paul describe the symbiosis in Colossians 1:29? (p 157)
DAY 5: Who is in charge of providing what we need to do God's will? (p 158)

Personal Questions:
DAY 1: Have you found other people's contributions encouraging or discouraging lately?  
             Explain. ( p 144)
DAY 2:  How has God used others to encourage, train, or direct you?
DAY 3: Would you like to share your letter with your small group? (pa 155)
DAY 4: In what task could you use some equipping from the Scriptures? ( p 159)
DAY5: From your experience  how are preparing and repairing distinct? (p 159)

Children of the Day Week 6

You are doing so well!  Thank you for continuing to journey with me in Children of the Day.  If you miss this week's video, you will want to go to Life Way to purchase the video and download it to your computer to watch.  This week will be on the subject of prophesy.

As we review the week's homework, I am reminded of one of my favorite authors, Lisa Bevere, and her book Lioness Arising.

Here is a quote along with some scripture that she uses in the book to remind us, ladies, that we are created by God to serve our His purpose in our lifetimes.

“God is not looking for people who act like Christians. 
He wants us to be Christians! 
The word Christian means “anointed or Christlike one.” 
Jesus did not go around “being good”; 
he went around “doing good”
 and releasing all who were oppressed. 
What has he anointed you to do?”

“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.  
The night is about over, dawn is about to break.  Be up and awake to what God is doing!  God is putting the
finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed.
We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight.  
Get out of bed and get dressed!  Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute.
 Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!”
-Romans 13:11-14
The Message

Now for our review:
DAY 1:  Exactly what will come “like a thief in the night”  

DAY 2:  What two pieces of attire do children of the light “put 
              on” (1 Thess. 5:8) (p 122)
DAY 3:  What words or concepts pop into your mind when 
              you hear “wrath”? (p 123)
DAY 4:  To whom are the responsibilities listed in 
             1 Thess 5:14-15 assigned? (p 132)
DAY 5:  How should we pray?  What do you think “pray  
             constantly” means? (p 136)

DAY 1:  What part of your experience fights to distort your 
             biblical beliefs? (p 115)
DAY2:  WHAT one event in your life shook you to your most 
             awakened state?( p 121)
DAY3:  How does God’s Wrath differ from ours? (p 126)
DAY 4:  What is an admonition you accepted and a reason 
             you’re glad you did (p 131)
DAY 5:  Which of the exhortations in 5:16-22 do you think you 
             need most to apply in your present circumstances?  
             Why? (p 135)

The Word. Worship. Prayer.
These are my Roots.

From Day Four, I found this statement interesting and challenging.  Maybe you do too..

 “The early
New Testament believers didn’t think of church as somewhere they went:  
they saw it as something they were.  Church wasn’t about attending.  It was about attaching."
-Children of the Day, Beth Moore page 130

The Word. Worship. Prayer.
These are my Roots.

Children of the Day Week 5

Beloved Bible Study teacher, Kay Arthur, would say to you just now...

"Hangeth Thou In There!"  

If you have made it this far in our study together, then let me say how proud I am of you!  You are doing an amazing job of seeking to be a woman of grace and beauty who finds her strength in the Word of the Lord.  Hang in there and don't give up!!

In day 1 of this week's lessons we looked up John 10:10 and was asked the question "What kind of life did Christ say He'd come to give?"  The answer being abundant life.  

Abundant= 1. existing or available in large quantities; plentiful

2. having plenty of something

plentiful, copious, ample, profuse, rich, lavish, abounding
liberal, generous, bountiful, large, huge, great
bumper, overflowing, prolific, teeming;

Zero in on that definition and the synonyms.  How does this definition bring more light to the topic of "abundant life" that Jesus said he wants for us?? 

Keep that though in mind for just a moment.  

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 ESV

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

Paul was writing the Thessalonians to keep doing what God himself had taught them to do! They were doing well in the area of love.  In case they misunderstood the reason of Love's importance he went on to explain that those outside the faith of Christ are watching...and are looking for something that is real.  

Love Grows.  Love Flows.  

And so, as we continue our journey, I want to encourage you in the area of LOVE.  Knowing that Christ loved us first, let us press on to love Him more and more.  

If you cannot make it to a group session for this week's video session, please go over to Life Way and download the video for session four.  This is an important video session. One that is, I believe, imperative for us as women to consider as we think about these two points:

1) How much LIFE did Christ say he wanted us to have? 
    (see top of post)
2) Is my Love for Him growing more and more? or less and 

This week's video session will focus in on 
1 Thessalonians 4: 1-7 and addresses the issue of sexual immortality.  

Beth offers a 28 Day Prayer Challenge that might not be a bad opportunity for each of us to participate in since our culture is demanding more and more sexual immorality as a norm of life.  

"If you were God, where would you draw the line? Where would you set the limitations?"  

Back to my earlier question:  
How much LIFE did Jesus say He wants for us?

In the coming weeks, we will be looking at end-times and what the scripture teaches, but this week, we are going to prepare our minds, hearts and lives by addressing this very important topic of purity as a Christ Follower.

Principal Questions:
DAY 1: What kind of life did Christ say He'd come to give in John 10:10?
DAY 2:  Exactly why did the Thessalonians have no need for anyone to write to them about 
             brotherly love?
DAY 3:  What two reasons did Paul give for the directives he issued in verse 11?
DAY 4:  What group of people has the first access at the coming of the Lord?
DAY 5:  What similarities and differences did you note between Exodus 19:16-20 and 1 
             Thessalonians 4:16-18?

Personal Questions:
DAY 1: How does the phrase "more and more" contradict the notion of a place of arrival in 
             the earthly journey in which we hiply maintain from there?
DAY 2:  Do you have an example of someone who seemed to have learned biblical truth 
             straight from God without textbook, training or human teacher?
DAY 3:  What is the most prominent lesson you've had to learn about minding your own 
DAY 4:  What might be gained through thinking of death in terms of sleep?
DAY 5:  What are you most curious about concerning end-time events?