How to Stand on Solid Ground- Series Review

“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” –Psalm 40:2
 
This month we have been studying about the concepts behind our new name and how to apply them to our lives. Here is a summary of what we have been talking about the past few weeks:
 

How to stand on Solid Ground:

  • Grow in your relationship with Christ

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.” – 2 Peter 3:18 (HCSB)

Ways to Grow:

  1. Spend Time with God- in His word (the Bible), in prayer, worshiping Him
  2. Connect with others- by going to church, being with other Christians
  3. Serve- in the church, in the community, in the world

 

  • Take Root in your faith by continuing to follow Christ

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:7 (NLT)

How to continue to follow Christ

  1. Study God’s word
  2. Make following Jesus your number one priority, not just a small part of your life
  3. Find other Christians so that you can support each other
  4. Find a Christian Mentor

 

  • Outreach to your community through serving, giving, and sharing the love of Christ

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”- Matthew 25:35-40 (HCSB)

How to outreach:

  1. Be a light- in your home, in your school, wherever you go
  2. Find ways to bring Christ into the conversation- Talk about your faith, invite friends to church and youth group, use different tools like Christian t shirts, bookmarks, bracelets, etc. to make people curious about what they mean so they will ask you to explain it to them
  3. Volunteer- use your talents to make a difference in your community. It’s a simple as helping a younger kid with their homework, baking cookies for a neighbor, visiting the nursing home, or doing something nice for teachers in your school. Use these as opportunities to be a good example of Christ and to share your faith.
  4. Give- give time, give money, give effort. It won’t go unnoticed by God. He will bless you for it.

 

  • Understand spiritual truths through the Holy Spirit

“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.”-1 Corinthians 2:12-13 (ESV)

What are spiritual truths and how do we understand them?

Spiritual truths are found in God’s word, the Bible. For example, the parables that Jesus told were meant to teach spiritual truths or lessons about “the kingdom of heaven”

How to understand spiritual truths in the Bible:

  1. Read. Read. Read. – I know I’ve said this over and over again but the more your study the bible the more you will understand. Often you will find connections between different passages you read. Take note of these.
  2. Read in Context- If a verse is confusing, read those before and after it. If the meaning is still unclear read the paragraph/section/ chapter for more clarification.
  3. Pray- Pray and ask God to help you understand His word. If you believe and have received Christ as your Savior and Lord, He has given you the Holy Spirit to help you understand truths found in the Bible (as mentioned in the verse above). Be very patient and listen carefully for how God is speaking to you through his word.
  4. Ask- Ask a Christian who is knowledgeable of scripture. Ask your student ministry leader, Sunday School Teacher or Pastor. Bring up your questions on Wednesday night or Sundays. We love questions and will do our best to give your answers from God’s word.
  5. Research- Research sounds boring but it brings so much to the table when studying the bible. Find out the time and setting of when the scripture was written that you were reading. Learning about cultures and traditions of people in the Bible also helps bring light and a deeper understanding to the text when reading.

 

  • Nurture and cultivate relationships by showing care, giving encouragement, and being patient with others

“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (ESV)

How to have good relationships and care for them:

  1. Be an encourager- Try to stay positive and have a “glass half full”  kind of attitude
  2. Be a helper- find ways to meet people’s needs and to serve
  3. Be patient- Getting along is tough sometimes, stick it out

 

  • Disciple others by sharing and living out the gospel in their schools, among their friends, and where ever they may be.

“Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”- Matthew 28:19-20 (HCSB)

How to BE a disciple:

  1. A true disciple makes disciples
  2. A disciple is equipped: Ephesians 6:10-18
  3. A disciple bears fruit: Galatians 5:22-23
  4. A disciple evangelizes- Evangelism is simply telling others about Christ
  5. A disciple trains others in order to make more disciples