We have developed THE CRUX for new believers who are learning more about Jesus, and Christianity, and will like to have access to basic information regarding their newfound faith. Regular church attendance on Sunday is not the answer, because most congregations have a mixed crowd. The Pastor in his or her Sunday message cannot focus on answering the questions that are unique to new believers. The CRUX provides a forum where topics surrounding the foundations or basics of the Christian faith can be addressed.
An important component of THE CRUX is the ability of the new believer to share his or her presuppositions concerning the weekly topics of discussion. This allows the instructor to clear up any misconceptions the new believer may have, by “comparing and contrasting” stories with an appropriate Bible story. THE CRUX focuses on developing key relationships through a buddy system. We hope that some level of accountability and life-long friendships will develop as a result of the buddy system.
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This week will focus on how personal growth is attainable through positive prayer. This will involve the personal testimony of an individual experiencing positive growth through prayer. Then the group will explore the concept of building a strong and direct relationship with God by talking regularly with Him through prayer. The symbol of a new-born baby will be used to explore how we can relate to a young child with basic needs but also how we have the need to grow. These needs are then shown to be fulfilled through positive growth; all made possible through that positive intimate relationship with God. The biblical figure that will be shown to reflect these positive attributes will be Daniel (Daniel 6).
Participants will be encouraged to provide their own personal understanding of prayer as it relates to their comprehension of the stories of Hannah and/or David. Issues explored will be: what personally does prayer mean, when and where is the best time for prayer, is prayer only about asking for stuff, What are the possible distractions to prayer, does God answer all of our prayers, does praying out loud disturb you, does prayer include, song, speaking out loud, quiet reflection, reading the bible, or reciting existing prayers. Through the discussion of the prayer hand the participants will now examine not only their needs and desires concerning prayer but the steps on gaining that positive relationship with God which will empower us to pray better.
The group will move on to the complexities and recompense of prayer. Through the examination of the prayer hand, participants will be able to personalize its message while becoming more self-aware of their own personal hindrances to prayer. The discussion will bring the practical side of prayer in line with its spiritual aspects. Participants will be able to bring actual prayer requests which the leaders will be able to assist them to use the prayer hand.
The fourth week will focus on developing a more positive triumphant relationship with God through Bible Study. Discussions will begin with personal testimony on growing through the Bible and then move on to what is the key for discovering the Word of God. The lessons for this week include Phillip and the Ethiopians (Acts8:26-40) and Joshua (Josh 1:1-9). These stories speak to the struggles that strong individuals like Joshua experienced so that the participants can recognize that they are not alone in their own personal struggles but are part of a much larger family of those who continue to grow in their Christian walk. The participants will then chart out their own personal growth as compared to that of Joshua.
From there the group will move on to discovering the writers of the Bible, the meaning of Bible Study and how it fits into life as someone who has just come to believe. This lesson will also look at the perils and pitfalls of the distractions that lead us away from Bible Study, and answer questions such as, will the Bible become obsolete? The group will then move on to an examination of how regular Bible Study can optimistically improve your relationship with God and explore the benefits of regular Bible Study. The week will conclude with the testament of the group’s achievements as new believers and how this personal growth has enabled our positive relationship with God to grow even more.
This week begins with the story of Peter (Acts 9:32-42) as an illustration of our own personal journey towards service to God. Participants will have opportunity to share their personal testimony on where they on the road to true Service. The story of Nehemiah will be used to illustrate the skills needed to provide true Service. Participants will be questioned on whether God calls all of us to Service and how do we recognize this call. They will explore ways to discover their talents and learn how to use them everyday for Service. Mention will be made on using all resources such as time, money and energy to serve.
The possible negative impressions will be discussed as each individual is asked to define effective Service and discover the personal benefits of Service. Using the buddy system each participant will be asked to complete a personal inventory of their strengths, talents, and gifts as well as developing an affirmative plan in which to implement active Service in their daily lives. The next step will be taking a critical look at their communities and identifying where Service is most needed and coming up with a plan to see this Service become a reality.
The participants are encouraged to share personal testimony on perceptions of the Holy Spirit as the instructors relate personal experiences of the Holy Spirit and the story of the Pentecost as related in Acts 2 and 10. The group will then compare and contrast the participants perceptions of the Holy Spirit in relation to questions such as: who is the Holy Spirit, is the Holy Spirit spooky, do you really need the Holy Spirit, how do you receive the Holy Spirit?
The discussion will then move on briefly to the precepts that we have already studied such as assurance, prayer and bible study From there participants take the next step on their personal journey and are encouraged to describe how they feel about receiving the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. The week concludes with reminders of what implements the participants have learned that enables them to recognize the Holy Spirit in their lives and seek guidance when situations arise that challenge their faith.
THE CRUX was created by Toyin Odufeso, a wife and mother of three children who resides in Calgary, Canada. She is a member of Calgary Full Gospel Church and supports various ministries such as Rising Oaks, Engage City and CAPRO.
She has a Bachelors in Economics, an MBA and has worked in the Oil and Gas sector for over 20 years in Supply Chain Management.
Toyin has a passion for personal development, creating opportunities for growth and expanding God’s kingdom on Earth. Toyin has actively organized prayer meetings and weekend retreats for Christians.
She has a vision to have new Christians rooted and grounded in the undiluted Word of God such that they have an opportunity to kick start their new faith on solid footing.
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