If we take 1 Timothy 3:15, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God as the statement of purpose for first Timothy than we have at the outset a planned destination of study; namely searching through First Timothy to determine what our "church experience" should look like.
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On my recent trip to Haiti I was brought into contact with Dr. Bob Ewell who works with The Navigators. Years ago I had started building a discipleship framework that ran out for lack of… whatever. But Bob spurred me on to finishing what I had started and to begin intentional discipleship in the church.
One of the first things every new believer needs to know is how to have morning devotions. So I put together a Powerpoint Presentation on How to Have morning devotions.
In Brief the method is simple and to the point.
- READ the biblical text after Praying for God's guidance with a Pen in hand. Mark anything and everything which "jumps off the page" and speaks to you.
- REFLECT – that is, think or meditate on what you've just read – turning it over in your head until you can see it's direct application to you personally.
- RESPOND to God in prayer concerning one item which you've personally gained from. This turns your relationship with God from a monologue to a dialog.
- RECORD your morning experience – using a notebook, a computer or even a blog, anything that helps you to coalesce your thoughts. Write down the passage and what you heard God say in His word, and record also your action points – what you're going to do about it.
- REACT – When you were busy thinking or reflecting about the passage you developed at least one personal application from God's word, now it's time to put it into practice for the rest of the day.