THE TEN MARKS
I am committed to one specific local
church and attend gatherings consistently.
OVERVIEW – COMMUNITY
DEFINITION OF A DISCIPLE – A disciple unconditionally trusts and obeys Jesus to BECOME like him, BELONG to his family, and BUILD his kingdom by multiplying disciples.
COMMUNITY DEFINITION – I am committed to one specific local church and attend gatherings consistently.
LIFESTYLE – I show up faithfully to community gatherings to encounter Jesus personally and through his people.
REFLECTION QUESTION – How is gathering with Jesus’ people strengthening me and others?
WHEN YOU’RE DONE WITH THIS LESSON…
\\ You’ll explore what it means to be part of Jesus’ family and why it matters by reading an overview and answering some follow up questions. When you’re done, you’ll understand biblical community and be able to explain it.
\\ You’ll integrate new practices to equip and empower you to thrive in God’s community. These practices include reading the Bible, prayer, and journaling. When you’re done, you’ll know how to gather with God’s people and experience Jesus’ presence when you do.
\\ You’ll discover that difference gathering with Jesus’ people makes. When you’re done, you’ll know how to prioritize your life so you can faithfully gather with Jesus’ community on Sabbath and in Life Groups.
STEP 1: NEW LEARNING
QUESTIONS FROM THE READING
\\ In your own words, summarize the big ideas about following Jesus.
\\ What are some of your key take-aways from reading?
\\ Acts 2:42-47 describes what happened to Jesus’ disciples after they were filled with God’s Spirit and carried God’s power into the world. What did they do? How did they live? How did they think about and interact with each other?
\\ I Peter 2:1-10 tells us about disciples who faced persecution and hardship. Though they were rejected by the world, they were special to God. How does God describe his people in this passage? How does this change your view of God’s people?
\\ In Isaiah 58:13-14, God helps his people, Israel, grasp his heart and vision for the Sabbath (sunset Friday to sunset Saturday). How does this help you understand his heart and vision? What might this vision do to help you shift your lifestyle to rest, worship, and gathering?
\\ Based on what you’ve discovered, how does Jesus want you to obey this week?
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STEP 2: NEW PRACTICES
BIBLE – PRAYER – JOURNALING
In this step, you’ll integrate three new practices: listen to Jesus in the Bible, talk to Jesus through prayer, and journal. It’s best to spend most of your time in the Bible and in prayer (about 80%) and then follow up with journaling. If you spend the bulk of your time in the Bible and prayer, you’ll experience the biggest impact toward growth.
To incorporate these new practices, you’ll need to make some decisions: when, where, how much, and how long. In other words, when you know WHEN you’ll do these practices, WHERE you’ll do them, and HOW long you’ll do them, you have a much better chance of integrating these practices into your lifestyle.
The important part is this: make a commitment and keep it. When we make and keep our commitments, we increase our ability to hear and obey Jesus.
Here are two questions to help you decide.
Where will I fit these practices into my weekly schedule/routine?
Consider working your way up to four times each week.
How long will I spend each day doing all three practices?
Any amount of time is good to start with but consider working up to thirty minutes at a time.
LISTENING TO JESUS IN THE BIBLE
Each week, you’ll learn to listen to Jesus through the Bible. To do this, you’ll read, think about, and answer questions about a passage. For this lesson, you’ll spend multiple days in EACH of the following texts.
As you spend multiple days in each passage, journal the following questions.
// Who is God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)?
// What is God doing?
// Who are God’s people? Who am I as a result?
// What is God inviting me to do today?
QUESTIONS, PRAYER AND JOURNALING
Each week, you’ll learn to talk to Jesus in prayer. To do this, you’ll learn to pray using the forms of prayer Jesus gave to his followers in Matthew 6:9-13: We call this The Disciple’s Prayer. Each week, we explore one aspect of The Disciple’s Prayer.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,”
In this lesson, you’ll explore the sixth form of prayer called The Prayer of Warfare. Use Prayer of Warfare in The Disciple’s Prayer Guide to pray this week.
As you read and pray, it’s helpful to journal your thoughts, feelings, and insights. Consider journaling to one or two of the following prompts.
What I learned today was…
What I discovered about Jesus was…
What I discovered about myself was…
What I sense I need to do is…
What doesn’t make sense is…
STEP 3: NEW COMMITMENTS
Gathering with God’s people matters. It’s where God’s presence dwells on earth. When we gather, he gathers with us. Together, we’re the “living stones” of the Temple he’s building on the earth. Together, we show what it’s like to live in the rising sun of God’s eternal presence.
But we must DO it. We can’t talk about it and not do it. “Gather” is a verb, an action word, something that happens only when we do what it describes.
Over the next three-to-four weeks, you’ll gather with God’s people twice: on Sabbath and during the week for Life Group faithfully. Unless there’s an emergency, just show up no matter what. As you do, respond to the journaling exercises on the following worksheet. This will help you think about gathering with God’s people through new eyes.
Over the next three-to-four weeks, you’ll also learn to rest on Sabbath. Each week, you’ll NOT do something you normally do and, instead, you’ll do something you DON’T normally do. This will help you can experience the biblical vision of rest and communion.
STEPS TO SUCCESS
\\ Look at your personal and family calendar for the next four weeks.
\\ Talk with your spouse/family/roommates about your commitment to attend Life Group and Sabbath every week for four weeks—no matter what.
\\ Make adjustments to your calendar and commitments as necessary.
\\ Identify roadblocks/challenges you know you’ll face as you seek to keep your commitment. Come up with contingency plans BEFORE the roadblocks/challenges are in front of you.
\\ Then, show up.
One way we can celebrate Sabbath is to welcome and close Sabbath with special rhythms or rituals that remind us of who God is, who we are, and how he’s called us to live. The Jewish people have started and ended the Sabbath in just this way for centuries, so we can learn much from their practices.
On Friday night, welcome the Sabbath with a special meal, prayers, and rituals to help you experience Jesus and his rest. Here is a helpful resources: https://268church.org/sabbath/. Engage this practice ONCE during the four weeks of your commitment.
On Saturday night, you can close Sabbath with a special prayer and rituals to help you leave Sabbath with joy and peace. Here is a helpful resource: https://268church.org/sabbath/ Engage this practice ONCE during the four weeks of your commitment.