The Forgotten Ways: Awareness

The Forgotten Ways

February 22, 2015

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"Be still and know that I am God" sounds fairly blissful, doesn't it? That is, until we realize that "being still" isn't exactly our cultural long suit. Most of us have worked our way into jam-packed schedules, brains and lifestyles. We're taking care of business unaware that we've neglected important soulwork.  

Enter Lent...  a season inviting Christ-followers to rearrange lifestyles around the truest of Trues, finding our way through Jesus' life-practices. Join us for week 1 as Pastor Mike leads into this new series - a proven pathway of faith discovery.

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The Forgotten Ways

Matthew 7:13-20 / Mike Slaughter / February 21-22, 2015      

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“Be still and know that I am God” sounds fairly blissful, doesn’t it? That is, until we realize that “being still” isn’t exactly our cultural long suit. Most of us have worked our way into jam-packed schedules, brains and lifestyles. We’re taking care of business unaware that we’ve neglected important soulwork.  Enter Lent...a season inviting Christ-followers to rearrange lifestyles around the truest of Trues. This week we begin a new study that will explore some of the forgotten ways—ancient disciplines that empower us to experience the full life of God.  

Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
 
Day 1: Read Matthew 7:13-20
What is the narrow gate? Put verses 18-20 in your own words. What does this passage have to say about living into the fullness of God?
 
Day 2: Read Matthew 7:21-29
What separates the true and the false disciples? In what ways are you building your house on the rock? In what ways are you still building it on the sand?
 
Day 3: Read Luke 10:38-42
Whom do you relate with more, Mary or Martha? How so? What did Jesus mean in verse 42? In what ways are you neglecting the most important thing?
 
Day 4: Read Mark 8:31-38
How is it possible for someone to gain the world and yet forfeit their soul?  What does that look like? How does this passage encourage you? How does it challenge you?
 
Day 5: Read Psalm 46 and Luke 5:12-16
What are some of the benefits of silence and solitude? Why would Jesus feel the need to “withdraw to lonely places”? Do you find it difficult to “unplug”? Why or why not? 
 
Day 6: Read John 15:1-16
“Remain in me” can also be translated as “abide in me.” What does it mean to abide in Jesus? How does that produce fruit in our lives? In what ways is this passage counterintuitive for living a full and meaningful life?
 
Day 7: Read Hebrews 12:1-2 and Titus 2:11-14
What are some of the things in your life you need to start saying “no” to? What are some better things you need to start saying “yes” to? 

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Matthew 7:13-20 / Mike Slaughter / February 21-22, 2015

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