What is the church? Is it a building? An organization? The New Testament teaches us that the church is a community of believers … people following Jesus together. In the book of Acts, Luke recorded how God launched the New Testament church through men and women who were passionate about sharing and showing the love of Christ. Our journey through this book will span from May-October 2019 (technically April 29-November 8) and will show us what it means to be a church in action. We’ll also look at why we do what we do as a church family.
This plan is now available in print and online and you can access it by clicking on the download buttons below. One version is for viewing on your device and the other is a printable version. Printed copies also are available at the church building in the back of the sanctuary and outside the main office.
The H.E.A.R. method
You are encouraged to use the H.E.A.R. method of journaling to help you understand and apply God’s Word, and to encourage a rich personal time together with the Lord each day. Below is detailed information about the H.E.A.R. method, some of which comes from the website replicate.org:
The H.E.A.R. journaling method promotes reading the Bible with a life-transforming purpose. Rather than checking off the boxes on your daily reading schedule; you will instead read to understand and respond to God’s Word.
The acronym H.E.A.R. stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. Each of these four steps contributes to creating an atmosphere to hear God speak.
H – Read the passage for the day and pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit about where you need to focus. Then write the verse reference along with the full text of that verse.
E – Take some time to explain what the verse means, focusing on the intent of the author and what it would have meant to the original readers.
A – Write down what the verse means to you and how you can apply this truth in your own life.
R – Write out a prayer of response to God, thanking Him for His truth and asking Him to help you use what He has shown you to grow in your walk with Christ.
For an even more detailed breakdown of this method and an example journal entry, visit What is a HEAR Journal? on replicate.org.