MESSAGE NOTES

Notes, further readings, & devotionals

FORMATION

Week 1

BUILDING A RESILIENT AND THRIVING FAITH


Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


Ephesians 2:11-13...Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.


Ephesians 2:19-22 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.


  1. Grace without obedience is cheap.
  2. Obedience is the submission of our will to Christ’s perfect and pleasing will.
  3. A life of obedience requires formation. 


1 Peter 1:13-15 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.


  • Study and Consumption of God’s Word
  • Confession and Repentance
  • Stewardship and Fasting
  • Prayer and Solitude
  • Communal-Worship and Celebration



STUDY AND CONSUMPTION OF GOD’S WORD


Being a person of faith is to be a learner

  • Colossians 3:16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.


Why study the Bible?


  • Proverbs 4:20-22 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.


  • God’s story provides meaning beyond ourselves.
  • The word of God creates life.
  • The word responds to our deepest need.
  • God’s will is that we would know him.
  • Bible study deepens spiritual community.
  • Knowing God’s word confirms our mission.


  • Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.


How do I study the Bible?

  • What is the original Intent?
  • How does this fit in the overall narrative?
  • How does this apply to my life?
  • What does this change in my life?


Why consume more than the Bible?

  • Hebrews 5:13-14 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

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