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2nd Week of Prayer: Day 7 – Rejoice!

February 28th, 2008

“I know, my God, that You test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly Your people who are here have given to You.” – 1 Chronicles 29:17

DISCUSSION POINTS FOR YOUR FAMILY…

  • Talk about all that God could do with the new buildings.
  • List some things that God has taught us during this Week of Prayer and devotion.
  • Rejoice and give thanks for our God provides exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ask or imagine.

PRAISE…
Praise God for His strength and power in our lives.

“The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God and I will exalt Him.” – Exodus 15:2

CONFESSION…
Spend time acknowledging your sin before God.

“Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD, and You forgave the guilt of my sin.” – Psalm 32:5

THANKSGIVING…
Give thanks that we serve a God who loved us before we loved Him.

“Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show Myself to him.” – John 14:21

PRAYER POINTS…

  • Pray that God would be honored in all we do in the building of His Church.
    “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” – Psalm 127:1a
  • Ask God to help us see where He is working and strengthen us to join Him on mission.
    “Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working…’ Jesus gave them this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can only do what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’” – John 5:17, 19
  • Pray for the lives the new classrooms represent and for followers of Christ to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 3:18
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2nd Week of Prayer: Day 6 – Commit to the Lord

February 28th, 2008

“…and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.” – Exodus 35:21

DISCUSSION POINTS FOR YOUR FAMILY…

  • Discuss how to listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as He leads us in what we are to give to the building of His church.
  • Talk about what God has done in our life as a result of faithful giving.
  • God tells us that He will provide for our needs as we give faithfully to Him. According to Luke 6:38, how does God bless our giving?

PRAISE…
Praise God for His promises about faithful giving.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Luke 6:38

CONFESSION…
Remember the master who we werve; confess areas you are not submitting to the Lord.

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:10-11

THANKSGIVING…
Thank God for His goodness in your life.

“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.” – Psalm 112:4-5

PRAYER POINTS…

  • Pray that we will be committed to serving the Lord.
    “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” – Psalm 37:5-6
  • Pray that God would give us agreement as a family about what our commitment will be for the building of His Church.
    “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus…” – Romans 15:5
  • Pray that we will give God our best in everything we do.
    “But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” – 2 Corinthians 8:7
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2nd Week of Prayer: Day 5 – Believing God

February 28th, 2008

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:10

DISCUSSION POINTS FOR YOUR FAMILY…

  • Talk about the ways you “give” to God and others in your life. Do you truly trust God to provide for all your needs? Do you see yourself as the steward or the owner of God’s provision? – What would it look like to truly trust God with all of our resources and talents?
  • What do you think God means when He says He will open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it?

PRAISE…
Spend time praising God for He is able.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

CONFESSION…
Ask God to reveal any area of our life where we are not honoring Him.

“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” – Proverbs 3:9-10

THANKSGIVING…
Give thanks that we serve a God who can and does meet all of our needs.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19

PRAYER POINTS…

  • Pray that we will trust God with everything we have because we believe His promises.
    “…test Me in this,” Says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:10
  • Pray that we would be generous in the giving of ourselves and our material possessions.
    “Give generously to Him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” – Deuteronomy 15:10
  • Pray that we will wholeheartedly trust in God’s “immeasurably more than” provision for His work.
    “They replied, Let us start rebuilding. So they began this good work.” – Nehemiah 2:18
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2nd Week of Prayer: Day 4 – An Eternal Perspective

February 28th, 2008

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

DISCUSSION POINTS FOR YOUR FAMILY…

  • Make a list of things that are important to God.
  • What does it mean to “store up treasures in heaven?”
  • What are your treasures? Are they everlasting?
  • What would you be willing to “give up” to God?

PRAISE…
Spend time praising God for who He is

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:1-2

CONFESSION…
Allow God to search your heart, ask him to show you where your treasures are.

“For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – does not come from the Father but from the world.” – 1 John 2:16

THANKSGIVING…
Thank Him as a family for all He has done for you.

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:28-29

PRAYER POINTS…

  • Pray we will store up for ourselves treasures in heaven.
    “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” – 1 Timothy 6:18-19
  • Ask God to help us understand our part in the building project.
    “…do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard and I have come in response to them.” Daniel 10:12
  • Pray that we will do the will of God.
    “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” – 1 John 2:17
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2nd Week of Prayer: Day 3 – His Mission, the Co-Mission

February 28th, 2008

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” – Matthew 28:18-20

Discussion Points for Your Family…

  • According to Matthew 28:18-20 what does Jesus say His disciples are to do?
  • Since we are His disciples, what are we doing to be “on mission” with God?
  • Discuss ways we can become intentional about the Lord’s command to “make disciples.”
  • How will the new buildings be a part of the Co-Mission?

PRAISE…
Spend time together praising God for who He is.

“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before Him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and He rules over all the nations.” – Psalm 22:27-28

CONFESSION…
Allow God to search you asking Him to reveal any sin in your life.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16

THANKSGIVING…
Spend time thanking God together for equipping us for His good work.

“…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purposes.” – Philippians 2:13

PRAYER POINTS…

  • Ask God to give us His heart for the lost.
    “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.” – Matthew 18:14
  • Pray that each one of us will be prepared to share our testimony of what Jesus has done in our lives.
    “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have.” – 1 Peter 3:15b
  • Ask God to show each one of us what our part is in the building of His Church.
    “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” – Ephesians 4:16
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2nd Week of Prayer: Day 2 – Yes Lord

February 28th, 2008

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Discussion Points for Your Family

  • Make a list of things God has done in our lives.
  • How has the Church, the Body of Christ, been a blessing in our lives?
  • Knowing that God has a plan for each of us and it is GOOD, are we willing to say “YES LORD” to whatever He wants us to do?

PRAISE…
Spend time together praising God for who He is.

“Oh LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.” – Isaiah 25:1

CONFESSION…
Ask God to show us any sin in our life.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING…
Spend time together thanking God for His work in our lives.

“…that my heart may sing to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.” – Psalm 30:12

Prayer Points

  • Ask God to help us know and follow His plan.
    “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7
  • Ask God to give us a willing spirit to follow Him.
    “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.” – Psalm 51:12
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2nd Week of Prayer: Day 1 – Humble Ourselves

February 28th, 2008

“…if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14-15

Discussion Points for Your Family

  • What does it mean to “seek God’s face?”
  • Reading Psalm 15, what are God’s guidelines for righteous living?
  • Let’s examine our hearts and ask God to show us specific areas of our life that we need to “turn from.”

PRAISE…
Spend time praising God together that we have all we need in Him.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8

CONFESSION…
Confess the areas of sin God revealed to you during the discussion time.

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I, the LORD, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conducts, according to what his deeds deserve.” – Jeremiah 17:9-10

THANKGIVING…
Spend time thanking God for the joy of walking in humility

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

Prayer Points

  • Ask God to give us a loving heart.
    “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:2-3
  • Pray that we will have the mind of Christ.
    “For who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 2:16
  • Pray that we will be examples of humility before others.
    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” – 1 Peter 5:6
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IMPACT: 2nd Week of Prayer

February 28th, 2008

When God’s people pray…

Nothing moves the heart of God like His people praying in unity. We have enjoyed a focused season of prayer as a church family in the midst of launching our IMPACT Campaign. God has displayed His glory each week as we have met in prayer together on Saturday mornings in the Worship Center. God has demonstrated His pleasure through our willingness to participate in the online prayer chain. Our families have been united in prayer at home utilizing the prayer table-towers.

God has given us another track to run on this week through this prayer guide. Allow the prayer guide to bring honor to God as we strategically pray in unity this week. Spend time on each appropriate day praying through the content within the prayer guide. As we journey through the prayer guide personally and privately, know that we are connecting together as the family of God to pray about our involvement in the IMPACT Campaign.

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jer 29:12-13 NIV.

Pursuing God,
Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Seeking the Heart of God

This is an exciting time in the life of Champion Forest Baptist Church. We have seen God moving in all generations of the Body to accomplish His purposes as we have sought Him and made ourselves available to Him.

As we approach the time of our commitment, we encourage all families to meet together daily to discuss and pray about your commitment to make an IMPACT for Him and for every generation. Consider scheduling a time on your family calendar each day this week to pray and seek God’s direction together. In Acts 4:24 the believers gathered together and raised their voices in prayer to God. The result was that all the believers were one in heart and mind. How much stronger would our families be if we were all of one heart and mind?

Each day there will be some discussion points for you and your family. We encourage you to include every generation, no matter their age, in this discussion and prayer time. Let us expect God to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine in the life of our family, His Church, the Nation, and the World.

Steps to a Powerful Week fo Prayer

  1. Commit to set apart time each day to seek the Lord using the prayer guide.
    “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Col. 4:2
  2. Spend time at the beginning of each prayer time praising God for who He is. Recognize who God is and that His character brings us humbly before the throne.
    “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
  3. Spend sufficient time silently before the Lord each prayer time asking God to search your heart and reveal to you any area of your life where you need to repent and submit fully to the LORD.
    “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.” Psalm 24:3-4
  4. Spend time each day thanking God. Ask Him to bring to mind all that He has done and is doing in your life and the life of the Church.
    “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thes. 5:16-18
  5. As we bring our requests to God, we will use His Word to guide our prayer points (petitions). When we pray in agreement with the Word of God, we are asking for His will to be done.
    “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.” – 1 John 5:14-15
  6. Finally, listen as God speaks and the Holy Spirit leads you. Be encouraged to write down what God is saying to you and spend time meditating on His word to you.
    “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” – Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
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IMPACT: About the Campaign

February 12th, 2008

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