What you focus on expands. So for the next 2 months, focus on JESUS.
Yesterday began our reJesus series. We want January and February to be the time when we simply obsess over, fixate on, are consumed with, and are generally wild about Jesus. Here is how you can focus on Jesus.
ONE: Attend the eight Sundays of the reJesus series.
If you have to miss a Sunday (only because you have the plague or have just passed away), watch via LiveStream or catch it on Tuesday when it is posted on our website.
TWO: Do the daily devotionals.
I think this is the most important pathway I will suggest. The Sunday sermon is the open door to a room to explore. The Sunday sermon is the stepping stone to a week of walking with Christ. Each devotional is designed to take the message much farther for you. We provide the most relevant Scripture, short thoughts, and then suggestions for reflection, prayer, and application. We need to rebuild our weak and inconsistent devotional habits of Scripture, prayer, and reflection.
THREE: Have vigorous small group conversations.
Pastor Ned Keene prepares small group study material that uses the Sunday sermon and the devotional resources and gives guidance for small groups to go even deeper. The idea is for groups of missional friends of Jesus to gather together in passionate and disciplined conversations around the things that matter most. Your small group can start immediately or at any time, even if you miss the first 1 or 2 weeks. Email Ned at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOUR: Read the Living Word blog regularly.
The best way to make sure you are notified of new posts is to click on our blog. Scroll down and look at the right hand column. Subscribe to the blog by providing your email address. Make sure the notifications do not go to your junk mail. Add us to your approved senders list. Many of the blogs in January and February will have additional reflections about Jesus.
FIVE: Check out my Facebook page.
I have Jesus Notes I provide from time to time. Ask to be added as a friend and I will add you. Just search for Brian K. Rice on Facebook. Oh yes, a special note: PLEASE don’t message me via Facebook and expect a reply. I almost never even look at Facebook messages. I simply get too many unsolicited messages.
SIX: Go deep. Read a good book.
Do you want even more? Here is the best book on Jesus I have read in many years. Get a copy of A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man from Nazareth for Believers and Skeptics. It is simply wonderful, insightful, well written, and good for believers and skeptics.
SEVEN: Every day, pray along these lines.
Jesus, I want to know you more clearly, I want to love you more dearly, I want to follow you more nearly – today.
Jesus, I want to encounter your love, your grace, your truth, your presence – today.
Jesus, I want to represent and reflect you to the world around me – today.
Jesus, may your kingdom come, your will be done, and your name be glorified in my life – today.
Pray good stuff like that and you will soon see the results.
Remember, what you focus on expands. Focus on Jesus for the next 8 weeks. As you do, Jesus will grow very large for you. You will build habits of the heart that involve reading, thinking, study, reflection, prayer, conversation, faith, and much more.
Isn’t that what you want?
Don’t you want the Real Jesus to be increasingly Real for You?
What I have described above is how that will happen. Many blessings and graces to you in the weeks to come.
Having the ability to empower and resource leaders to bear much fruit that lasts. Being a part of a team of friends and missional servants committed to changing the world.