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Sojourn Blog

Relentless Pursuit of God

Posted by Justin Pearson on

Hello Family,

I hope that you are doing well today. I'm writing to let you know about something the elders are excited for our church to engage in over the next 6 months together.

As you know, one of our confident hopes is that we would be church with a relentless pursuit of God through his word

What this mean is that we desire for every member to know how to study the Bible and that every member is daily communing with God through his word, seeking to submit our lives to his word.

I know that a lot of us can struggle to not only spend time in God's word daily, but also to know what to do when we get there. We are going to be rolling out several things over the coming year to help you with that.

We want to let you know about one of those ways now. 

Starting Sunday we will begin a new sermon series in Philippians called Rejoice. We will spend about 6 months walking through this wonderful, encouraging, and challenging book.

One of the things we would like to do is have the whole church be studying Philippians individually and in community throughout the week.

Every Monday I will make a blog post that will highlight the text that will be preached the following Sunday and give you a few questions to take time to answer as you engage the text throughout the week. 

Here's what I would like for you to do. For at least 5 days a week read and engage the text. You may think, "Five days? It only takes me 30 seconds to read these verses." While that is true, we want you to take time to sit and soak in them, allowing God's word to penetrate your heart and mind. 

My hope would be that when we finish each chapter of Philippians in our sermon series that you would have a solid grasp on that chapter and could tell anyone what it is about. Not simply because you listened to a sermon on it, but because you spent so much time on your own in the text.

After reading it over and over again and seeking to meditate and study it you will likely almost have it memorized. How great is that! Hiding God's word in your heart in community!

Also, here is an outline of a basic Bible study method that you can use as you study the text each week. Utilize that along with the questions that are posted to guide your time in Philippians. Share what you are learning with one another and hold each other accountable to diving into God's word as a church.

So here's the information for this week:   
Text: Philippians 1:1-2
Questions to journal about:
1- Read through the whole book of Philippians at least twice this week. What themes stand out to you?
2- How does Paul describe Himself? What does it mean to be a “servant”? What does it mean to be a “servant of Christ Jesus”?
3- Who is the letter written to? What can you find out about this group of people from this letter or other places in the Bible (see Acts 16).
4- What do you find encouraging about Paul’s greeting?
5- Is there anything that should change about your life, thoughts, or worship because of the truth of this text?
6- Who can you encourage this week with something from this text?

I was praying yesterday for our church as I was beginning sermon prep, reading through the whole book of Philippians myself. As I was praying I sensed from the Lord and prayed that he would do a significant work in our life as a church as we journey through this short epistle. I believe God's word is transformative and I am excited to see how God transforms us as we submit ourselves to his word not just on Sundays, but all throughout the week.

Let me know if you have any questions about this at any point in time.

Sojourn, may we relentlessly pursue God through his word.

.grace and peace.
Justin

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