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TOPICS                                    THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER THE PRACTICE OF SCRIPTURE THE PRACTICE OF FASTING THE PRA...
This study guide was written by Audra Lexin. For more information on anything written here, please contact the Community L...
1.  THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER  W  hat is PRAYER  Prayer is the way we communicate with God, and almost everyone has done it a...
Matthew 6 9-13 Jesus continues,    This, then, is how you should pray     Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, you...
   If you practiced prayer by praying through The Lord   s Prayer this week, how did that go  One way we learn is to seek ...
2.  THE PRACTICE OF SCRIPTURE  W  hat is SCRIPTURE  Scripture is the written record of how God has revealed himself throug...
We want to study Scripture so we are able to understand and apply it to our lives properly. There are volumes of amazing B...
   The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his underst...
3.  THE PRACTICE OF FASTING  W  hat is FASTING  Simply put, fasting is voluntarily going without food    or any other regu...
Fasting was a part of the rhythm of life in the Bible   so much so that Jesus was questioned about why his disciples were ...
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen  to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set th...
THE PRACTICE OF SOLITUDE   SILENCE  W  hat is SOLITUDE   SILENCE  If you live in a busy house or have a hectic job, the id...
-  Set your alarm to wake you 30 minutes early in the morning for some silence and solitude or a reminder to go to bed 30 ...
If you were able to spend some time practicing silence and solitude this week, what did you enjoy most  If you did not pra...
5.  THE PRACTICE OF CONFESSION  W  hat is CONFESSION  When we confess, we acknowledge the sin in our lives   harm we have ...
There really is something powerful about not just confessing in our mind  speaking or writing out the words of sin begins ...
S  peaking of CONFESSION What part of the weekend sermon is still sitting with you today   Which practice s  of confession...
6.  THE PRACTICE OF OBEDIENCE  W  hat is OBEDIENCE  Just before Jesus was arrested, he was in the Garden if Gethsemane cry...
P  racticing OBEDIENCE This week we will practice obedience by demonstrating love to others in three ways.  LOVE AS RESTRA...
S  peaking of OBEDIENCE Why do you think Jesus ties obedience to loving others  How does loving others help you feel more ...
7.  THE PRACTICE OF SERVICE  W  hat is SERVICE  The Gospel of Mark records a conversation between Jesus and the disciples ...
JESUS MODELED THE LIFE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP ALL THE WAY TO, AND INCLUDING HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS.  P  racticing SERVICE A...
              One of Paul   s statements reads,    You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use yo...
8.  THE PRACTICE OF GIVING  W  hat is GIVING  We give because God has given to us. He is a generous God and everything we ...
Money can become a rival god. One of the main ways that we can keep ourselves free from this idolatry is through giving. W...
We are called to give tithes and o erings, tithes being a committed giving amount out of every paycheck, and o erings bein...
9.  THE PRACTICE OF WORSHIP  W  hat is WORSHIP     Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Make...
Worship is placing and keeping God alone at the highest place in your life. The act of demonstrating worship to God can lo...
Choose a song or scripture  a few suggestions listed below  to help center your mind on God, but then allow yourself to go...
10.  THE PRACTICE OF CELEBRATION  W  hat is CELEBRATION  The Bible is full of feast days and celebrations. Every sabbath w...
-  Plan for a day of celebration  if possible, do not work today or use it to catch up on chores. Set the scene with some ...
-  Play some music and practice your childlike worship again. Have each person share some ways they understand or have exp...
P  aper Chain Decoration Activity  Print these pages or copy the scriptures onto another piece of paper. If there are youn...
1 Corinthians 6 14   And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.   ESV  Romans 8 34   Christ Jesus who...
John 11 25   Jesus said to her,    I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though t...