Jesus is the central figure in Christianity. He was and is the most effective and compelling leader in all of recorded history. He was born into a lower class family to a teenage mum and worked as a carpenter until aged 30. But then he took 12 ordinary blokes – fishermen and tax collectors – and changed the world. Not only did many follow Him while he led on earth 2000 years ago, but His profound model and teachings have continued to influence over 2 billion followers today.
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This simple but effective illustration has been used by Navigators for more than fifty years. It helps Christians understand what they are called to do as disciples of Christ. Each part of this illustration represents a crucially important component of a vital Christian life.
Use this illustration to gain understanding about important spiritual disciplines in your own life. What areas encourage you? What areas challenge you?
God created us in His own image to be His friend and to experience a full life assured of his love, abundant and eternal. He did not make us robots to automatically love and obey him, but he gave us a will and a freedom of choice. We chose to disobey God and go our own wilful way. This results in separation from God. Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem. He died on the cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and people.
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The sovereign, majestic, all powerful, all knowing, all wise, all loving, present everywhere, creator, redeemer God speaks to us today through His word. It is, therefore, hard to overstate the importance of the Word of God! One of our proven resources is the “Word Hand”. It shows five very important methods of learning from the Bible: Hearing, Reading, Studying, Memorising and Meditating.
Many believers find that prayer, especially spending long amounts of time in prayer, can be one of the hardest parts of spiritual discipline. One of our trusted resources on prayer is the Prayer Hand, an easy way to remember five essential aspects of prayer: confession, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.
If you want to memorise Scripture, but aren’t sure what to memorise or how, this system is exactly what you need to begin hiding God’s word in your heart. The Topical Memory System is the clear, simple, proven way to meditate on key Bible verses. As a result, you can experience freedom from anxiety, triumph over temptation, gain confidence in witnessing and achieve spiritual fitness.
As we grow in Christ, it’s important that we learn to dig into the Word of God for ourselves and not depend solely on the instruction of others. Consider the challenge from the writer of Hebrews: “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:13,14 NIV). One of the best ways to get to the “solid food” of the Word is through “inductive” Bible study. The inductive method makes observations on a passage of Scripture and then draws conclusions based on those observations. Commonly, this method is defined by three parts: observation, interpretation, and application.
Daily devotions are uninterrupted, unhurried time in the Word of God (Bible), prayer and scriptural meditation. The Bible is penetrating (Hebrews 4:12) and as we read it, reflect on it and meditate on it, the Spirit is able to give us enlightenment concerning its meaning and His desired application for our lives.” There is rest, security, and certainty when we are near to the heart of God, and part of how we get there is to spend time with God, to listen to Him, learn from Him, and love Him.