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How Do

You
Experienc
e God? John Isaacs
November 29, 2009
Kingsway Community Church
James 4:8
Draw near to
God and He will
draw near to you.
3 Steps to
take, in the
pursuit of a
relationship
1
Remove
Every
Barrier
That
Creates a
2
Increase
Your
Knowledge
Of Who
The Bible
3
Pursue an
Intimate
Relationshi
p with
Jesus.
Real
Intimacy
Has
Three
1.
Encounte
r
2.
1
Encounter
ing
Jesus
Christ
We Encounter
Jesus, with the Holy
Spirit’s Help …
• In His Word
• In Prayer
• In Worship
• In Fellowship
2
Building A
Relations
hip With
Jesus
By
Spending
Time
3
On
Mission
with Jesus
• Obey
• Serve
• Give
• Go
Christianity is …

Primarily a
RELATIONSH
IP
We
John 17:3
And this is the way to
have eternal life - to
know You, the only
true God, and Jesus
Christ, the One You sent
to earth.
to know You
Greek Word “to know” is
ginosko.
“to know” for the Greek
mind is “to acquire
intellectual
understanding of …”
to know You
Hebrew Word “to know”
is yada.
“to know” for the
Hebrew mind is “to have
knowledge by
understanding and
John 15:4
Abide in me, and I in you. As
the branch cannot bear fruit
by itself, unless it abides in
the vine, neither can you,
unless you abide in me.
To Abide
• To remain in the state
of connectedness.
• To not pull away or
pull apart from.
5
unique
abiding
1.
contemplativ
• Enjoy solitude and silence.
• Enjoy meditation and reflection.
• Extended worship and prayer times.
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• High spiritual sensitivity.
• Tend to come across a little “weird.”
• Often great song writers and authors.
• Can feel drained if they spend too
much time around people.
2.
intellectual
• Enjoy reading and studying the Word.
• Enjoy intellectually challenging books.
• They look for substance and theology.
• Once convinced they are passionate.
• Tend to come across a little stubborn.
• Able to explain what they believe.
• Can become skeptical of experience.
3. active
• Enjoy serving others for Christ.
• Enjoy being an instrument of God.
• They thrive on “kingdom” activity.
• They love to see growth and progress.
• They are good at motivating others.
• Tend to make good church planters.
• Too much activity can hinder intimacy.
4.
relational
• Prefer corporate prayer and worship.
• Enjoy group study more than individual.
• They thrive on fellowship.
• They love the concept of community.
• They are primarily motivated by others.
• They enjoy hearing testimonies.
• Can be too dependent on others’ faith.
5. spiritual
• Thrive on feeling God’s presence.
• Love spiritual warfare and supernatural.
• They seek out spiritual experiences.
• Active faith in praying for others.
• They are energized by God’s power.
• Enjoy dynamic praise and worship.
• Can be too dependent on feelings.
Romans 12:3
For by the grace given to me I
say to everyone among you not
to think of himself more highly
than he ought to think, but to
think with sober judgment, each
according to the measure of
faith that God has assigned.
Romans 12:4-6
4
For as in one body we have many
members, and the members do not
all have the same function, so
5

we, though many, are one body in
Christ, and individually members
one of another. 6 Having gifts that
differ according to the grace given
to us.
contemplativ
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 intellectual

 active

 relational

Romans 12:10
Be kindly affectionate to one
another with brotherly love,
in honor giving
preference to one
another.