Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
You will need to watch a video in advance—Andy Stanley “Five Things God Uses to Grow your Faith” from Right Now Media . . . Wednesday topic will be Private Disciplines (mostly on prayer and giving). If you need help getting on Right Now media, contact Gyna at the church office.
Watch video, see notes below, then tune into Freedom Church Owasso Facebook page on Wednesday at 7pm. I’ll give a short video recap and we’ll have a short online Q/A.
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“Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith”
by Andy Stanley
Right Now Media, Video session 10
“Private Disciplines, full message”
Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith
- Practical teaching (from the Bible)
- Providential relationships
- Private disciplines
- Personal ministry
- Pivotal circumstances
SUMMARY: The private disciplines of prayer, spending time with God, and giving financially will help your faith grow strong.
What does the word “discipline” conjure up for you? “Supposed to . . .” Good? Bad? Elusive? Punishment? Monotony? Jealously? Pride? Etc.
Discipline is all about delayed gratification. When it’s part of your lifestyle, what began as a discipline can later become a pleasure.
Spiritual disciplines often have more to do with your faith than helping others (“in you, for you, for your faith”).
Faith is like a muscle, the more you exercise it—stretch it, exhaust it—the stronger it becomes.
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:1-6
It is easier for us to trust God with our eternity because our eternal destiny is totally in His hands. But in using our time and money, we have choices. It takes faith to invest our time and money in the things of God.
You’re going to run out of time before you run out of money (we act oppositely); take this most valuable asset (time) and invest it in prayer.
On a scale of 1-10, how disciplined are you in: Prayer? Personal Bible reading? Financial giving?
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark,
he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35