DISCERNING A SPIRITUAL FAMILY

[the following Discernment Process is a digital version of a handout that was given to the EEF Congregation on September 27, 2015.]

 

Introduction to Discernment Process:
In this next season of church life, our hope and prayer is that everyone who calls East End Fellowship home, as well as those wanting to connect to Christian community, will participate in one of our Missional Communities. Missional Communities can best be described in two words: Spiritual Families. That’s what we are after. We want the rich, vibrant, extraordinary spiritual family life that we see in the New Testament to increasingly become our reality here at East End Fellowship. What we see at the heart of these spiritual families is a life centered around Jesus and his mission. As such, they were marked by three things: Discipleship, Family and Mission.

What we want to do in this Discernment Process is walk through a simple pathway to connect you with the spiritual family that God might be preparing for you in this next season. For some, it will look remarkably similar to their current one! For others, it might mean a change; either from one group to another, or from not being in one to joining one. But the thing that is most important to us is we want you to respond to what God is saying, following him as he guides and directs you.

 

DAY 1: Discipleship (UP)

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:7-14

Spend some time in prayerful reflection with the Lord on this passage. As you meditate on this passage and listen, what might God be inviting you into as your next step in your personal discipleship?

 

Please write your reflections here (or in another place):

 

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DAY 2: Family (IN)
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:42-47

Spend some time in prayerful reflection with the Lord on this passage. As you meditate and listen, what is the Spirit stirring in you? What do you need from a spiritual family right now? What’s your sense of what God is challenging you to give to a spiritual family right now?

 

Please write your reflections here (or in another place):

 

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DAY 3: Mission (OUT)

Scripture Reading: 2nd Corinthians 5:16-21

Spend some time in prayerful reflection with the Lord on this passage. As you meditate on this passage and listen, what excites you? What brings you anxiety? Where are there opportunities to grow as an ambassador?

 

Please write your reflections here (or in another place):

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DAY 4: Prayer

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:3-11

Spend some time in prayerful reflection with the Lord on this passage. Ask God to allow thankfulness for what he’s doing to well up in your heart, mind and spirit.

 

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Prayer: Spend some time in prayer for each of the Missional Communities at EEF, located to the right. (If you'd like larger pictures or more thorough descriptions, visit this webpage.)

  • Pray for the leaders, both for Co-Leaders & Apprentices

  • Pray for the participants in the group, that they would be changed and transformed through the Holy Spirit’s working

  • Pray for those that will come to faith in Jesus because of each spiritual family

Day 5: Review and Find the Peace

  1. Re-read your reflections, including the scripture passages, from Days 1 through 4.

  2. Read through the various spiritual families we currently have listed here at EEF

  3. Based on re-reading your reflections and reading about each spiritual family again,
    circle the spiritual family you feel the most peace around as you think about stepping in as a participant and contributor.

 

Why do you think that is? What’s your sense of what God is saying?

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