into accountability and helps us through correct peer pressure to say no to our sinful desires and yes tothe way of Jesus. And, third, confession is also helpful to those who are listening. Too often we put onmasks and fronts to hide the sin(s) that hinder our growth in the way of Jesus. When we share our confession, we enable the other(s) to be honest and open about their struggles. Now we have enteredinto a joint effort where the Holy Spirit can begin to breathe life into the dark places of our hearts. (1John 1:9)
The Bible is the most powerful tool God has given us to know Him and to be changed by Him. Toooften we neglect the power of the Word of God, believing it is for the professionals to know and then totell us. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. It is our responsibility to know God through HisWord and to know ourselves through His Word. Jesus tells us that the Word of God is the seed to newlife.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who haveheard;......As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:11-15 ESV)
The goal of this phase is to read large portions of the Word repetitive and in context. We recommend25 to 30 chapters a week. The idea is to allow the Word of God to be firmly planted into the heart andmind of each person. When we come together we ask one another if we have completed our weeklyreading. Many times one or both people will not have finished the weekly reading. This is ok – theidea is push our reading and stretch our ability to read as well as allowing time for us to go over andover these portions of scripture until it sinks in deep, and the Holy Spirit is able to teach us. We desireto be changed by the Word, and to be people of the Word.If the book of the Bible is smaller than 25-30 chapters then read it two or three times in the week tryingto make it equal to 25- 30 chapters. If the book is larger, like Genesis, then split up into segments of 25chapters. You may choose to read a section of Scripture, like Psalm 19, seven times during the week.Or Mathew 5-7, the Sermon on the mount. There is no set pattern, only that you read large volumesand repeat it until everyone has completed the reading in a weeks time.It is here that the Bible will begin to come to life as you read these large portions and then discuss whatGod is speaking to you concerning what you read. Share with one another what God is saying to you personally, how God is using the Word to change your life and etc. You cannot imagine the power thatwill be released by this kind of reading. Having all two or three people reading the same portions of Scripture over and over and then allowing God to speak through each one to the other(s).
Prayer for the unbeliever(s):
Each member of your Peer 2 Peer group is to share the names of two people God has placed on your heart who need to come to a place where they make Jesus Lord of their lives. You will list these nameson your book mark. When you come together weekly the third phase is to pray for each person listed.Imagine the power you are releasing! Not only are you praying for your friends/family but now, one or two others are as well.The book mark is to be placed in your Bible. Each day that you sit down to read, you can then pray for one person on that list. Below is a simple prayer pattern along with the scriptures that teach us to praythis way for those who do not know Jesus as Lord. With this system, the person(s) who is listed for strategic prayer is prayed for two or three times by two or three different people each week.1.I pray, Lord, that You draw____ to Yourself. (John 6:44)