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Step 3: Bible

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Next Steps are designed to help us grow as Christians in two categories: God's Mission and God's Word. 

←Mission→ Look out to the world; look in at our lives. 


Mission Training: How do you react to Jesus' great commission to make disciples? Perhaps you think, “I'm not ready,” or “I don't know enough,” or “I cannot do it!” But our confidence is not in ourselves but rather in God who is working in us through his Spirit.

Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

God's “power at work within us” is his Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that empowered Paul and Jesus' disciples to preach empowers you. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is with you (Ephesians 1:19-20)! The Spirit will give you words when you don't know what is best to say (Luke 12:12). The Spirit will open the hearer's heart to listen to your message (Acts 16:14). The Spirit will help you have energy to make disciples (Colossians 1:29). Step out in faith to go and make disciples with the confidence that the Holy Spirit is working in you to do more than you imagine. Jesus has given you his promise: “I am with you always!” (Matthew 28:20).


Accountability:  Last time we set a goal to share our testimony with one or more persons from our prayer list. How did that go? Celebrate any victories and encourage one another to keep striving to share Christ's love and gospel with those around you! 


Goals & PrayerLooking at your prayer list, choose at least one person. How will you share Christ with them in the next two weeks (examples: share your testimony, share the gospel, invite them to church, study First Steps, etc.)? Share the name of the person you choose and the goal you’ve set. Pray for these goals and for one another.


↑Word↓ Look up to God's Word; look down to our lives. 


Gather Together Around God’s Word: Next Steps 3 - Bible

We speak to God through prayer. God speaks to us through his Word, the Bible. By reading the Bible we can know what God wants to say to us.

What is the Bible?
2 Timothy 3:16 [16] All Scripture is breathed out by God…

The Bible is God’s Special Revelation to us. The Bible (scripture) is God’s Word—God spoke it into the ears or hearts of men who wrote it down. It is a divinely inspired book and not the invention of humans. The Bible is trustworthy and accurate.

Why read the Bible?
We read the Bible to know God and his will for us! God uses the Bible to help us grow as Christians in our beliefs and our actions

2 Timothy 3:16-17 [16] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

When you read the Bible ask the following questions:
-What new truth does this passage teach me to believe about God,the world, and myself? 
-What wrong belief does this passage reprove
-What sinful action in my life does this passage correct
-What righteous behavior does this passage train me to do? 

Discussion: Share a story of when the Bible taught, reproved, corrected, or trained you in righteousness.

Hebrews 4:12-13 [12] For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. [13] And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Though the Bible was written over 2000 years ago, it is the living and active Word of God through which God speaks to us today!

How do we read the Bible?
We should read the Bible with a joyful submissiveness and an eagerness to respond to what we learn.

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
After learning the truth God is showing us, or realizing the sin he is rebuking, we need to respond with action. It is not enough to read, study, or hear God’s Word; we need to obey!

How do I start reading the Bible?
You need a time, a place, and a plan.

Time: Choose a time to set apart each day for focused Bible reading. Many people like waking up early and starting their day in prayer and God’s Word.
Place: Choose a location you can focus on the Bible each day: your room, the park, the train, etc.
Plan: Choose a plan for reading through whole books of the Bible. If this is your first time reading the Bible, it will probably be beneficial to begin reading the New Testament first.

Take the Step! 
Choose your reading time, place, and plan and share it with your group. Start your plan immediately. Your group will ask you how this is going next time.


Fellowship How is everyone doing? What was the most significant event in the past two weeks? Is there something heavy upon your heart? Does anyone need prayer?