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Hourly Prayer

Morning Prayer

6:00 AM or first prayer upon awakening


Mid-Morning Prayer

9:00 AM


Midday Prayer

Noon


Afternoon Prayer

3:00 PM


Evening Prayer

6:00 PM or after the workday has ended


Night Prayer

9:00 PM or at the conclusion of the before bed


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Daily Prayer

Morning Prayer

Opening Prayer

O God, come to our aid. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory to you Father, Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ, Glory to you Holy Spirit now and forever.

Psalm

Choose one or more to read...

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Lord God,
who entrusted the earth to men to till it and care for it,
and made the sun to serve their needs:
give us grace this day to work faithfully for your glory
and for our neighbours’ good.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Evening Prayer

Opening Prayer

O God, come to our aid.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Psalm

Choose one or more to read...

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Listen favourably to our evening prayer, Lord,
and grant that as we follow your Son’s example
we may, by perseverance, yield a harvest of good works.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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Daily Examination of Conscience

The Purpose

The Daily Examin is a time at the conclusion of our day when we invite the Spirit of God to reflect with us on the previous 12-16 hours to see where we obeyed him, rejected him, bent our will to his or stubbornly continued in our own fallen and destructive tendencies. Have we thrived in love or have we collapsed in our own selves feeding our lust and pride and desires? Jesus calls us to commune with him, allowing him to cleanse us of unrighteousness and continue to make us born again.

Preparing Your Heart

  1. Go someplace alone. This is time to speak quietly and sincerely with the Holy Spirit. Other people will make this difficult if you are available to them.
  2. Slow down and pause before you start. The brain takes a moment to wind down and focus.  You could listen to a song or two if you're fidgety or anxious. Don't pray immediately.  Use the "selah" moment to slow and purposefully begin to contemplate.
  3. There is no minimum or maximum in this prayer. This doesn't need to be 5 minutes or 5 hours. Whenever you have dealt with God and are confident you have communed with Him, you will know your time is complete.
  4. Do not prepare a long prayer or list.  This is a time to ask the Spirit and allow him to draw the mind to times and events in your day. Be the hearer more than the speaker.
  5. Invite the Lord to speak to you. Ask his Spirit to convict you and remind you. He will bring all things to remembrance.
  6. Remember that the voice of the Lord is loving and desires to purify you rather than condemn you. Listen to the voice you hear as you contemplate. If it's angry and oppressive, it is not the voice of the Lord.  If it encourages you and you experience joy in having the sin purged, that is the voice of the Lord.
  7. Begin to ponder questions below. As the Lord speaks follow whatever time and path he takes you on.
  8. Confess what you see and be forgiven. Be willing to be open and honest. Follow the events of the day back to those places where you find the source of your straying. God desires to make you new if you are humble.

The Examination

Based on The Ten Commandments

My Relationship with God

  1. I am the Lord your God...You shall have no other gods before me
    • How have I treated/respected the image of God in myself and in others?
    • Where have I denied my obligations as the image bearer in God's creation?
  2. You shall not make for yourselves any carved images...or serve them
    • Is there any image I've used to define God that differs from the God Jesus shows us?
    • What image of a god have I exalted to the level of the God I know from scripture?
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
    • Have I misrepresented God in my words or actions?
    • Have I wasted my position in Christ through ignoring his commands?
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
    • Have I participated in Sunday Worship with the body of Christ?
    • Have I submitted to being a student today?
    • Have I joined myself to others in my Christian community for growth and support?
    • Have I practiced the work of the Kingdom today in someone's life?

My Relationship with Others

  1. Honor your father and your mother
    • Do I show respect to my parents as it reflects my submission to Christ and the Father?
  2. You shall not murder
    • Have I physically or verbally accused, attacked, offended someone?
    • Do I have any outstanding grudges I refuse to forgive?
    • Is there any hatred for a brother or an enemy that I hold in my heart?
  3. You shall not commit adultery
    • Have I entered into an emotional or physical relationship outside of my own marriage or with another's spouse?
    • Do I allow myself to lust after someone that is not my spouse?
  4. You shall not steal
    • Have I deliberately deceived someone to gain from them what is not mine?
    • Have I taken where I should have been giving?
    • Did my greed control any of my decisions?
  5. You shall not bear false witness
    • Where have I defrauded or slandered another person with my words?
    • Have I given my word deceitfully in order to save face or better my own position
  6. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods
    • Have I begun to look on anything that belongs to another with greed rather than joy in that person's blessings?
    • Have I become discontent and unthankful because of another's success?
    • Do I desire the misfortune of another because of my own pride?

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IDP Purpose Statement

In the spirit of Romans 12:1-2...

[1] I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [2] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
— Romans 12:1-2

And in obedience to the command of Christ in Matthew 28:18-20...

[18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
— Matthew 28:18-20

We strive toward our own Spiritual Formation...

  • In Christ
  • By His Spirit
  • Within Community
  • According to the Scriptures
  • In Order to Love God and Others

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What is the Growth Spiral

The Growth Spiral is the method of growth that a disciple of Jesus takes, beginning at conversion and moving through the expansion of knowledge and practice of all things that He taught us.

The Announcement

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus' announcement that the Kingdom of God had burst onto earth, not in places of conventional wisdom like governments, militaries or in circles of people of high social status. Rather, the Kingdom of God, the reign of God restoring justice, equality and good, had begun in the hearts of men and women through the teachings of Christ.

(Read "What is the Gospel?")

This announcement was realized by the early hearers and became a disruptive, creative and transformative message that grew from the bottom up; the weak and poor and needy along with the willing, the hungry and the obedient bound together as a single entity and became salt and light in a world of brokenness, oppression, violence and death.

The Commission

Christ's final and great assignment was what we know as "The Great Commission". To His disciples then and now, Jesus said,

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

In today's vernacular, He told us what to do with this announcement of the Kingdom, this Gospel.

Go into all the world...

  • Initiate men and woman into the family of God and the Church through Baptism
  • Instruct them to become students of His teachings
  • Practice all the things he taught us

The Growth Spiral

Being baptized, we move to becoming a student, or a disciple in Christ's words.

The Movements

Anything that has no movement eventually stagnates. Jesus' teaching was always full of invitations.  If we are to have a successful doctrine, practice, program and outcome, we must continually be inviting ourselves into cultivating that teaching of Christ in order to further deepen and strengthen our maturity and actions.

  • Come and See - The call to consider
  • Come and Think - The call to contemplate
  • Come and Be Changed - The call to transformation

Let's Get Practical:

What will this look like? This needs to be our filter for everything. From sermons to lessons to bible studies to activities to prayer meetings to personal development to one on one discipleship, everything goes through these invitations. What are you inviting yourself/your disciple to today?

The Seed

The Seed is that basic knowledge of Christ's teaching around which we call ourselves to invitation. The early church was able to make disciples in short periods of time because they didn't learn in a linear fashion. They learned at once at the beginning the essential spiritual DNA that would slowly expand over time into a deep and mature understanding.

Let's Get Practical:

We will endeavor to provide that spiritual DNA from the onset of a disciple's journey. This will look like.

  • 101 Classes
    • Baptism and Communion Orientation
    • Introduction to Membership
    • Discipleship Objectives
    • Principles of Church Structure

The Path

The Path is the program that the church organizes so that those who are being invited to consider some portion of the seed of their faith have an outlet through which they can practice it and master it.

Let's Get Practical:

We see a simple structure of 5 relationships that the church had with each other in the New Testament.  With each person involved in each relationship, the seed of God's word was able to take root and expand rapidly and deeply within the disciples. Here we define them...

  1. Worship Service
  2. Formal Education
    1. 101 Classes
    2. Children and Adult Catechism
    3. Cyclical Classes
  3. Weekly community life and practice (small groups & prayer groups)
    1. Personal Individual Development Program
    2. Corporate Prayer Meetings
  4. Advanced Discipleship Training
    1. Elders
    2. Deacons
    3. Teachers
    4. Extended Theology Pursuits
  5. Outreach Partnerships

(Read "The Five Relationships" for even more understanding about each relationship)

 

The Fruit

The Fruit is the end or the expectation of spiritual maturity. Christ, Paul, Peter, John and others who wrote the New Testament never wonder where they were going in their faith journey. Scripture is clear where we should be maturing, what should be added to our character, how we should be experiencing God and who we are in Christ as His body.

Let's Get Practical:

We don't passively journey through Christianity, but actively practice our faith toward a specific end. The New Testament lays out clearly some of the objectives of our spiritual growth.

  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Fruit of the Spirit
  • Gifts of the Spirit
  • Four Temptations
  • Seven Sins and Seven Virtues
  • The Great Commandment
  • Spiritual Maturity and Discernment
  • Beatitudes
  • Daily Examination

(Connect to your own personal IDP to review more)

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