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  1. Spending Time with God: Lesson 1 Prayer Time in the Word Fellowship Service Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  2. Introduction • 6 week course – No meeting Nov 24 • Ways to get closer to God by spending time with Him daily. • What happens as we draw closer to Him? Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  3. Testimony • PK & MK • Strong Christian Foundation • Checklist vs. Relationship Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  4. Why are you here? Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  5. Stretch Armstrong • Could not stretch himself • Once you let go, he would return to normal size My terms. My process. = Not effective God has to do the work Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  6. Transformed: • II Corinthians 3:18 • And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. • Exodus 34 (Masveh) Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  7. Who’s job is it anyway? • Our Role – Surrender Daily • His Role – Transform us into His image Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  8. Can I ever be perfect? • No perfection until heaven • Perfection is still our goal • Philippians 3:10-12a • Know Christ • Know the power of resurrection • Share in suffering • Become like Him in death Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  9. Focus Philippians 3:12b-14 • Forget what is behind • Press on toward the goal • Colossians 3:2 Summary: Change that lasts and that is always beneficial can be achieved by spending time with God on a daily basis. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  10. Where do we start? Exodus 33:13 • Starts with a simple, sincere prayer • Learn his ways by reading the Bible Exercise: Split into groups of 2-3 • Ask God to teach you, stretch you and show you what fellowship with Him will look like. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  11. Evidence of relationship • Shallow • Name • Age • Address • Deep • Use their house when they are not there • Use their shower • Do a load of laundry Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  12. Get to know your neighbor Exercise: Split into pairs and take turns describing your “Perfect Day”. • Family / Friends • Sunny / Rainy • Fishing / Boating • Relaxing / Skydiving • Alone / With a Group Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  13. Pure Heart • Cleansed heart • The Blood of Christ has cleansed me of all sin • Single Minded • One ambition in life: Philippians 3:8 Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  14. Eternal Life • John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Knowing God is the privilege of everybody - Few people actually experience it though. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  15. Circumcised Heart • What’s wrong with this picture? Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  16. Things that get in the way… • Too busy • Kids activities • Ministry • Simple things of life • Facebook • Twitter • TV • Texting Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  17. Ministry of Jesus – Time intensive • What ministry are you involved in? • Brother to Brother • Weekly / Monthly • Lock In • Camping Trip Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  18. WDJD? • Mark 1:35-37 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  19. Lonely places • Healing of the man with leprosy • Luke 5:15-16 15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. • Harder for Jesus to get alone • Jesus still made it a priority Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  20. Time Alone • Have you done this alone lately? • Dinner by your self • Gone to a movie by your self • Alone in a crowd • Texting, Facebook at the table • Camping alone Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  21. Pastor Alan RedpathVictorious Christian Living If a man would walk with God, if a man would live a holy life, if a man would assume authority and hold it down, because God holds him down, he has to know what it is to pay the price of a closed door -sometimes even his family are on the other side- for no Christian leader is more effective in his leadership than when he is alone with God, on his knees… For the greatesttransactions of a man’s experience are made, not in a church, but behind closed doors. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  22. Dr. Andrew A Bonar In order to grow in grace we must be much alone. It is not in society that the soul grows most vigorously. In one single, quiet hour of prayer it will often make more progress than in days of company with others. It is in the desert that the dew falls freshest and the air is purest. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  23. Ministry – serving others • Luke 10:38-42 • James 4:8 Come near to God and He will come near to you… • Mary, not Martha received the blessing. • Remember the garage? • Overflowing Peace – comes from God being your number one priority and through fellowship with Him. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  24. Homework Challenge: • Get alone this week – Bible & Prayer • Sawgrass – Dirt Trail on NE side of park • LEAVE YOUR PHONE IN THE CAR! • Backyard • Hammock, lawn chair, climb a tree • Closet (Leave a note) • Buy a book light at the dollar store. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  25. Just for fun - perspective • Luke 2: 1-16 • How do you explain this story to a child who has never been on a farm? • They put him in the “Doggie Dish” Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15