Tuesday, October 25, 2011

As You Are Going...2011 Girls Missions Retreat Part 2


Welcome to Part 2 in this three part series covering our Girls Missions Retreat this month! As mentioned in the previous post the theme and purpose of this weekend was to stir up an understanding of Life Ministry…a mentality of doing ministry “as you are going” rather than through planned events or programs. It’s a mentality of understanding that your walk with the Lord is just that: yours! You, and only you, are responsible for your spiritual growth, for being obedient to the Lord’s calling on you to pray, meditate on His scripture, to share the Gospel, to serve others, to love. No one can do these things for you, nor should you want them to, as these are reactions only you can have to knowing your personal Savior and Lord. However, you aren’t alone! There are so many people and resources available to help you on your journey…and this weekend’s retreat reflected on those!

In Part 1 of this series I introduced two women of faith (Carla Sibley & Lisa Mason) that joined us through the weekend and shared Biblical Truth and life application on this very subject. Click Here to learn more about them. Carla Sibley, my college mentor and the senior pastor's wife at Watkinsville First Baptist Church, spoke on the responsibility (and privilege) as children of God to be growing ourselves spiritually and challenged us in two areas:

1) Dive Deeply into Divine Depths

a. An integral part of growing is studying and knowing the Word of God and passing on His Word to others.

b. Scripture to check out: Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Peter 2:2, Matthew 5:7 & 6:16, Isaiah 45

c. When reading God Word, go beyond just skimming the words and ask yourself three questions:

1) What are the facts? What is the author saying?

2) What do these facts mean? Write it in your own words.

3) How can I apply this to my life? Is there sin to avoid? A promise to claim? An example to follow? A command to act on? (SPEC).

2) Find a Faithful Follower and Follow her

a. Choose who you follow wisely. Use the word to prove her not the world. Don’t be distracted just by style, popularity, smooth words. Find someone that passionate about God’s Word and who is still growing herself. Make sure she is at least a couple “seasons of life” ahead of you.

b. Follow Hard. Get to it! Don’t assume that you have all the time in the world with this person. Don’t waste your time, you may only have her for a season. (**This is so true! I only sat at Carla’s feet for the few years I was in college. While I made sure to find a new mentor during different seasons, my time with Carla was fairly brief and I wanted to soak up as much of her wisdom as I could!)

c. Give Grace! Remember that you are not following a perfect person (there is no such thing!). Be ready to extend her grace when needed and not so quick to run. You will learn far more if you stick around and learn how she also handles her mistakes.

Saturday morning, Lisa Mason, who was Gina Allison’s college mentor and the Director of Women's Ministry at Classic City Community Church, spoke on serving and loving others as we are going. She shared that we don’t need to have special event planned or sign up for a mission trip in order to serve others and share the Gospel. There are PLENTY of opportunities right now, right where we are…as we are living life. She has three great questions:

1) Who are you touching as you are going?

2) Where are you stopping along your journey and why are you stopping?

3) How are you moving forward?

Lisa also spoke some great truth, reminding the girls that:

1) It doesn’t matter where you are doing as long as you go with Christ

2) God is more concerned about who you are on the inside as that will what is expressed on the outside.

3) It is not about what we do or don’t do, it’s about who He is in you. Are you glorifying God or not?

Lisa really drove it home with this final charge: As believers we are to honor Christ by growing spiritually, living authentically, and participating in His purposes. It’s a choice we make but if we don’t make it we can’t expect to know Christ deeper and be used by Him.

So thankful for these precious ladies that shared such applicable truths with us this weekend. Truths we ALL need to look toward and apply to our life every single day. If we take away anything from this weekend, remember this: YOU are responsible for your spiritual growth (ie: putting yourself in position to grow). This means being obedient and faithful to personal time in the Word and prayer, showing up for opportunities to grow like Sunday School, Youth Group, and other events, it’s sharing the Gospel, serving others, and it's putting yourself at the feet of people who are spiritually more mature and can pour into you…just as Paul mentored Timothy.

Who is your Paul? Will you pray this week about seeking a godly, older woman out to mentor you?

Check back later this week for Part 3 in this series. I’ll be recapping some of the activities and service projects we did as well as sharing some thoughts about the weekend from the girls that attended! Don’t forget pictures from the weekend are on our Girls Ministry Facebook Page!

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