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December 2016

Free “Engage” Curriculum

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Some folks are trying to figure out how to do a Discovery Bible Study (DBS or three-thirds group), but are not sure how to get started and keep it going.  If that’s you, you might want to try this free curriculum from CityTeam. Each bullet point links to a PDF file that you can download and save for your own use.

This isn’t a “classic” three-thirds group curriculum, in that there is a more finely-tuned plan, but it might be a great ‘bridge’ to a full three-thirds vision, especially if you’re trying to adapt an existing small group philosophy over to a full-on three-thirds process.

Christmas Cheer

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With Christmas just two days away, I thought I’d encourage you with some Christmas Cheer.

First, a joke. Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates entering into Heaven. “In honor of this Holy season,” Saint Peter said, “You must each offer something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.” The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. “It represents a Christmas candle,” he said. “You may pass through the pearly gates,” Saint Peter said. The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, “They’re Christmas bells.” Saint Peter said, “You may pass through the pearly gates.” The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s glasses. St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, “And just what do those symbolize?” The man replied, “It’s like the Christmas songs, they’re Carol’s”.

Second, some good news from the angels. “And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:9-14 ESV)

Hopefully you can use one or both of these to spread some joy this Christmas, but the real Joy to the World lies in telling how God’s Story played out with the birth of a baby in a manger. That baby was Emmanuel, God with us, the Savior of the World. Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

Revealing Truths to Our Hearts

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I came across the following video in which the speaker asks the question: “How can I model loving God and loving people with all my heart, not just my mind?”  As we seek to share truth and grace with those in our workplace, the Psalms can be an effective bridge to deep insight, growth and healing. Check it out, and maybe you can adapt his approach to your situation.

Simple Steps

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On Day 25 of the Antioch Journey, we shared a practical tool called the Discovery Bible Study (DBS).  Not only is DBS a great way to get people into God’s word, but it is easily transferred from one generation to the next.  In the following video, CityTeam trainer Dave Hunt describes the simple steps of the DBS process.

APEST: Which are you?

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Today I wanted to pass along another tool I was introduced to by our friends at moredisciples.com.  If someone were to ask you, “APEST: Which are you?” how would you answer? Well, “APEST” is an acronym for the five gifts identified in Ephesians 4:11…

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Evangelists
  • Shepherds
  • Teachers

Curious about how you should answer? Try this five-fold spiritual profile. It should clue you in.