Devotional Bible Study Guides: Why Use Devotionals?
Devotionals Lead to FORTIFICATION
A Goal for One's Personal Time with the Lord
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:97, 105)
The Word of God itself is that on which we are to meditate. The Word is that which shows us the way.
- Nothing ever can, nor should, be a substitute for God's Word. Yet, God does at times use other tools to strengthen our walk with Him. We can learn from others.
- Nothing should ever supplant time spent in the Word but God will also use other means to supplement our time with Him.
Devotionals Provide FOCUS:
A Goal for a Group Event
(Youth Activities book adds focus to a time of fun, food & fellowship.)
There is one body and one Spirit -- just as you were called to one hope when you were called -- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph. 4:4-6)
While believers can gather together simply for fun, food, and fellowship, how good it is when they remember that it is rooted in the one God who called them all into one body, when they remember that He is the true reason they gather.
- A devotional, however brief it is, helps to focus the people on Him, providing a jump start for true fellowship with one another.
- A devotional, however brief it is, helps to focus the people on Him, providing a verbal testimony to those in attendance who do not know the Lord to understand what makes this group different from that which they experience in the world.
Devotionals Bring FELLOWSHIP:
A Goal for a Ministry Team
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. (Phil. 2:1-2)
So much can go wrong when a group of people with different personalities, learning styles, and opinions try to work together. If they are going to be like-minded and of one spirit and purpose, they must find fellowship with one another in the Lord.
- Unity will not come out of diversity if you try to find common ground to make decisions in people's ideas. Seeking God's wisdom together is the answer.
- Unity will not come out of diversity if you try to find common grace to overlook idiosyncrasies or to work through conflict in the goodness of man. Reminding one another of God's love and forgiveness is the answer.
Devotionals to use with ministry teams: