Introduction in Intentional Faith Development 10022010 10.10.10 JUMC 5 Practices

Exodus 18:20 – Teach them the statutes and instructions and make known to them the way they are to go and the things they are to do.

Deuteronomy 6:6-8 – Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Psalm 25:4-5a – Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me.

Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a light to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 143:10 – Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.

Proverbs 9:9 – Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still; teach the righteous, and they will gain in learning.

Mark 4:2 – He began to teach them many things in parables.

Mark 9:24 – Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Luke 2:52 – And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

Acts 2:42 – They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Acts 4:18-20 – So they [the Jewish Council] called them [Peter and John] and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and Johns answered them, “Whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.

Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom.

2 Timothy 1:5 – I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.

Hebrews 5:12b-14 – You need milk, not solid food; for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, for those who faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.

From Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase:

p. 63 – Learning in community replicates the way Jesus deliberately taught his disciples. His followers grew in their understanding of God and matured in their awareness of God’s will for their lives as they listened to Jesus’ stories, instructions, and lessons while gathering around dinner tables, on hillsides, and at the Temple. Jesus taught us to learn our faith this way.

p. 63 – Learning in community helps people explore possibilities that God may have for them that they never would have considered on their own.

pp. 63-34 – [Paul] presents faith not as something static, a possession, or an all or nothing proposition, but rather as something we grow into and strive toward. . . .
Christian faith is dynamic. It requires cultivation.

p. 65 – Bible study is not just about self-improvement but about setting ourselves where God can shape us, intentionally opening ourselves to God’s Word and call.

1. A garden does not plant itself. Preparation, Planting, Tending, Harvesting, Repeat..

2. Our Faith Development Never stops, it can continue to mature and become exponential.

3. Unintentional Faith Development are the moments beyond our control, but are not enough.

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