Review this Week’s MEMORY VERSE: “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:7 NIV
DISCUSS: What did I learn in the Sunday School lesson and sermon about “Sharing Our Story?”
Meditate upon (Mt 28:16-20; Phil 3:4-16; Acts 7:58-8:1,9:1-22) using 2PROAPT (on the back or at the bottom if online). Be still before Him and think about what you have just read; Listen to Him. In your own words, summarize what this passage is saying to YOU about the value of having a personal “God Story” to share.
- Acts 9 describes Saul’s conversion; In (Acts 22:1-21) he uses his conversion experience as a testimony or God Story. Look for a pattern or format.
- Search for the points you studied in Sunday School about an effective testimony, and what it should say, that are contained in Paul’s testimony.
- What was Paul’s Life like before he met Jesus (vs 3-5)? What was yours like? Write it down.
- How did Saul meet Jesus (vs 6-11)? How did you meet Jesus? Write it down.
- What was Paul like after he met Jesus (vs 12-21)? What has your life been like since you met Jesus? Again, write it down. Make it a true story you can tell! Keep it balanced; do not make the “before” the main emphasis; paint a picture that people can see with examples of “before” and “after”. Apply: Share Jesus this week by sharing your story; remember who the hero is!
Intimacy with God: Your Quiet Time –2PROAPT
Two key elements in having intimacy with God are prayer and the Word. We come to the Word of God not just to read it, but to understand what He is saying to us and to determine how He wants us to apply it to our lives; asking Him for the strength and will to apply it. Finally, writing it down and sharing it with another so that they might also learn.
Study a short passage (couple of paragraphs) using an acrostic called: 2PROAPT.
- Pray – Ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate the passage and give you understanding. Remember, your goal is to meet with Him, so spend time in Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication (ACTS) – the supplication is to understand the Word, to know Him and to enjoy Him!
- Preview – Read the passage quickly; what’s the topic or theme? Did you notice anything in particular?
- Read – Read the passage again more slowly. Is God trying to tell you something? Is there something you haven’t noticed before?
- Observe – Read the passage again out loud. Look at each word; each phrase; underline or mark key words; vary the emphasis you place on the words. What is He saying to you; what is He asking you to do? Paraphrase the passage in your own words.
- Apply – Is there a command to obey; a sin to confess or an action to take? How can you apply this scripture to your life? Does He want you to do it now?
- Pray – Pray that He would enable you to do what He has told you to do in applying the scripture. Memorize (Phil 2:13); stand upon its truth. Be still before Him, listen, and let the Word saturate your thoughts and your heart.
- Tell – Write in your journal what He has revealed to you, then share with someone what you have learned. Don’t place your light under a basket (Mt 5:15). Remember to have a plan, a place, a purpose (to meet with Him), and finally – PERSEVERE, even when you don’t feel like it or don’t think you have the time, give God the “first fruits” of your day! Early mornings are wonderful in His presence; set your alarm clock 20 minutes earlier.