Bakersfield Church Of Christ

LIVING OUT FAITH BY LOVING LIKE CHRIST

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

Personal Walk with God

Getting Started

What did you find enlightening, encouraging, or unnerving about Sunday’s lesson?

Our worship of God can be thought of as an offering, much like a meal. We offer Him prayer, praise, and acts of service. Just for fun, what are some meals in your repertoire that you like serving to guests? Have you ever tried a new meal out on guests? How’d it go?
 

Going Deeper

God has a hunger for deep relationships. Unfortunately, we often serve Him with our shallow leftovers: prayer times that are unfocused, bible study that’s uninspired, and lives that are self-focused. In contrast, God’s desire for you is passionate and unyielding. Please read these following passages about God’s desire for you.

Psalm 103:11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.

Psalm 17:7-8 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

What insights did you gain reading these passages?

Can you think of any people you know that express a love like God? What is it that they do that inspires you?

Richard gave us some practical advice on Sunday on how to pursue God. He said we can be 1) Consistent, 2) Creative, and 3) Consumed. No one person exemplifies this kind of God-pursuit better than Jesus. Please read these following passages about Jesus’s love for God.

Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Luke 5:16 Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Luke 6:12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

Luke 9:28 [Jesus] took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.

What are some of the different ways that Jesus prayed? There are some practical challenges to praying like Jesus, but there are also some very real benefits. Please list a few of each.

Practical Challenges                        Benefits

Bringing it Home

What would you like to apply to your life from this week’s study?

This week kicks off our “10:2” summer prayer campaign. If you’re willing, we’re asking you to pray every day at 10:02 AM for the lost. It can be a prayer for specific people, or for people in general, but focused primarily on reaching the lost. Then, we can post on our Facebook page as God inspires us and answers our prayers!

What are some prayers you have for unbelievers? Even if you aren’t volunteering to join the campaign, please share!