What’s Your One?
This year, we have challenged every member of National Heights to prayerfully seek to make at least one more step in their journey with Christ. Join us in the challenge! Maybe there is a ministry you have been praying about joining to serve; maybe there is someone God has laid on your heart to share the gospel; maybe there is a new step of discipleship you have been meaning to take, but haven’t found the right time. The right time is now!
Maybe your “One” is to begin your journey with Christ. We would love to share with you how you can know Jesus as your Savior and Lord! A great place to start is on our Next Steps page: Follow Jesus.
Each week, we will add new possibilities for your “One.” Several of these were suggested through an article by Diana Davis shared on Lifeway.com – thanks to Lifeway for providing great resources for evangelism and discipleship! We hope you will join us in answering the question, “What’s Your One?”
Possibilities for Your “One”
- Use the invitation cards provided in the auditorium foyer to invite friends and neighbors to join you in worshiping at National Heights. Leave a stack on your desk at work, on your dining room table, or anywhere friends and family might gather.
- Be a HOST. Find out how you can lead one of our small group Bible studies at our Life Group Resources page.
- Make God’s word a priority in your life:
- Make prayer a priority in your life.
- Start a strategic plan to memorize scripture (try the Bible Memory App).
- Make church a priority (you need the church and the church needs you).
- The next time you visit a fast food restaurant, give your server a generous tip and invite them to your church.
- Try a new method of Bible study. Some suggestions (from Rick Warren’s Twelve Dynamic Bible Study Methods):
- Devotional Method: Read a passage of scripture and reflect upon it until you discover a way to personally apply it to your life.
- Biographical Method: Study the life of an individual in the Bible, searching for why their life was a spiritual success or failure.
- Topical Method: Research a single topic (like prayer or joy) in one book of the Bible, or in the Old Testament or in the New Testament, or through the entire Bible.
- Verse by Verse: Study a passage focusing on the meaning and application of each verse.
“Hide” God’s word in your life. Keep scripture cards everywhere you go:
– behind the sun visor in your car
– on your bathroom mirror
– in your wallet or purse
– on your key ring
– on your computer monitor
– taped to your TV remote control
– be creative!
- Make two lists:
A list of reasons to praise God this week.
A list of people who need to hear you praise God out loud.
Choose one person each week to pray: “God, open the door for me to praise you out loud to this person this week.” Put people on your list you often encounter: grocery clerk, boss, teacher, friend, yard guy, nail tech, food server, neighbor, etc.
Take a walk through your neighborhood asking God to open your eyes to the possibilities. That cranky neighbor might be an opportunity to spread the joy of Christ. That unkempt yard might be an opportunity to serve a family in the name of Christ. Those kids riding bikes through your garden might be an opportunity to invite a child to VBS. Ask God to open your eyes!
- Make a post to Facebook or Instagram telling something that God has done in your life today. Maybe describe a story about how God has impacted your life through the ministries of NHBC and conclude with an invitation like “Join us this Sunday at 11:00!” You never know who might be reading.
- It’s prime season for kid’s sports leagues. At the next baseball, softball, or soccer game, make a point to get to know some of the other parents and grandparents. Invite them to NHBC.
- Spring means it’s time for garage sales. Our youth have their’s this weekend (April 12-13). We’ll be handing out invitations to our church ministries. If you have a garage sale at your home, why not do the same? Hand out invitations to NHBC and tracts explaining the gospel to those who stop by.
- Invite someone to join you at a special worship service (like Easter or Christmas) when people are very likely to respond positively to a personal invitation. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Use our NHBC invitation cards as a simple way to invite a friend.
- Spread some joy! You are surrounded by people in grief; some you know about, some you don’t. Whether you offer ministry or simply speak a kind word, let them see the joy you have in Jesus.
- Keep an “overcomer” notebook. Start a list of ways you have experienced the truth of John 16:33. Write down ways God has overcome “impossible” situations in your life; friends who came to Christ, illnesses that were healed, resources provided at “just the right time.” At least once a month, read over your list and remind yourself of Jesus’ promise, “I have overcome the world.”
How about a fun way to invite your neighbors to church? Use the sidewalk in front of your house to draw a fun chalk invitation to next Sunday’s worship service.
- Create a prayer list with purpose. Nothing glorifies God more than a person coming to faith in Christ. Create a list of your friends and family that need Jesus in their life and pray with a purpose!
Make a choice – you don’t always get to choose your circumstances, but you do get to choose how you react to your circumstances. Choose to live out what Jesus prayed (John 17:20-26): 1) Focus on the glory of Christ and 2) Strive for unity with fellow believers.
- One great way to remind yourself that God is at work is to tell someone else about it. At least once a week, identify some way that God is working in your life and share it with someone. You will both be blessed!
- Want a fun way to invite your friends to church? Use your automatic email signature line to add an invitation like “Check out what’s happening at NHBC – www.nationalheights.org.”
Everyone likes to hear their name. Get to know the names of all the teachers in your child or grandchild’s school. Make them a personalized basket of gifts – maybe a chocolate bar for each teacher with a special tag noting each teacher’s name and your appreciation for their work. Include information about NHBC ministries in the basket.