Changing the World Through Jesus

His disciples came to him, and Jesus began to teach them.
-- Matthew 5:1-2

Why Immersed in Jesus

Why "Immersed in Jesus"?

Jesus encouraged his original followers – called disciples – to make more disciples, people who follow his teachings (and get baptized, as we find in Matthew 28:19,20). A “disciple” back in Jesus’ day was someone who would stick close to his “master” in the learning process, walking, talking, working with him, even living with him in some cases. This was often more than a month or two apprenticeship, but years, or like in the case of Jesus, a life-long concept. The premise behind this site is to help you stick close to Jesus as a life-long follower, staying immersed in Jesus.

Immersing, Yielding, and Relating with Others

There are three basic components we consider necessary for spiritual growth:

  • God's Word
  • God's Spirit
  • God's People

We seek to stay immersed in Jesus and grow in our lives as disciples.

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Immersing in God's Word

This discipline puts you in God’s Word daily, encouraging you not only to read the Word, but also to note how you are experiencing the Word in your spirit, thoughts and emotions. Pay attention to words and phrases that catch your attention, and ask God about them, knowing that he desires to shape and mold you as His disciple. Consider journaling, even if only a line or two. Feel free read the context (verses before and after) to scripture passages.

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Yielding to the Holy Spirit

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would remind his disciples of what he taught; That Spirit helps us too. You’ll find opening and closing prayers here, reminding you to yield to the Holy Spirit in both these devotions and in life itself.

Opening Prayer:  

Spirit of God, You are my primary teacher of God’s Word; I yield my heart and mind, my soul and spirit, my will and imagination to You as I immerse myself in the Word during these dedicated moments. Teach me in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Closing Prayer

Spirit of God, I pray that you use this time of devotion to shape and influence my thoughts and emotions as well as my actions and attitudes throughout the day. May all who encounter me also encounter You in me. Again, I yield my heart and mind, my soul and spirit, my will and imagination to You as I immerse myself in the rest of this day to God’s Glory; In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Relating with Others

At least once a week, make a point to connect with a small group of people (as few as 2 or as many as 15) centered on growing in Jesus, enabling you to work ‘life together’. This is a tremendous environment to share what you’re learning or wrestling with while in God’s Word. Encourage, admonish, strengthen, and love each other in these get-togethers. This is the third component by which God matures his people. So whenever you can make it happen, do so; don’t ignore it.

Your Personal Discipleship Time

One of the goals with being immersed in Jesus is that each person (like you) defines her/himself as a disciple of Jesus, believing that the mandate of discipleship is coming directly from Jesus Himself. This means you are responding to His call on your life, following Him, letting Him change you, and working with Him in His mission to help make disciples of other people along the way.

Learning Circle

God is always trying to speak to us, using moments in our lives to get our attention. Two basic questions you may want to get familiar with asking daily relate to what Mike Breen of 3DM ministries calls a learning circle:

  1. What is God saying to me?
  2. What am I going to do about it?
Mike Breen, Lifeshapes, 3DM Ministries

Don’t expect everyone to be a mature disciple immediately, but do expect to be on a path to maturity – don’t assume it will simply happen. You will be learning to listen for, hear, and respond to Jesus’ voice. As one grows in this process, it is natural to have questions arise – write them down. Later that day or week, ask a trusted Christian friend about it or someone else who is discipling you personally; do not simply make up your own answers.

In addition to the basic questions above, you may find other questions helpful as well throughout the week: What did you learn? Is this new or a reminder of past learning? What did you wrestle with this week because of God’s Word? Is this new or has it persisted for awhile? Did God convict or comfort you in some way? How? What emotions are you feeling? What questions do you have about the readings?

Immersion Daily Devotions

One of the ways we stay immersed in Jesus is through God’s Word. By engaging with it regularly such as through daily devotion time, we enable God (Jesus) to teach us and even meet us through the experience; a person may read the bible with different intentions, among them:

  • Intellectual (to learn about God and His ways)
  • Emotional (for strength, comfort, support)
  • Guidance-driven (seeking direction, advice)
  • Experiential: Connect with God through His Word (like this site)

The Primary Purpose for Immersion

Thinking Question

Our chief goal with God’s Word is to bring about an encounter with the Living God, also known as the Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ – and our Father in Heaven –Abba. We know God uses such encounters to create, sustain, or grow faith in His people and complete work He aims it to do in and through us.

As you engage God’s Word, remember that it is “living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”. (Hebrews 4:12).

And know that there will be times when God challenges you through His Word. Gladly embrace this truth, keeping in mind this other verse from Hebrews: "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it”. (Hebrews 12:11)

Let God train you through his Word, Spirt and Body.



Devotions

August 19 - August 25, 2019

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Jesus even uses the word love to express ...

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August 12 - August 18, 2019

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It is good to love ourselves, but not in the manner of putting sinful desires (ours or others) above...

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August 5 - August 11, 2019

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And this week we add that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

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July 29 - August 4, 2019

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My body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, whom I received from God...

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July 22 - July 28, 2019

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Are we supposed to love ourselves? You won’t find a bible quote for it....

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July 8 - July 14, 2019

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The people of God in Ephesus were on the Apostle Paul’s mind – and it drew him...

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July 1 - July 7, 2019

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Pray that the Holy Spirit works with you to be kept from heart problems...

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June 24 - June 30, 2019

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By believing in Jesus, I will never die. My hope is built on nothing less...

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June 17 - June 23, 2019

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through...

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June 10 - June 16, 2019

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According to the bible, there are contrasting or even competing parts within you. Romans 7 describes them as...

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June 3 - June 9, 2019

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The goal is to immerse ourselves in God by submitting to His Spirit. God calls us to live by the Spirit, not the law...

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May 27 - June 2, 2019

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I am a child of God. Even though my body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives me life because...

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May 20 - May 26, 2019

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The goal is to be intentional about immersing ourselves in God by submitting to His Spirit. God calls us to live by...

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May 13 - May 19, 2019

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When disciples tire of doing good (which happens to many of us), the Apostle Paul encourages us to look at the bigger picture, to...

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May 6 - May 12, 2019

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We want to reflect the attitude of Christ Jesus in our marriages, in parenting, and in our lives outside the home as well.

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April 29 - May 5, 2019

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What is a servant disciple? A disciple is a follower – and in the Christian faith almost always means a follower of...

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April 22 - April 28, 2019

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The Apostle Paul did preach – but not for personal gain. His preaching – AND living AND sharing his life with others...

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April 15 - April 21, 2019

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We set aside our normal devotional routine and let the words of our precious Lord Jesus...

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April 7 - April 14, 2019

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All teaching in the Bible, whether coming directly from Jesus or another person moved by the Holy Spirit, is God’s Word. 

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February 25 - March 3, 2019

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All teaching in the Bible, whether coming directly from Jesus or another person moved by the Holy Spirit, is God’s Word. 

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February 18 - February 24, 2019

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Envision this in your world: Everything you do has its intended effect to bring glory to God. 

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February 11 - February 17, 2019

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In the early weeks of reflecting on fostering relationships with people, we focused on introducing people to...

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February 4 - February 10, 2019

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This week we think about people who have already had experience with God. We want to help them...

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January 28 - February 3, 2019

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Not everyone has come into contact with the love and grace of God that we know in Jesus. But we want them to experience this.

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January 21 - January 27, 2019

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This is why we build churches and print Bibles; it’s why we send missionaries and call pastors; it's why we write and read devotions. 

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January 14 - January 20, 2019

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More than once the Bible exhorts us to have faith like a child. Here we are backing up even further with a call to...

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January 7 - January 13, 2019

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God’s desire is more than for us to hear is Word; He desires us to know his Word, to learn it, to absorb it and to...

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December 30, 2018 - January 6, 2019

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This month’s devotional focuses on being intentional about immersing in God and His Word. Apostle Peter both warns and...

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2018 Devotions

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Today's theme is not just for the week, but for the year: we have two phrases from Jesus that we will be applying...

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2017 Devotions

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I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave....

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