“UP” Opportunities [Up, In, Out]

By Nate Kugel on September 15, 2016

At Bloomingdale Church we believe that a healthy church and a healthy spiritual life is built on relationships of “Up, In, Out.”

UP – A REAL GOD CONNECTION THAT HAPPENS DAILY
IN – RELATIONSHIPS THAT HELP ME GROW IN MY FAITH
OUT – SERVING AND HELPING OTHERS FIND JESUS AS LORD

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)

If you’re looking for an opportunity to cultivate a real, regular God-connection, consider these opportunities:

Bible Reading

Read the daily Scripture from Bloomingdale Church’s message outline or use another daily reading plan. Reflect on it and write short responses.

tapTruths = Summary thoughts, observations to remember.
Application = How should I respond?
Prayer = My expression to God from what I am reading/thinking.

 

Prayer

Find a place and time that you can be alone and be silent, and pray using a prayer model like the Lord’s Prayer or C.A.S.T.:

  • Confession
  • Adoration
  • Supplication
  • Thanksgiving

Worship

Gather with God’s people and offer praise to God together. Worship at Bloomingdale Church is Saturdays @5:30pm and Sundays @ 8:30 & 11am.

Helpful Resources

Apps and Online Resources

Books

  • Brother Lawrence, The Practice the Presence of God
  • A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
  • Dallas Willard, Hearing God
  • Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying Woman
  • Kathleen Grant, Praying in the Word of God
  • Philip Yancy, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
  • Bill Hybels, The Power of a Whisper