Next Steps into God’s Word
We, as God’s children, have the potential to grow in our relationship with Him every day of our lives. We do this through prayer, worship, by being open to the leadings of the Holy Spirit and by the study of God’s Word. The Bible is God’s map for our lives.
God’s word instructs us, guides us and comforts us, but in order to do that we need to be “in” His word. We need to read it and come to know it.
Equipping you to study God’s Word and assisting you in developing a closer relationship with God is our goal here at EPC. We feel it is of vital importance to encourage every Christian to take personal responsibility for spending time in God’s Word on a daily basis as well as on Sunday mornings.
It is important to state that every Christian has their own individual relationship and walk with the Lord. Where ever you are right now is where God meets you. This is not a race, it’s just you and the Lord taking the next step in your relationship. Nor are there any expectations other than our desire that each of us would spend time in God’s word joyfully discovering His glory and all He has planned for us. Having said that, we have put together a tool for daily Bible reading. We are calling it…
“The Next Step Challenge”
In order to do that there are a few questions we would like you to ask yourself. These questions are designed to help you determine where you are in your walk with God and where your personal journey should start or continue.
Here are some initial questions to ask yourself: (These questions are for you alone!)
- Where am I in my prayer life? How often do I pray? When do I pray?
- Do I want to be a part of a prayer group or be a prayer partner? (Please contact our pastor)
- How often do I read my Bible?
- Do I need a Bible Study?
- Do I have someone who holds me accountable?
- Am I “stalled” in my faith?
- Do I need a mentor or want to be a mentor? (Please contact our Pastor)
- Am I ready for some mission service? (Please contact our Mission Elder)
- Where can I see myself being in service to my church?
- Therefore – where do I presently see myself in my walk with God?
Look through the charts below and see which of the four steps fits where you are in your spiritual life and start there.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.Matthew 4:4
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.Psalm 119:101
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.Romans 10:17
Exploring ChristianityAm I A Christian?
- Have I made the decision to follow Christ?
- Do I question if the bible is relevant to today and life?
- Do I involve God in daily life?
- Do I need others to help interpret spiritual issues?
- Do I seek God’s guidance only in times of need?
Following ChristAm I Growing in the Faith?
- I am discovering my Faith.
- I need others to assist me in interpreting spiritual issues.
- I am willing to participate in small groups.
- I may serve in the church.
- I sometimes read the Bible.
- I am growing in my faith through church and am starting to incorporate personal spiritual practices in my normal routine outside of church.
Close to ChristAm I Going Deeper In The Faith?
- The Bible provides direction for my life
- Prayer is central to my life
- My devotion to Christ is growing but I have not surrendered every thing to Christ
- Spiritual friends are important to me
- I serve regularly
Christ-CenteredAm I Standing Strong In The Faith?
- I am fully surrendered to Christ and love God more than anything
- I seek God’s guidance in every aspect of life
- Prayer is a constant conversation with God
- I feel led to mentor others
- Service to others is a way of life
10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection (which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His deathPhilippians 3:10