A Closer Walk with Jesus: Introduction

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Today begins a wonderful journey. This journey is designed to help you develop a closer walk with Jesus Christ. All through the gospels we hear Jesus saying, “Follow Me”. It’s a command he repeats time and time again to all kinds of people. But how do you and I obey His command to follow Him? What should we focus on? What kinds of things should we do every day in our lives to be sure we are following Jesus? As you embark on this journey you will be asked to focus on three basic areas of life: The Heart, The Head, and The Hands.

 

1. The Heart – Relationship with Jesus

The first 30 days of your journey will be spent looking at the Heart. In other words, focusing on your relationship with Jesus. The goal of this section is for you to establish a vibrant, consistent prayer life with the Lord. We’ll look at how Jesus modeled prayer in His own life. We’ll study how He taught us to pray. And we’ll also examine the benefits of praying along with the different ways to pray mentioned in scripture. By God’s grace, you will become a person of prayer. You’ll be strong. You will learn how to set aside time each day to communicate with the Lord.

 

2. The Head – Understanding Scripture

The second 30 days of your journey will be spent on The Head – this section will focus specifically on your understanding of the Bible. We’ll answer questions such as “Who wrote the Bible?” “When was it written?” “How was it written?” “How do we know it’s true?” “What about all the different translations that are out there?” “What is the Holy Spirit’s role in teaching us the word of God?” “What should we look for when interpreting a passage?” “How do we know we’re interpreting a particular passage correctly?”

One of the ways we listen to God in our relationship with Him is by understanding what He’s revealed to us in His Word. It’s very important, then, for you to develop good Bible reading skills. The goal of this section called The Head is to give you the tools you need to understand what scripture teaches and to encourage your daily bible reading.

 

3. The Hands – Putting faith into action

Lastly, the third 30 day section of your journey to a closer walk with Jesus will focus on The Hands – specifically our focus will be on obeying Jesus by serving Him as we serve others. As Jesus said in Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?”

The goal for this section of your journey will be to teach you about putting your faith into action. What does scripture say about people who have learned His teaching but haven’t changed the way they live to obey what Jesus commands? What provisions has the Lord made for us so that we can do what He says and obediently follow Him?

Please make note this one basic point: it takes more than 90 days to become a mature follower of Jesus. This 90 day journey you’re embarking on today is designed not to bring you to a place of full maturity in Christ. The purpose of this journey is to provide you with the understanding you need to develop godly patterns in your life. By God’s grace, at the end of this 90 days, you will have a strong prayer life. You will have some of the basic tools you need to understand your Bible. And you will know how to put your faith into action by obeying all that Jesus commands.

We at Living Hope Community Church are praying that the Lord gives you the strength to draw near to Him not only over the next 90 days, but for the rest of your life. We pray the journey you embark on today will bring your life the love and purpose of Jesus as well as lead you to bear godly fruit in your life, fruit that will last for all eternity. May the Lord bless you has you draw near to Him.

 

Please address any questions or comments you may have throughout this 90 day journey to Pastor Scott at gdluvsu@hotmail.com. We invite your feedback. Please don’t forget to like this video if you’re watching it on YouTube.

 

May God richly bless you as you journey towards a closer walk with Jesus.

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