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Clarity is the fourth building block of a Biblical Community. And clarity is just as important as the other four: Connection, Care, Challenge, & Celebration. In order to have clarity we need to ask the right questions. For example: When the disciples wanted to know how to pray, they asked Jesus, an He taught them how. But then Jesus goes even beyond the “How to pray?” and tells them Why prayer in this particular way is so important.
Pastor Bryce puts it this way: Clarity is often found in the How? and the Why?
Open up Luke 11:1-13 and read the Bible text again. Look at the How! in verses 1-4 and look for the Why! in verses 5-13. What is the reason for prayer in this particular way? Why would we even pray?
Write down some of your answers. Ponder on them, and the Lord’s Prayer will hold a new meaning for you.
Clarity is important, but we don’t just need it in the Lord’s Prayer. Clarity is important in our relationships as well. With God, your family members, and the world. Here are a few questions that might help you get more clarity:
- What clarity would you like to have from God in a current situation? How might you get better clarity in that area?
- What clarity would you like to have in your relationship with your spouse, or your children? What conversations need to take place?
- What clarity would you like to have when it comes to reaching out to a neighbor with the Gospel? Do you ask yourself, how to start that conversation? Maybe it would help if you wrote down a conversation starter.
- What clarity would you like to have when it comes to getting involved in the church? What would it take for you to lead a small group? Who would you ask?
As you get clarity, keep the common challenge in mind As a church we want to initiate and nurture a growing relationship with God.
Through the Bible in one Year
Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.
All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.