So you want to start something, but don't know how, or where to begin, right? Well... let's start right here!
Praying for Yourself
- Pray that God will give you His vision, His plan for your neighbors, and that you will see people and their needs as He sees them.
- Pray that God will grow your heart for those who don’t know Christ and give you a desire to reach them through an NBS.
- Pray that you will be intentional about your own spiritual growth, allowing God to work in and through you.
- Pray for God’s guidance, equipping, and empowerment to move forward in what He is calling you to do.
As important as prayer is to the foundation and beginning of your NBS, your personal spiritual growth is just as important to sustaining your NBS.
In his acclaimed book on communication, Dallas Seminary Professor Dr. Howard Hendricks says it best: “The effective teacher always teaches from the overflow of a full life. If you stop growing today, you stop teaching tomorrow.” Mother Theresa reflects the same message: “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil into it.”
Our spiritual growth as leaders and facilitators of our NBS allows God to use us to model and encourage our members to pursue a relationship with Christ more intentionally. To be effective in encouraging our women to grow, we must be challenging ourselves by practicing spiritual disciplines beyond studying our NBS material – spiritual disciplines such as daily Bible and devotional reading and spending time with God in prayer and listening.
“You see, effective teaching comes only through a changed person,” says Hendricks. “The more you change, the more you become an instrument of change in the lives of others.”
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