Study With Intentionality

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We are all devoted to someone or something (or multiple things), whether we realize it or not.  It might be our spouse, our family, our children, our job.  Whatever it is, know this: a primary devotion to know God enriches all other activities and relationships of life.  The God of the universe knows us better than we know ourselves, and is inviting us into a divine relationship with tangible benefits that affect everything we do. The knowledge and experience of this relationship changes us. It's not just about being sure that we'll go to heaven when we die (although that's nice too!); it's about experiencing the abundant life right now, full of joy and peace, patience and confidence, which Jesus of Nazareth talked so frequently about.

Intentional Devotion
The earliest followers of Jesus were purposefully devoted to four key things as part of their daily routine– see if you can find them in Acts 2:42-47. Their devotion, coupled with God's promise and power, produced some awesome results in their lives (Acts 2:43).  They were devoted to these things because Jesus promised if we abide in these things (which is just a poetic way of saying, devoting ourselves), our lives will have meaning and purpose, and we will be "fruitful" and productive in our endeavors (John 15:5).

Inspired by this, Devoted is a Bible study and prayer group with this intention: to seek and to know God, taking Jesus at His word, so that we can find and fulfill our purpose in life, and experience God's presence and power. We are inspired by the four devotional activities of the ancient Christian community– study, fellowship, worship and prayer (Acts 2:42-47). During our weekly gatherings we give special emphasis to the first and last– study and prayer. We invite you to join us. No appointment necessary! Just show up and be still (or participate!), and listen to what God is saying to YOU.

Pastor Jesse Lund Pastor Jesse is a former corporate executive and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). He has extensive marketplace and ministry experience, and is an enthusiastic Bible teacher.

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