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Introducing The Way: Being an Apprentice of Jesus
This sermon series is focused on following Jesus’ example and instructions on how to follow God, or what many Christians call “The Way of Jesus.” We call ourselves apprentices because we are doing more than just following a set of rules written thousands of years ago. An apprenticeship is defined by vocabulary.com as “training that involves following and studying a master of the trade on the job instead of in school.” So as apprentices, we are actively learning from ‘the Master’ himself and then practicing what we learn in real time. God doesn’t ask us to have it all figured out, just to follow Him and get a little on-the-job training as you go. Over the next 10 weeks, we’ll explore what it looks like to be an apprentice of Jesus through teachings from across the bible, testimonies from our church family, these sermon practices, and small group discussions.
This Week’s Focus: Getting Started
If you’re anything like us, you’re shocked it’s September already. It seems Fall always comes barreling in with full force before we’ve even thought to say goodbye to summer. But since we have no power over the seasons, on we march; out of popsicles and pools, and into schools, sports, and pumpkin spice everything.
This week, we’re making space for that transition. We’ll focus on trying new things (like this updated version of the sermon practices) and finding time to meet with our God and each other. We hope you will be both intentional and gracious with yourself as you get started.
How To: Sermon Practices
As you may have noticed, we’ve changed things up. We’ve expanded our sermon practices. Our hope is not to add more, but to better align what we’re already doing. Each week, there will be three sections: Time Alone, Time Together, and Family Time.
In the ‘Time Alone’ section, you’ll find several practices to do on your own throughout the week. These are self-paced activities that can be done either in place of or in addition to your regular time with God. We suggest starting with 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week for the Time Alone practices. The ‘Time Together’ section is designed for both one-on-one mentoring relationships and small groups. We recommend you meet together weekly for 1 – 2 hours and work through the section together. The ‘Family Time’ section provides child-friendly discussions and activities designed to bridge the gap between families’ daily lives and spiritual lives. They will typically fit within about 10 minutes a day. If you ever have a particularly busy week, take your time and focus on one or two activities. It is better to fully engage a single practice, than race through all of the sections half-heartedly.
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