NLIs: Week 2 || DCXA Staff

February 20, 2024   /   DCXA-AU-GU

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Week 2


What is a personal relationship with God?

“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

  • God longs for with us.

Jesus is not a distant deity; He is .

Just as the disciples had a relationship with Jesus while He was here on earth, we can have that same relationship with Him.

  • Although He is no longer here in human form, we now experience that closeness through .1

With the help of the Holy Spirit, we have intimacy with God in many ways:

1. Reading God’s Word

The word of God is .2

The Bible is our spiritual .

“…It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

If we believe the Bible is our authority and determinative for belief and behavior, we have to !

Bible Reading Tool: PROAPT

Interpreting Scripture — How do we interact with tough texts?

  • We let the Bible , as opposed to letting our .

The 5 Little C’s and 1 Big C

Helpful lenses for confronting tough texts

5 Little C’s:

1 Big C:

The Holy Spirit teaches us and gives us understanding.3

2. Prayer

Prayer is how we with God.4

  • You can’t build a deep relationship without .
  • Jesus teaches us how to pray in Matthew 6:5-13.
  • Even Jesus prayed to His Father.

Prayer Tool: ACTS

The Holy Spirit helps us to communicate with God in ways beyond our own ability.5

3. Worship

Worship is a feeling or expression of _____________ to God; showing _____________ to God.

When we know and understand God’s greatness, something has to pour out of us. We have to be bursting at the seams in reverence to Him. That is what worship is.

So what does worship look like if it’s not just music?

  • ____________________________________
  • ____________________________________
  • ____________________________________ 6
  • ____________________________________ (Luke 6)

Worship isn’t about the __________________, it’s about being in God’s presence and giving Him the praise He deserves.

Worship Tool: The Psalms





Relationship with Jesus

Like any good relationship, .

Bible-reading, prayer, and worship are all that lead to relationship with Jesus.

  • They should happen throughout every moment of our lives, but they also should be a .

It’s about , not .

  • Righteousness comes out of relationship, not the other way around.

Just like a friend, dad, brother, lover, we can have a personal relationship with God, and everything about our faith comes out of this relationship and spending extravagant time in His presence.

Other Notes

Thinking Critically

Why does this matter?

What does this mean for my life / time at AU/GU?


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