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The Domino Effect 2013

Geelong, Victoria

GETTING READY TO SHARE
Matt Parra

Introduction
We cannot share what we do not have. We cannot effectively preach what we have not
experienced. Every person who intends to effectively communicate the messages of Christ
must have an experience with Christ. This class is geared to inspire you to develop a
meaningful devotional life which in turn will prepare you to share.

What Happens If You Fail To Connect With Christ
1 Mt 17:24-27
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Our Heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing.
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DA pg. 330

2 Mt 26:36-46
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Mt 26:47-54

Mt 26:55-56

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Not all who take hold of the work will be of the same temperament They will not be men of
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the same education or training and they will just as surely work at cross purposes as they are
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different in character, unless they are daily converted men Ev p100
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Jesus the Bread of Life The Scriptures are the Word of God given to men through the Holy Spirit. If . " About Devotions... Scripture is Jesus Christ articulated." How do we eat of this bread? Verse 63. Lk 9:23) 2 . and let all my work be wrought in Thee.. Should I have a devotion every day? Deut 33:25 (Rom 8:13. Psalm 88:13 Consecrate yourself to God in the morning. What time of day is best for having a devotion? Psalm 143:8. " words that I speak they are spirit and they are life The life giving power of Jesus Christ is . Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God. I lay all my plans at Your feet. .4 Acts 19:13-16 . This is a daily matter. to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ. ". How long should devotional time be? 3 .. "Take me. They reveal the . as wholly Yours.. O Lord. Eph 6:17. Abide with me.? 1 . anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. infused in the Word and this is why Peter says "being born again not of corruptible seed but . through the incorruptible Word of God which lives and abides forever . make this your very first work. character of God and testify of Jesus Christ Jesus is the Word of God personified and . " is why Jesus in John 6:51 says I am the living bread which came down from heaven. Surrender all your plans to Him. STC d70 In Exodus 16:11-21 we find the answers to these questions as well.the . Use me today in Your " service. Let your prayer be. When a man or woman makes the Word of God their mental and emotional food they are actually imbibing the person of Christ in written form This .

Impatience Mt 13:44. We should make the psalmist s " petition our own: Open Thou mine eyes. It is the secret of spiritual power. 7. Ruler 6 Instrument . warnings. Bible Commentary 4 Notebook . if we need another medium then we will eventually become crippled. Isaiah 30:15 . Ez 14:1-4. Pens. Pencil. Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Bible(s) 2 Concordance . PP pa 509 4 . not the one they heard about. If we do not actually have direct communication with God through His Word. admonished by its . Acts 4:20 The disciples died for the Christ they knew. The men of prayer are the men of power. Prov 2:3-5 2 . John 7:17 4 . 5 . Private Place Prayer is Essential 1 The Bible should never be studied without prayer. Not doing what the Word says Js 1:22. that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law. 3 . GW pa 35 True prayer involves honest communication. Irregular schedule Tools 1 . The Holy Spirit alone can cause us to feel . Audio sermon? Devotional Book? Listening to Music? All of these things are a blessing and a benefit to us as Christians and are not wrong to use in our devotional time but they are not in themselves the ideal. the importance of those things easy to be understood. Lk 24:39. Devotional Guide 8. Expecting it to be immediately enjoyable Luke 5:36-39 3 ." Psalm 119:18 GC pa 600 / 1 Cor 2:14. Prayer is the breath of the soul. Silence is your friend. 15 2 . Hos 7:14. or prevent us from wresting truths difficult of comprehension. Factors That Hinder Devotion 1 . It is the office of heavenly angels to prepare the heart so to ' comprehend God s word that we shall be charmed with its beauty. No other means of grace can be substituted. Ps 66:18 (Balaam) 5 . and the health of the soul be preserved* GW p254 3 . or animated and strengthened by its promises.Devotional Books And Tapes? (A Lesson From The Well) John 4:39-42. Mt 13:19.

You must empty yourselves of every prejudice and come in the spirit of prayer to the investigation of the word of God. pondered in the heart. There is nothing more calculated to strengthen the intellect than the study of the Scriptures. but should study the word of God ourselves. thus fixing it in the mind. hidden treasure that Satan has so long sought to hide from man The Lord says. and seek wisdom from heaven in order to separate human inventions from the divine commands. . accords best with the truth as it is in Jesus. ennobling truths of the Bible. One passage thus studied until its significance is clear is of more value than the perusal of many chapters with no definite purpose in view and no positive instruction gained. Education pg. And such study will be richly repaid. It is proper and right to read the Bible. eternal welfare. One passage studied until its significance is clear to the mind. We must search . and this means the doing of all the word implies. 308 . we shall have crippled energies and contracted abilities. You should feel that you must know the revealed will of God. and none will mistake and lose their way except those who follow their own judgment instead of the plainly revealed will of God. . 189 In daily study the verse-by-verse method is often most helpful. You are not to take your ideas to the Bible and make your opinions a center around which truth is to revolve. when aided by the Holy Spirit. comparing scripture with scripture. so will he who perseveringly searches the word of God as for hid treasure. will be as streams flowing from the fountain of life. It is for this reason that Satan has made such desperate efforts to obstruct the path that has been cast up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk in. with self hid in Christ. and spiritual things with spiritual. fix the texts in your memory. The noble powers of the mind may be so dwarfed by lack of exercise on themes worthy of their concentration as to lose their ability to grasp the deep meaning of the word of God. 331 The Bible with its precious gems of truth was not written for the scholar alone. on the contrary.Fundamentals of Christian Education pp 307. subdued hearts. As you have opportunity. a nobility of character. to give vigor to the faculties. On the contrary. One may read the whole Bible through. mind on ascertaining the thought that God has put into that verse for him and then dwell upon the thought until it . No other book is so potent to > elevate the thoughts. We should not take the testimony of any man as to what the Scriptures teach. We cannot obtain wisdom without earnest attention and prayerful study. The great truths necessary for salvation are made as clear as noonday. to be seen at a glance. prayer. Some portions of Scripture are indeed too plain to be misunderstood. As the miner eagerly explores the earth to discover its veins of gold so you are to explore the word of God for the . but there are others whose meaning does not lie on the surface. Scripture must be compared with scripture. you may read a passage. teaching. There must be careful research and prayerful reflection. with earnest . it was designed for the common people. If God s word were studied as it should be. and its relation to the plan of salvation is evident. men would have a breadth of mind. Fundamentals of Christian Education Pg 58 The Bible was not written for the scholar alone. If we allow others to do our thinking. it was designed for the common people. The Bible is a directory by which you may know the way to eternal life. and meditate upon it. Keep your Bible with you. Let the student take one verse and concentrate the. As the miner discovers veins of precious metal concealed beneath the surface of the earth. and a stability of purpose that is rarely seen in these times. The Holy Spirit will aid the seeker for great and precious truths which relate to the plan of redemption I would impress . "If any man wills to do His will he shall know of the . . The mind will enlarge if it is employed in tracing out the subjects of the Bible. to guide you every step of the way to the gates of the city of . seek for the hidden treasure. God. is of more value than the perusal of many chapters with no definite purpose in view and no positive instruction gained. But there is but little benefit derived from a hasty reading of the Scriptures. find truths of the greatest value. V. You should not search for the purpose of finding texts of Scripture that you can construe to prove your theories. for the word of God declares that this is wresting the Scriptures to your own destruction. becomes his own. The knowledge of God Is not to be gained without mental effort without prayer for wisdom in order that you may separate from the . upon all the fact that a casual reading of the Scriptures is not enough . as the broad. and yet fail to see its beauty or comprehend its deep and hidden meaning. Satan and his confederacy of human agents have endeavored to mix the chaff of error with the wheat of truth We should diligently . and the interpretation given by the common people. pure grain of truth the chaff with which men and Satan have misrepresented the doctrines of truth. You should desire above all things that you may know the will and ways of the Lord. because it concerns your personal. Even while you are walking the streets. but your duty does not end there. Testimonies to the Church Volume 5 pg. for you are to search its pages for yourselves ." John 7:17 (R. read it. You are to lay aside your ideas at the door of investigation and with humble. you are to seek wisdom from God.) The word of God is truth and light and is to be a lamp unto your feet. The words of inspiration. which are concealed from the view of the careless seeker. .

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