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Will you take the challenge to develop new habits in your life this year? Each month we will add the new habit for the month, along with the various steps for you to take each week throughout the month. Let us here about your story. We would love to know how this challenge is impacting your spiritual life. You can contact us at the bottom of the welcome page. Please leave us your comments. Thanks. 

January 2017- The habit of SCRIPTURE

 

Week 1 -Jan. 1-7 – Read the Bible for 15 mins. a day.

Week 2 – Jan. 8-14 – Study a section of Scripture – II Timothy 2:15

Week 3 – Jan. 15-21 – Memorize a new Bible verse – Psalm 119:9-11

Week 4 – Jan. 22-28 – Listen to the Bible to and from work, or school – Romans 10:17

Week 5 – Jan. 29-Feb. 4 – Meditate on a Bible passage – Psalm 1:2-3

 
February – The habit of PRAYER
 

Week One – Feb. 5-11 – Praall prayer when you open your eyes in the morning. Pray a short prayer when you lay your head back down on your pillow. Start and end your day in prayer.

Week Two – Feb. 12-18 – Develop a short prayer list, and pray over it daily. Place these names on your prayer list: Spouse, children, parents, friends, co-workers, pastor, church members, missionaries. You see, we really do have a lot to pray about.

Week Three – Feb. 19-25 – Look up Bible verses on prayer. Use your concordance in the back of your Bible.

Week Four – Feb. 26-Mar. 4 – Use the ACTS method of praying through this week.

– Adoration – Worship (adorn) the name and character of God.

– Confession – Take the time to repent from any unconfessed sin in your life. Exhale it.

– Thanksgiving – Thank God for all the good things that He has provided for you.

– Supplication – Now is the time to pray for others, and all those that God brings to your mind.

March – The habit of CHURCH

 

 

“not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:25)

 

Remember the words of Jesus, “I will build My Church…” (Matt. 16:18).

 

Week One – March 5 – March 11 – Attend Church regularly.

 

The devil doesn’t want you in church. Don’t allow the devil to keep you away from your family.

Week Two – March 12 – 18 – Invite another member from your church family out for coffee. You pay – Random Acts of Kindness. Get to know those in your CHURCH family. Be friendly!

Week Three – March 19 – 25 – Go back through your membership notebook. Focus in on your responsibilities as a church member. Read the Constitution and By-laws.

Week Four – March 26 – April 1 – Read through “I Am a Church Member” (Available on Church book rack for $ 5.00)

 

 

April – The habit of SERVING

 

   Jesus modeled what it meant to be a servant. We read in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

How can we serve others today? Here are five possible ways:

 

Week One – April 1-8 – Look over ALL the ministries and pick one to get involved in.

 

Week Two – April 9-15 – Learn about a ministry by coming alongside of someone already serving. Follow them as they minister. Learn by watching others. Youth, AWANA, Nursery, Sunday school, Sound Room, Marriage, D.R., and Worship ministry.

 

Week Three – April 16-22 – Look around in your church for something that needs fixed, or replaced, and you be the hands of Christ. Get it done!

 

Week Four – April 23-29 – Write a letter to someone you see serving in the church and thank them for their commitment to the body of Christ.

 

Week Five – April 30-May 6 – Have a desire to see another ministry added to the church, perhaps you are the person to get it started.

May – The habit of EVANGELISM – 4 Steps

   God wants to use you to reach people with the Gospel (Good News!). This is called, EVANGELISM! That word might be scary to some. So then, let’s call it, Personal Evangelism. Someone years ago called it, Lifestyle Evangelism.

 

Week One – March 30-May 6 – Start looking around you at the people that God has brought into your life. See them as DIVINE APPOINTMENTS and not interruptions.

 

Week Two – May 7 – 13 – Begin to pray for the people that you know that outside of a relationship with Christ. Here is where to start: Family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances.

 

Week Three – May 14-20 – Buy up the opportunities that God provide for you to bring up His name in a conversation with someone. Be quick to share your own story of how you deal with hurts and disappointments.

 

Week Four – May 21-27 – Have a sit down with at least one person and share your personal testimony of how you came to saving faith. Invite them to make the same decision.

June – The habit of STEWARDSHIP– 4 Steps

 

 

   Have you learned that EVERYTHING belongs to God? That we are only STEWARDS of what God has entrusted into our care? One day the Lord will return, and He will ask for an accounting of what we have done with what He has entrusted into our care.

 

Week One – June 4-10 – Study the many Bible passages that speak about giving. Here are some to begin with: I Cor. 4:2; Mal. 3:8-12; Prov. 3:9-10; II Cor. 8-9.

 

Week Two – June 11-17 – Give a gift to someone in need (outside of your family). Write down the steps you took, and why you gave to the person you did.

 

Week Three – June 18-24 – Make the decision that beginning this week you will start to tithe to your church at least 10% of your income. This will become a new habit for you.

 

Week Four – June 25-July 1 – Begin to pray over everything that God entrust to your care. How can you best STEWARD everything to bring glory to God?

 

July – The habit of RESTING – 5 Steps

 
   Are you aware that REST is biblical? God commanded Israel to take a Sabbath rest (Ex. 20:8-11). The Sabbath in the Bible is Saturday. There was to be no work from sundown on Friday to sun down on Saturday. No work meant, no work.

   Rest is for the purpose of rejuvenation! Now, it is important that we understand today that the day we rest is not the issue, REST is the issue. Most people today do not take a biblical rest.

   Here is what Jesus once said to His disciple,

   “And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.”  (Mk 6:31).  
 
   Every soul needs some rest. Every soul! Including you. Here are some steps to take this month: 
 
  1. Week One – July 2- 8 – Take an hour this week to get alone with God and just rest. Do nothing for one hour. Pray, nap, and relax.
  1. Week Two – July 9 – 15 – Take a half-a-day this week to go out and do something relaxing, all by yourself. Read a book, go to a library, or coffee shop.
  1. Week Three – July 16-22 – Take a full day to chill out and relax. No work!
  1. Week Four – July 23-29 – Looking back over the past three weeks, how did the hour, the half-day, and the full-day regenerate you? Write down your thoughts.
  1. Week Five – July 30-Aug. 5 – Calendar time in for rest for the remaining months in 2017. At least an hour a week, and a day a month. Plan your vacation time too.
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