Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Godly Living

In my last blog post, I offered some practical advice that anyone could do begin learning how to work as an evangelist. This time I want to offer some practical advice on what teachers can do to help others begin to hear God speak.

The reason God gives teachers to the Church is to help us recognize when we are using Christian words with non Christian definitions to make decisions on what Christian behavior is. Identifying and replacing the habits we learned from our "native religious language" is going to take some more effort from some of you than others.

My goal here is to give you some practical advice for teachers in your area that can help people in your area begin working on recognizing which parts of their lives are influenced by their "native religious language."

Here they are:

#1. Listen to the Discipleship Orientation Podcast.

Using the Discipleship Orientation Podcast will give people in your area a chance to understand what can go right and wrong in our relationship with God, and causes us to feel like we are moving closer or farther away from God.

#2. Become familiar with these 15 Bible passages first.

Note: These Bible passages can help us begin to learn how to identify our "native religious language" that can keep us away from God, and we need to encourage people to look at them one at a time, starting with the first one, until God explains what each individual verse means and how each passage is connected to the others.

Romans 7:18, Romans 12:2, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Jeremiah 31:34, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and 7:1, Hebrews 12:1-5, Jeremiah 9:23-24, John 16:7-15, Romans 6:12-14. Revelation 22:12, Romans 2:5-11, Ephesians 4:11-16, James 3:1, 2 Timothy 4:1-5, Matthew 25:31-46.

#3. Start praying for help.

The kind of exercise I have outlined in #2 can be used to practice hearing God speak. You can take Romans 7:18 and have someone read it and pray until God explains it to them. Then you can look at Romans 12:2 and have someone read and pray until God explains it and how it is related to Romans 7:18 in their minds.

God wants teachers in your area to begin building these kinds of bridges in people's minds, and after people get enough practice to be comfortable with these passages, they can pick Bible passages on their own to add to this list.

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