We are learning to abide, or remain, in the teachings of Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit has led us to study the Bible together in order to make disciples and send missionaries to preach good news to the last, the least, and the lost. Through the words one of our youth ministry volunteers spoke, we believe God is moving us to abide in the whole Bible in four years together as a church, starting September 2017.
A team of Bible leaders, shepherds, and staff works with the preacher to plan series of teachings for the Sunday worship gathering at 10:45 am and in 9:30 am classes. Rather than preachers and teachers working alone or based on our whims, we will all work together under one overall Bible discipleship plan.
We believe the Bible ought to be studied in community so we can discern together how to live it out. We will increase our focus on abiding in the word of God in communities in order to make disciples and send missionaries. The community helps form disciples who have a deepening relationship with God, read the Bible for transformation, live out the teachings in fruitfulness, and ultimately become missionaries. The short hand for these four areas of discipleship are BELONG, SERVE, GROW, GO, described more fully below.
Our mission is to invite all people into Christ centered life, and our vision is to be a church where all people are welcomed and become missionaries. In order to accomplish this mission and vision, we need a vigorous, intentional, biblical, focused discipleship strategy. We have been working on this focus to become more of a discipling body of Christ for several years, and it’s time in this re-launch of The Journey that we truly make this the one thing that we are about: discipleship.
Four Movements of Discipleship
Our goal as leaders is to help ourselves and others discern, "What is my next step of discipleship?" A question for everyone, whether a new Christian or long-time Christian is, "What's my next step of discipleship?" In our lifetimes, we take thousands of steps of discipleship. For one person coming to church is a step. For another it's learning to live a non-judgmental life. For another it's beginning to pray. For another it's being baptized. For another it's overcoming an addiction and joining recovery. For another the next step is joining a Bible study. For another the next step is giving to the church. For another the next step is going on a short-term mission. For another the next step is serving in the children's or youth or serving in the community care efforts we have regularly during the week.
There are thousands of steps, but there are four major movements that we intentionally plan for ourselves and others at The Journey. We have categorized discipleship into four movements, within which there are infinite kinds of steps as mentioned above. These four discipleship movements happen over our lifetimes and each has a big question: How can I belong? How can I grow? How can I serve? How can I go?
HOW CAN I BELONG? Regular large and small worship and teaching gatherings, fellowships, activities help people relate and belong in the body of Christ. Life transformation begins when someone submits to exiting self-centered life and enters life with God and others. We have flipped the order of communion to welcome all people to the table of Jesus as one of the entry points of community. Since Jesus welcomed all people to His table, we believe He calls us to welcome all people without barriers of denomination, ethnicity, moral standing to the table if the person is willing to submit to eating the bread that represents Christ's body and drink the cup that represents Christ's blood shed to forgive the sins of the world. The big question is, "How can I belong?"
HOW CAN I GROW? Teaching and communal worship helps all people grow deeper in love with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, confess their sins, receive baptism, and commune at the Lord’s Table. The big question is, "How can I grow?" We will help people understand they are leading themselves and others, not dependent fully on the church for spiritual growth, building the kingdom.
HOW CAN I SERVE? Service learning and training helps people become Christ-centered disciples who learn how to teach others the gospel, counsel, support, pastor, and model the life of Christ in ministry and service. Transformation is measured in fruitfulness, as people move from self-centered to Christ centered lives. Our call is to serve the last, the least, and the lost. The big question is, "How can I serve?"
HOW CAN I GO? Prayer and preparation helps people build the kingdom locally and globally as missionaries who go short and long-term to areas where the needs are greatest in the world, where the gospel and name of Jesus has not been proclaimed. We will help one another find our place in the body of Christ and use our gifts in the Kingdom of God together (Philippians 2:10). Success will be seen when people allow God to guide them as missionaries locally and globally both short and long term. The big question is, "How can I go?"
Next planning meeting April 17, 2017, 6-9 pm at The Journey Outpost, 3171 S 129th East Ave.
Jan-Feb '17: NEW START: Baptism as God's Transforming Work. Exploring Jesus' baptism, conversion stories in Acts, and theology on baptism in Paul's writings.
March-April '17: Lent - we will be using "Seek God for the City" Prayer guides as a church. We will also be in a mini-series connected with the release of The Shack.
AFTER EASTER TILL OUR 4-YEAR LAUNCH SEP 3, 2017
Those who have expressed interest or Greg has asked if interested in preaching:
Jo Morton (May 7), Robert Garland, Pam Rushmore, Nate Donley, Quinn Fields, Dale Brown, Brian Baker, Lindsey Baker, Cory and Hannah Legg, Jacob Taylor.
Big Idea for the Summer 2017
The big idea for the summer is preparing, packing, understanding scripture to get ready for our 4-year Bible journey. So we will be using N.T. Wright's, Scripture and The Authority of God. One of the main principles that will govern our 4-year path is that authority comes from God, and we need to discuss how the Bible is a conduit for that authority. Second principle, as another example, is that we are entering as continuous learners or disciples, accepting that we are not trying to make the Bible "accessible, relevant, and relatable" . . . these are words and ideas of our contemporary culture that actually prevent us from entering the strange world of scripture and learning to accept that God does not conform to our logic, our brains, our ways are not His ways (Isaiah 55), so we are aware not to simply conform the Bible to a "program" of pre-determined conclusions. Most churches will not try this, have to establish their political and doctrinal positions, but we believe God, His authority, the long history of God's people listening anew for God's voice in His word and seeking God's face. These are two examples of principles that we will set in place this summer so we do not enter the 4-year path with misconceptions about what we are doing with the Bible.
April 23 Greg - Shacks into Mansions
April 30 Justin Cherry - Missionary New Zealand preaching
May 7 Jo Morton - Belong, Serve, Grow, Go
May 14 Mother’s Day Card from Jesus
May 21 Don’t Waste Your Life! (Satan’s Advice to Young Adults)
May 28 Graduation Sunday
June 4 God's Holy Fire! Rediscovering the Word of God
June 11 God's Holy Fire! The Bible as God's Authoritative Word (N.T. Wright)
June 18 God's Holy Fire! The (W)hole of Scripture: Israel and God's Kingdom People
June 25 God's Holy Fire! Knowing HIStory and the Gorgeous Mosaic of Scripture
July 2 God's Holy Fire! Reading the Bible with Jesus
July 9 God's Holy Fire! Reading the Bible for All Its Worth (Ancient Eyes)
July 16 God's Holy Fire! Reading the Bible for All Its Worth (Theology)
July 23 [Guest Speaker]
July 30 [Guest Speaker]
Aug 6 [Guest Speaker] Honduras Trip Sendoff
Aug 13 [Guest Speaker]
Aug 20 God's Holy Fire! Packing List for Our 4-Year Journey, Training in Godliness
Aug 27 God's Holy Fire! Packing List for Our 4-Year Journey, Reading Scripture with The Church
September 3, 2017: Begin Four Years in God's Word
Four Year Bible Plan
All ages walk together through God’s word in four one-year cycles. ABCD: The simple ABCD method will help all Bible leaders have a similar approach that helps all people become disciples.
When we Abide in prayer, listening to what God says in the Bible and Spirit-filled Community, we grow less self centered and more Christ centered, making Disciples who become missionaries and build for the kingdom of God.
We keep asking the following questions of these Bible texts:
- What is God saying and doing?
- What does God want us to be and do?
Bible study leaders and preachers work together, leading the congregation to hear “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).
Goals for Four Year Journey in God’s Word
BELONG: Bible- and Spirit-led communities grow together deeper in Christ centered life.
GROW: Read, reflect, journal, pray through every book in the Bible in four years.
SERVE: We learn how to serve by asking, What is God saying? What is God doing? What does God want us to be? What does God want us to do?
GO: Disciples learn to live into and out of the word of God with the goal of becoming missionaries.
Practices and Procedures of the Four Year Journey in God’s Word
Bible books have been chosen for each year by categories, with a good “diet” of genres each year.
Bible group leaders and staff will plan annually how to approach each year’s “ABCD”s. This includes teachers having a clear way forward for what they will teach and how they will participate in the year to come.
Bulletin will now be used as a tool for the four year path, to give weekly resources for this journey.
Web site will have a set of pages specifically for the four year journey and interacting with the texts, journaling, devotionals, prayers, resources.
Bible Leaders will send in lesson plans for staff to put online so those in the Bible studies can access those resources anytime, archives and current material being studied.
An overall logo will be chosen for the whole four years.
A logo for each series by category (Prison Letters, Exile, Pentateuch) will be developed with similar look and feel to main logo.
Video themes will be given to the Journey Media group and those who can make videos for upcoming Bible themes.
Memory verses will be part of the learning.
Particular Bible resources will be used and referenced by leaders and available for the church, including the International English Bible, The Renovare Bible, the Transforming Word Commentary, online resources at our site.
Discovery Bible Study Questions
Read the Bible together three times . . . after each reading ask a further question below. You decide when to read and when to ask each question and have different people read. Give time for people to think and get comfortable with silence till people talk.
1. What do you like about the story we just read?
2. What do you not like about story?
3. What do you think this chapter is saying to the audience that originally received it?
4. What is the story and teaching saying to us today?
5. What is the story calling us/me to believe?
6. What is the story calling us/me to do?
7. What actions, words, attitudes of mine are not obedient to this teaching I’ve read today?
8. Who can I share this story with this week? How can I share it in words and actions?