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Devotional Study Group
November 20, 2013
Unique Approach To Daily Devotional Study Group
I had a unique idea the other day. I was reviewing a diet program that had a 90 day challenge. I got to thinking about why diets fail so often, then I began to think about why people will do a daily devotional for a while then they will slowly gravitate away from it.
My question is: Why?
Then I began to think about the success of the early church. Acts 2:42-47 records what I believe is the answer.
Verse 42 says, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching." There are two critical factors mentioned here that are vital to their success. First, there were the apostles, the ones who knew the message and were good at sharing it. Then there was the message itself. The message of Jesus the Christ of redemption and salvation.
The next factor is also in verse 42, "They devoted themselves to .. the fellowship." There was a camaraderie which quickly grew among them and is directly related to the next two factors: "They devoted themselves to... the breaking of bread and of prayer." Sharing meals together and praying together.
Verse 46 tells us, "Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people."
The secret to their success was no secret at all. They simply committed themselves to the teacher, the message, one another, meeting regularly and practicing their faith.
I realized that I have been doing those things for years and they have contributed to the success of the Daily God Walk material and to the small study groups we have which explore the principles found in each daily devotional.
Currently we are in the middle of 30 days studying perseverance. We are looking at how we are rewarded by persevering, how God perseveres with us, and how others are affected by our perseverance. You may want to check out this devotional. go to biblestudydevotions.com/devotional.html to find out how you can get a complimentary copy of these devotions. Or:
Build A Small Group Bible Study Using the Daily God WalkAbout 30 years ago I dreamed of breaking my Sunday message into 5 or six components and making a daily devotion out of each component.
I never did get around to doing that, But I have continued to have the conviction that everyone needs a tool to help them establish a daily time of devotion.
Just six years ago I got very serious about providing just such a tool for believers. The tool that was birthed in 2007 was the Daily God Walk (DGW) devotional. Today there are many people across America who look forward to receiving their DGW month after month.
Recently we added the Study Guide Edition of the DGW. This edition concludes each devotion with a principle that is brought out in the text of the devotion for that day.
It also includes an affirmation of the principle to help the reader have a focus for their prayer and meditation.
The affirmation is followed by a reflection which serves as a stimulus for thought on the devotion for the day.
The reflection is followed by a section where the reader can journal their thoughts and write what they feel the Lord telling them in their prayer time.
The purpose of this edition is twofold. First, it gives the reader additional motivation to deepen their faith walk. And secondly, it provides a tool to use in small group Bible study.
I use it in three small groups which meet each week and since I began using it I have experienced much less stress over what We'll be discussing because we all have the same material and everyday there is a new devotion, so it doesn't matter what day of the week the group meets there is fresh material for reflection and discussion.
To check out a sample month of the Daily God Walk - Study Guide Edition just click on the link Below:
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