Prayer Guide – 3rd Quarter 2016 (July – September)

one-million-minutes-logo1 320x320A Disciple Of Jesus Christ

In this quarter of praying the scriptures for a Million Minutes of Prayer we will focus on being and making disciples.  We will answer the question what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?  You will be challenged to see how your life measures up to what the scriptures says about being a disciple.   
 
Avery Willis developed the Masterlife series of Bible study.  Masterlife is a premiere discipleship Bible study that teaches people how to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  More important, it teaches a follower of Christ how to make disciples.   Much of the material in this prayer guide is adapted from Avery Willis’ work.  If you follow the day to day scriptures, you will be challenged to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
Before a person can go and make disciples, he must first become a disciple.  He must be able to model what it means to be a disciple of Christ.  So what is a disciple of Christ? 
 

A disciple of Christ is:

  • He who is a follower of Christ denies self and takes up his cross daily, and follows him.  (Luke 9:23)
  • He who is a follower of Christ disciplines his life to daily spend time in the word of God and prayer.  (John 8:31-32; 15:1-8)
  • He who is a follower of Christ spends time fellowshipping with other disciples encouraging and worshipping God.  (Hebrews 10:19-25)
  • He who is a follower of Christ witnesses and gives testimony to the hope that is within him/her.  He/she bears fruit for God and so proves to be his disciple.  (Acts 1:8, John 15:16)
  • A follower of Christ engages him or herself in the ministry of the church.  (Matthew 25:31-46)
  • Followers of a Suffering Servant Messiah will be a suffering servant people.  (Philippians 2:1-18)
  • He who is a follower of Christ  presents his body a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1-2)
  • He who is a follower of Christ is filled with the Holy Spirit and produces the fruit of the Spirit.  (Galatians 5:22-23)  
 
This quarter of MMOP will be a challenge to all of us to live a life of a disciple to the praise and glory of God.   
Note: A few scriptures are intentionally repeated.  

 

Week 43: 7/3/2016 – 7/9/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – The five stages of a disciple are part of a life long journey. Every believer was once an unbeliever. The disciple’s journey starts as a babe in Christ and advances through a process of growth that enables the disciple to multiply and labor effectively alongside other believers.)
  • Day One – Unbeliever – 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:1-5
  • Day Two – A babe in Christ – 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
  • Day Three – A growing disciple – 1 Corinthians 3:5-9
  • Day Four – A multiplying leader – 1 Corinthians 4:1; 3:10-18
  • Day Five – Co-laborer in Christ – 1 Corinthians 3:7-9; 4:8-21
  • Day Six – A disciple presses toward the goal. – Philippians 3:12-19
  • Day Seven – A disciple fights the good fight. – 2 Timothy 4:1-8

 

Week 44: 7/10/2016 – 7/16/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – A disciple of Jesus Christ commits his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.)

  • Day One – The commitment of a disciple – Luke 9:23
  • Day Two – The scope of the commitment – Luke 14:25-33
  • Day Three – The Cost of being a disciple – Matthew 16:24-28
  • Day Four – A role model to follow – 1 Corinthians 11:1, Acts 20:17-38
  • Day Five – The servanthood of a disciple – John 12:20-26
  • Day Six – Disciples who follow a Suffering Servant Messiah become suffering servant people – Matthew 16:21-23; 17:22-23, 2 Peter 1:16-25
  • Day Seven – A Philippian 2 disciple of Christ – Philippians 2:1-18
 

Week 45: 7/17/2016 – 7/23/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – A disciple of Jesus Christ surrenders his life to abide in Christ. The following scriptures show what it looks like, you in Christ and Christ in you.)

  • Day One – Abide in Christ – John 15:1-7
  • Day Two – A disciple bears fruit by abiding in His love – John 15:8-17
  • Day Three – A disciple’s walk – 1 John 2:1-6
  • Day Four – A disciple’s life in the spirit – Romans 8:1-11
  • Day Five – A disciple of Christ strives for righteousness in the power of the Holy Spirit – John 14:15-17, Philippians 3:1-21
  • Day Six – A disciple’s power within, the power of the Spirit – Ephesians 3:14-21
  • Day Seven – A disciple is a child of God. – 1 John 2:28-29
 

Week 46: 7/24/2016 – 7/30/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – A disciple of Jesus Christ practices the discipline of spending time daily in the Word of God.)

  • Day One – A disciple spends time in the Word. – John 8:31-32
  • Day Two – A disciple mediates on the Word – Psalm 1:1-6, Joshua 1:8
  • Day Three – The Word is the solid foundation upon which a disciple builds his life. – Luke 6:46-49
  • Day Four – A disciple is a doer of the Word. – James 1:19-27
  • Day Five – The Word makes the disciple wise. – 2 Timothy 3:10-17; 2:14-19
  • Day Six – The Word of God is a discerning power in the disciple’s life. – Hebrews 4:11-13
  • Day Seven – The Word is a guiding force in the life of the disciple. – Psalm 119:1-16, 105-112
 

Week 47:  7/31/2016 – 8/6/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – A disciple of Christ spends time with God in prayer.)
  • Day One – A disciple’s prayer life produces fruit – John 15:6-8
  • Day Two – A disciple’s prayer life is characterized by worship – Psalm 100:1-5
  • Day Three – A disciple has confidence in his prayer life. – 1 John 5:13-15
  • Day Four – A disciple practices humility in his prayer life. – Matthew 6:1-8
  • Day Five – A disciple’s prayer life is consistent, often, and extended. – Luke 22:39-46
  • Day Six – A disciple patterns his prayer life after Biblical models. – Daniel 9:2-17
  • Day Seven – A disciple’s prayer life is comprehensive. – Ephesians 6:18-20, Philippians 4:4-7
 

Week 48:  8/7/2016 – 8/13/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – A disciple of Christ spends time in fellowship with other disciples.)

 Day One – A disciple loves other disciples. – John 13:34-35

  • Day Two – A disciple encourages other disciples. – Hebrews 10:19-25
  • Day Three – Disciples of Christ are unified together as one. – 1 Corinthians 12:12-30, Ephesians 4:1-7
  • Day Four – Disciples are characterized by love. – 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
  • Day Five – A disciple’s fellowship is with both one another and God. – 1 John 1:1-3
  • Day Six – Great things happen when disciples pray together. – Acts 2:42-46
  • Day Seven – Jesus prayed for His disciples. – John 17:20-26
 

Week 49: 8/14/2016 – 8/20/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – A disciple of Christ shares a witness to the world.)

  • Day One – Our vision for the Nations – Matthew 28:16-20
  • Day Two – A disciple is commissioned by Christ and given authority to go to the nations.- Acts 1:6-11
  • Day Three – A disciple is compelled by the gospel to go. – Romans 1:15-17
  • Day Four – A disciple goes to the world out of necessity. – Romans 10:5-18
  • Day Five – A disciple goes to the world out of compassion. – Matthew 9:35-38
  • Day Six – Jesus provides the disciple a role model. – John 4:1-26
  • Day Seven – Disciples are ready always to give an account for the hope that is in them. – Colossians 4:2-6, 1 Peter 2:9-12; 3:13-17
 

Week 50: 8/21/2016 – 8/27/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – A disciple of Christ engages in a ministry of service .)

  • Day One – A disciple is compelled to serve others by God’s love. – John 13:33-34
  • Day Two – A disciple demonstrates love for God and a love for people. – Leviticus 19:9-18
  • Day Three – Jesus gives a disciples an example to follow as He restores Peter. – John 21:15-17
  • Day Four – A disciple is one who is set apart for every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:20-21
  • Day Five – A disciple practices a pure and undefiled religion. – James 1:26-27
  • Day Six – A disciple will be held accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ. – Matthew 25:31-46
  • Day Seven – A disciple is a sacrificial servant of the Lord. – Hebrews 13:1-16
 

Week 51: 8/28/2016 – 9/3/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – What a spiritual Christian looks like)

  • Day One – A disciple is filled with the Holy Spirit. – Galatians 5:22-23
  • Day Two – A disciple is filled by the Holy Spirit and gifted by God – 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
  • Day Three – A disciple is a reflection of God’s holiness. – Ephesians 1:1-10
  • Day Four – A disciple walks in the light. – 1 John 1:5-10
  • Day Five – A disciple resists the devil and submits to God. – James 4:1-8
  • Day Six – God gives a disciple everything pertaining to life and godliness. – 2 Peter 1:5-8
  • Day Seven – Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to His disciples. – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, John 7:38-39
 

Week 52 9/4/2016 – 9/10/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – Living a crucified life)

  • Day One – A disciple lives a crucified life. – Galatians 2:20
  • Day Two – A disciple presents his body as a living sacrifice. – Romans 12:1-2
  • Day Three – A disciple puts off the old life and puts on the new. – Colossians 3:5-17
  • Day Four – A disciple crucifies the passions and desires of the flesh and walks by the Spirit. – Galatians 5:24-26
  • Day Five – A disciple has turned from the ways of the world. – Galatians 6:11-18
  • Day Six – A disciple dies to sin. – Romans 6:1-14
  • Day Seven – A disciple has died to the law and is now alive to the Spirit. – Romans 7:4-6
 

Week 53: 9/11/2016 – 9/17/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – Taking off the old and putting on the new, giving attention to the details)

  • Day One – A disciple is intentional about the details of his life, putting off the old and putting on the new. – 2 Timothy 2:22 
  • Day Two – A disciple overcomes barriers to a spirit led life. – Galatians 5:1-26
  • Day Three – A disciple wars against worldliness and submits to God. – James 4:1-12 
  • Day Four – A disciple puts on the full armor of God. – Ephesians 6:10-17 
  • Day Five – A disciple learns from Christ and follows His teachings. – Ephesians 4:22-32 
  • Day Six – A disciple pays close attention to their walk in Christ. – Ephesians 5:15-21
  • Day Seven A disciple’s life is in Christ. – Colossians 3:1-17
 

Week 54: 9/18/2016 – 9/24/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – Living the victorious life in Christ)
  • Day One – A disciple has victory in Jesus. – Romans 8:1-8
  • Day Two – Nothing can disrupt a disciple’s victory in Christ. – Romans 8:31-39
  • Day Three – A disciple’s road map to victory – Joshua 1:1-9
  • Day Four – Jesus has overcome the world. – John 16:29-33
  • Day Five – A disciples victory over death – 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
  • Day Six – A disciples victory over sin – Romans 6:12-14
  • Day Seven – A disciple’s faith gives him victory over the world. – 1 John 5:4-5
 

Week 55: 9/25/2016 – 10/1/2016

(Read, meditate, and pray – A disciple’s destiny)

  • Day One – A disciple will be reunited with other disciples upon the Lord’s return. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • Day Two – A disciple’s expectation of the second coming of Christ – Matthew 24:1-51
  • Day Three – A disciple’s resurrected body – 1 Corinthians 15:1-49
  • Day Four – A disciple’s future inheritance – Romans 8:9-25
  • Day Five – A disciple’s inheritance is guaranteed. – Ephesians 1:1-14
  • Day Six – A disciple’s vision of our new home. – Revelation 21
  • Day Seven – The Glorious coming of Christ – Revelation 22

 

A Disciple Of Jesus Christ and Accountability

(A Personal Testimony)

 

My adult Christian life has been sustained by the  Lord Jesus Christ.  I have been held accountable first by the Lord Jesus Christ, His church and His Word.  Secondly, others have come along side of me and mentored me and held me accountable to live out my faith in the world.  Thirdly, I have had accountability and prayer partners who meet with me on a regular basis to encourage me, strengthen me, and challenge me. 

The Lord Jesus through the inner working of the Holy Spirit sustains my life for the glory of God.  Daily time in the word and in prayer disciplines my life. 

I have had mentors over the years who were deeply spiritual men who have taught me to grow (Al Bixler, Ron Dillion, Jason Clark, and others.)  Other mentors have impacted my life through written material (John Piper, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Avery Willis, Henry Blackaby, and others.) Their writings have enabled and challenged me to grow in my Christian faith. 

Over the years, I have  had accountability prayer partners who  would meet with me on a regular basis and encourage me, challenge me, mentor, pray for me, and be there in my time of need.  I would also be available to them as an encourager, challenger, prayer partner, minister, and mentor.

I am so often like Paul of Romans chapter seven and have this struggle continually warring with in me.  That is why I need to be held accountable by God’s Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, and accountability partners who will meet with me.  God has given me so much in the way of resources.  His grace and mercy are with me constantly and the power of God’s people praying have sustained me.  I am daily thankful to God for all of these resources who are molding and making a vessel that can be used for His glory.   May all glory and praise flow to God. 

 

 

How to have a relationship with Jesus…

 

One of the clearest statements about knowing Jesus is found in

2 Corinthians 5:21. It says: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” This verse teaches us several key truths that we must know if we are to come to God. The first truth we learn is that we are separated from God because of our sin. The fact that Jesus had to become sin for us teaches us that we are sinners. The bible says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23

) It’s not just that we have sinned, it’s that we are sinners. Everyone is born a sinner and because of our sinful nature we actually do sin and are separated from God as a result.

 

On the flip side, God is holy. (

Isaiah 6:3; I Peter 1:15-16). That means that God is completely without sin. He has never sinned and never will sin. Being completely holy is what makes God who he is. If he were to overlook sin, he would cease to be holy and cease to be God. So sin has to be completely separated from God, and therefore, we are completely separated from God. And the Bible teaches that sin requires death (Romans 6:23

), and not just physically, but spiritually, forever being separated from God in a place called hell.

 

But the good news is, God has sent a substitute to die in our place. Since God loved us so much,Hhe sent His only Son to earth in order to die in our place. (

John 3:16) The bible teaches that Jesus became our sin on the cross. God poured out the wrath and punishment that we deserved on Jesus in order that we might be saved.  Jesus died to save His people from their sins! Thus 2 Cor. 5:21 says, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”   Thus, when we come to faith in Christ, we are given Jesus’ perfect righteousness. It sounds too good to be true or too simple but the amazing fact is that in exchange for our sin, Jesus gives us his perfect righteousness! That’s good news and a great exchange. The bible teaches that we must come to Jesus in faith, placing our trust and belief in him alone. (Ephesians 2:8

) Faith is trusting Jesus’ perfect work instead of trusting in ourselves. It is accompanied by repentance, or turning away from our sin. If we will turn from our sin (repent) and trust in Christ’s work alone (faith), then the bible promises us that we will be saved.  In Christ, we are accepted by God and are able to live with him in everlasting life.

 

First Baptist Church invites you to repent of your sin and turn to Jesus Christ in faith. Simply cry out to God in prayer and ask Him to save you from your sins. God loves to save those who come to Him with broken hearts. It is His delight! If you have committed yourself to Jesus Christ in faith and want to speak to a minister, please call us at 423-745-5441. We would love the opportunity to get to know you and talk with you further about Jesus Christ.