As parents, we are given a biblical responsibility for the discipleship of our kids. Whether you feel fully equipped to do this or not is a legitimate feeling that many parents have. Obviously, this is why the church is here. To help equip you for this purpose. At the same time, one thing that we can all do is pray for our kids. I came across this prayer guide and wanted to share it with you.
Take time to look up the verses that correspond with the prayer requests. What’s amazing is that as we read the bible verses and pray the prayers, God will equip you in greater ways than you could have imagined to disciple and mentor your own kids! We have a part in raising what could be the greatest generation for the gospel that the world has ever known. Lets not drop the ball!
Prayer Requests and Scripture Promise
- Personal Salvation & a Committed Life I Corinthians 1:4-9; Galatians 1:3-5; 3:14-21; Philippians 1:3-11; 2 Timothy 1:3-7
- Sense of Security and Love Psalm 91:10-12; John 17:14-17; Romans 8:35
- Presentation of a Good Example and Worth Testimony Philemon 4-6; Ephesians 6:1-4; II Thessalonians 1:3-8; I Thessalonians 1:2-10
- Development of the Mind of Christ Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:3-12
- Knowledge of Right and Wrong Proverbs 20:11; 28:13; Philippians 1:9,10
- Protect from Evil Proverbs 4:14, 15; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 6:11; James 4:7-9
- Resistance to False Teachings Matthew 7:15; Colossians 2:8
- Godly Decision Making Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 12:1,2; I Corinthians 1:13, 31; Philippians 3:12-14
- Establishment of Realistic Goals for Life Psalm 32:8; 138:8; 143:8-10; Proverbs 4:20-27
- Wise Friendships Proverbs 13:20; 22:24,25
- A godly Husband or Wife and a Happy Marriage II Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:22,23
- Management of Time and Stress Proverbs 16:9; Philippians 4:6
- Development of Good Work Habits Colossians 3:23; II Timothy 2:15
- Discipline in Financial Mark 12:41-44; II Thessalonians 3:7-10
Wow, I can’t believe the summer is already coming to an end!
While this is sad for some, it’s an exciting time for myself and our staff. You see, each August, when school starts back, we basically kick off our new year at church. There is an excitement to see everyone back from vacations and for the mission to be re-emphasized to the body.
This week in particular is big in that our staff team and Elders are having all-day planning and prayer days to grow together and seek God’s face for the direction and future of our church. Please join me in praying for this time and for our church as we seek to do “whatever it takes to develop committed followers of Jesus Christ!”
Also don’t miss two big opportunities for the church:
1. Serve Day this Saturday from 9 am -1 pm. We will be doing ministry projects throughout our community, showing and sharing the love of Christ.
2. LEAD TIME, August 7th at 5pm. This is all volunteers and leadership. We will have a time of training and equipping as well as sharing the vision for the coming days of the church.
I hope to see you all there. Again, don’t forget to pray for us!
DAY – 15 Can Husbands and Wives be a Team for Christ?
READ: Acts 18:1-3, 18-19, 24-26
Have you ever met a dynamic duo for Christ? You know the kind, that husband and wife team that just seem to have an incredible ministry–together. And you think, How do they do that?
When Paul met Priscilla and Acquilla, he must have had a similar feeling. The two impressed him so much that he not only partnered with them, when they got to Ephesus (in Greece) he left them at one of his churches! While they were there, the couple encountered a fiery preacher with a good heart and an amazing knowldege of the Scriptures. Unfortunately, the man, Apollos, didn’t have the Gospel message quite right. The humble husband and wife team however didn’t insult or correct the man by calling him out in public. Instead, they simply took him into their home and gave him, as they say, the rest of the story.
How Does that Apply to me? There is power in a godly couple. They can be a team that opens their hearts and their home not only to reach people with the Gospel, but to disciple and mentor them as well. But there’s more to this story than just that point. What we can all take away from these verses are how Priscilla and Aquilla handled this particular situation with grace. When we come across folks that aren’t quite up to speed spiritually, or, when we perhaps deal with those who don’t handle something the way we feel they ought to, let’s be willing to step back, pull them aside and in love walk with them toward the goal.
Acts: 18:26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
Praying Together: Let’s ask God for the grace to come alongisde folks who may have good intentions but who may not have the ways of the Lord just quite right yet. In addition, let’s ask for wisdom in how best to handle those situations.
Congratulations! Today marks the half way point for our 20 days project.
DAY 10–The Church Gets a New Name & Spreads to Europe (Greece)!
READ: Acts 11:19-23, 26
No matter how clear God’s message or instruction, some believers just won’t accept what they don’t want to hear or understand. Such was the case of the believers we see in today’s passage. Though Peter’s vision on the roof made it very clear that the Gospel was now for non-Jews too, some members of the early church just weren’t buying it. Those who embraced the new direction, however, saw amazing results. Verse 21 tells us that a “large number” turned to the Lord. The Good News was not only making it’s way through Asia Minor (Turkey) and into Greece, it was a satellite church (a church plant, not the main one in Jerusalem) where Christ followers got their official and new name: Christians. (see v.26)
How does this Apply to Me? Not all believers in Christ will be on the same page when it comes to vision and direction for the church 100% of the time. It’s comforting to know that differences of opinion, however, won’t stop the spreading of The Word or the growth of the church. In addition, we need to remember that church growth not only requires good evangelism and ministry, but the raising up and training of new leaders. Discipleship is an ongoing process for a healthy Church. Are you investing in the lives of those around you who may need to strengthen or grow in their faith?
Acts 11:26 …So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
Praying Together: Let’s ask the Lord to give us a desire to invest in the lives of those around us. Then, let’s ask Him to show us who needs our time and knowledge in order to help bring them to a closer and deeper walk with Him.
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