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Connecting Points for Real Life--9!17!13

Connecting Points for Real Life--9!17!13

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Published by: Mark Pomeroy on Sep 23, 2013
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Connecting Points for Real Life
People lack connection and growth
in God’s word.
Lack Connection and Discipleship
Ministry is connection, but today’s culture is disconnected and isolated since
90% of all US Christians never share their faith with anyone in their lifetime.
People lack soul (mind, emotions and will) transformation “skills” to connect with others since
than 2% of all US evangelical Christians witness weekly to unbelievers,
lead someoneannually to Christ, have personally discipled someone in order to make disciples and more disciple-makers.
 We need authentic, inter-generational connection since
88% of evangelical, born-again Christianteens leave the church at age 18
, never to return.
20 million Christian adults have left the church
according to researcher George Barna
 We all have connection points learned from life experiences. These can be connected to God’s story 
found in the Bible. I will share seven connection point lessons learned from my personal story orexperiences. These lessons are related to God, His purposes, others and ministry as a model for othersto enter into their own connection points.
Experience God’s l
ove and acceptance through believers and the Holy Spiritto counteract a performance and law orientation2.
Study God’s Word so it c
omes alive leading to personal application3.
Be equipped with
God’s w 
ord to build up the body of Christ in unity using my spiritual gifts4.
Be awakened to
kingdom purposes through His sovereignty in tough circumstances andrealize He provides everything5.
Realize that the
Bible’s unifying theme is God’s covenant with
 Abraham, Moses, David and New Covenant promises linked to His people6.
Co-mentor those from different walks of life and generations to understand the Bible, love God,unify others and serve their community 7.
Equip ambassadors to
disciple others in God’s kingdom
to rebuild cities and nationsin every cultural sphereFor example, when Abraham stretched out his knife to kill Isaac, God intervened by sending a ram. Abraham
called that place, “The Lord Will Provide” (
Gen. 22:14). By sharing our stories and identifyingpeople
’s relationships
, we motivate others to study 
God’s word. I am writing an online study to help
people align
their experiences with God’s word called
: Connecting Your Life to God’s Story
thatfocuses on the whole counsel of God from Genesis to Revelation.
God wrote a scroll of remembrance to distinguish between those who served Him and those who didnot. Every act of faithful service, encouraging word and sacrifice was placed by God as a witness to theuniverse that I am His treasured possession. Even my tears were recorded in His scroll (Mal. 3:16-18;Ps. 56:8).
Here’s my story, tears and all.
Personal Story 
Maybe you’re like me. As a child, I was o
ften bored in Sunday school. There were so many Bible stories with no apparent meaning or relevance to my life. Sure, some stories had action and cool characters,such as the story about a teenager named David who became a hero by killing a giant named Goliath...or the one about an uncommon twenty-something named Daniel and his three friends who, on hearing
the king’s orders made the decision to ignore the royal command and ended up in a lion’s den (not to
mention a fiery furnace!) (Daniel 3:6).But what was the point and how did the stories relate to me? As I grew older, I began to realize some of the truths expressed in those stories. Still, Bible stories did not capture my attention the way TV showsand movies grabbed my attention and drew me in.Then I headed for college, and something horrible happened. I suffered the humiliation of being de-pledged from a fraternity. Huge rejection! I was an Engineering major
not too cool socially (this was before the movie
Revenge of the Nerds,
made being a geek 
and a nerd cool...). I didn’t seem to
measure up in the eyes of the other students and I felt betrayed.Starting over socially was scary. But God orchestrated my steps so that I crossed paths with some guysand gals who were Christians. They loved me unconditionally. And, I noticed something else. They had
 what I was seeking in the fraternity but didn’t find –
relationships, not only with each other, but withGod. Their relationships were real, personal and appealing. My relationship with these new friends
helped me grow. They spent time with me at meals, taught me God’s word in small group Bible studies
and encouraged me in my walk with God.My social life got much better. Still, I felt something was missing. I began to re-
learn and study what I’d
 been taught as a child and yet I continued to feel that all the pieces did not fit. It was difficult to mesh world history with Biblical history and make the passages I was reading relate to my life. As I grew older, began a career, married, started a family and became more involved in ministry, I discovered thatothers had encountered the same kind of religious disconnect. We all wondered what to do next aftertaking the first steps (or at least considering them) toward belief and faith in God and in Christ. Andthis, in a nutshell, is why I developed
Connecting Points for Real Life,
this resource, and
Connecting Your Life to God’s Story
 which continues the process in connecting to Christ through the whole Bible.
Leaders’ Instructions Prior to Each We
ekly Small Group Meeting
Leaders do the following preparation:
Leaders read the numbered “connecting point for real life” lesson statement in bold text
Leaders read the section under the heading, “Personal Story” that describes various
experiences that taught Mark Pomeroy that lesson
Leaders read the section under the heading, “My Connecting Point for Re
al Life
 With this text as a model, leaders write down their own personal experience(s) and aconnecting point lesson
Leaders prepare to share their personal experiences and the connecting point lessonthey learned to model and encourage small group participation.
Leaders’ Instructions during Small Group Meeting:
The goal is for people to study the sections titled, “Mark’s Story,” and “My (#_
 _)Connecting Point for Real Life
material before the small group meeting so the groupcan discuss the questions under, “Your Connecting Point for Real Life.”

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