Discipleship

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Lie: Jesus is JUST my best friend

Friday
Hannah Alford
Isaiah 9:6

I’m gonna start this off by saying there is a big JUST in the statement,“Jesus is just my best friend” because I firmly believe that one of the roles Jesus and God for that matter plays in our lives is that of a friend. But he has to be more than just that, and to illustrate that fact, I’m gonna turn to a camp song (and old contemporary worship song according to David). The song is called “You are Holy” and there is a section where you just list out all the names for Jesus listed in the Bible, so let’s begin shall we! “You are Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Mighty God, Lord of Everything, Emmanuel, Great I am, Prince of Peace, Who is the Lamb, Living God, Saving Grace, Alpha, Omega, Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, and Friend.” I love this song so much because it reminds me that as much as I enjoy treating Jesus as my friend, his influence doesn’t stop there. That fact does not diminish the relationship that’s already there, but it adds a new perspective, and provides you with a new respect and recognition of Jesus. So try to think of Jesus in a new light, my personal favorite is “Living God, Saving Grace” I mean how cool is that! Jesus is more than just your friend, he is a whole long list of amazing things and he loves us a whole lot, so try to recognize the different roles he plays throughout our lives.
 
Hey God!
Thank you so much for this day and the opportunity we have to share your love on campus. Allow us to see Jesus as more than just a friend, and through this realization let us grow closer to you. See that our paths may follow the vision you have for us and that even if we lose sight of what is important in our lives, you draw us back to you. In your precious and holy name,
AMEN

Lies we love to tell 3

Monday
John Austin Higginbotham
John 8:6-11
One of my favorite stories within the Bible. Mostly because I see myself and others like me wherever I look. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been in the shoes of most of the main roles here. I for sure have been the woman who sinned, for Jesus is right, who amongst us ha not sinned. And I understand her predicament, ashamed of the things she’s done, lambasted for the mistakes she’s made. Yet Jesus easily forgives her and sets her on her way with encouragement and the command to do so no more. I know of countless times in my life where this has applied to me as well. I’ve also been where the Pharisees and teachers of the law stood, self-righteous and condemning of those who surely deserved everything they got coming for the wrong they’ve committed. And so many times I thought I was justified in my accusations and in my anger against those who sinned, specifically against me. Yet Jesus says those without sin may cast the first stone. And then he begins to write. I’ve always wondered what it is he wrote in the sand that day. I’ve heard it said that he started to write the sins of each of the accusers one by one. Seeing him do this, knowing that he knew their sins, that he would be justifiable to punish them for their crimes,they chose to walk away. My favorite theme of this story is that grace abounds in Christ. So look to him for guidance and grace, and offer forgiveness freely and willingly to others, for you were so offered it first.
 
Lord,
We are sinners. But you saved us. Help us to live in that light,to remember the gift You freely gave us and pass it on to the world. Guide us to freely give forgiveness and grace with open hearts and open arms, no matter what. Lord we love You and are continually overwhelmed by Your power and grace. Please rid us of anything stopping us from accepting that for ourselves or from giving it to others.
Amen

Foundations Study Application

It’s time to get excited about Discipleship (but let’s be honest, y’all should always be excited)! Below you can find the form to apply to lead a Foundations Study. These three-week long studies take place on Monday nights from 7-8 p.m. Applications are due one week before the study is scheduled to start (ex. For the Sept. 10th study, applications are due Sept. 3rd). Leaders must have completed Flight Paths, but other than that the only qualifications are enthusiasm and a plan! There’s lots more detail in the form, so go ahead and take a look! If you’ve got any questions, feel free to email discipleship@bamawesley.org or reach out to Ruth Hallstead. 

 

Foundations Study Application

Hello! We're so excited you are interested in leading a Foundations Study! Each study will meet for three weeks, on Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. We'd like these studies to help people increase their knowledge, familiarity, and/or understanding of the Bible, their faith, Methodism, etc. If you have any questions or would like help with planning, go ahead and email discipleship@bamawesley.org. Thanks for applying!
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  • Please give us a brief outline of the three lessons or discussions you have planned for the length of the study. Please be as detailed as you can so we can understand what your study is about. Let us know what resources you need or will be using. If you have any questions or want to tell us anything else, include that here as well.
  • Each study will last three weeks.