With continued regular attention toward our inward condition with God we become enabled to help each other increase toward God and God's character.
Study & discussion topics from the bible
Each week of each month will follow a pattern of biblical topics:
Week 1 ~ Characteristics of God. God is literally described with these character traits in the bible. So this ought to be everyone's starting point.
Week 2 ~ Submission to God. These studies inform us of what attitude we ought to have toward God in our lives.
Week 3 ~ Inward development. Learning about our inner activity, our attitude, how to affect it with choices and actions, and measure to take for improved transformation or alignment with God.
Week 4 ~ Discipleship. Provides a deeper understanding into the role of discipleship, follower of God, and obeying the Holy Spirit within us.
Every year there are four periods of a 5th week which can be used for fellowship, potluck, other topic discussions, testimonials, or a Sabbath break.
Discussions ought to focus on insight for spiritual growth. We ought to seek out solutions for ourselves. We ought to speak for ourselves only. Our thoughts and comments ought to focus toward how we each individually can improve toward God’s character. (inductive study style)
Part one - understanding the common message (when something gets repeated it raises its importance or significance)
Part two - what can we take away from the message for us (If we are learners/disciples of God, then shouldn't we read the message as if God was teaching us how to live, think, follow, and shape our attitudes?)
Like learning a foreign language – what we put into it is what we get out of it, but please consider carefully this is about our relationship with God.
2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
2 Corinthians 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
James 4:7 [ Humility Cures Worldliness ] Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
When faced with decision to submit to God we can be tempted away by differences, pride, fear, confusion, and other forms of discomfort. We might say we don’t have time or be quick to find fault in others to justify non-participation.
Let us humble ourselves into a regular practice of learning and participation of the spirit, mind, heart, and soul into God’s word while listening, learning, and teaching each other.
Without humility and meekness we can easily be misled and fall victim to selfish pride and fear.
James 1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Let us pursue knowledge with the word in an organized and focus way to build God’s love and peace within our hearts, minds, souls, and community. When tempted with contrary thoughts toward building and growing in Godly character we ought to humble ourselves in prayer and submission. Any confusion we may have often times will have something to do with malformed beliefs. Our understanding of ourselves, God, and life will be different than God’s intention for us. Our salvation lies in the path of Love, Peace, Mercy, Forgiveness, Humility, Truth, and Justice. With all diligence let us pursue this path.
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.