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Cultivating Fruitfulness (5 Practices)

All Excerpts below are written by Robert Schnase in "Cultivating Fruitfulness"

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Passionate Worship
The practice of Passionate Worship means to offer the best in worship with devotion and a celebration in expressing our love of God.

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."  (Psalm 118:24)

Pray:  Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, so that I may see your extraordinary presence among us in our ordinary worship each week.

Challenge:  Learn to prepare your own heart before attending worship.  Actively search for what God desires to say to you through the music, prayers, Scripture, sermon, sacrament, and fellowship.

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Intentional Faith Development
The practice of Intentional Faith Development refers to deliberate, purposeful action in growing in Christ.

"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 2:5)

Pray:  By your grace, O God, let every step I take bring me one step closer to you.

Challenge:  Commit yourself to participating in at least one small group, Bible study or class during the next six months.

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Radical Hospitality
The practice of Radical Hospitality means to offer the very best of ourselves to offer a gracious invitation to know Christ.

"Welcome one another, therfore, just as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God." (Romans 15:7)

Pray:  Gracious God, give me a heart that remembers the strangers who may be in my path today.  Help me share your all-encompassing love with them, just as you have shown love to me.

Challenge:  If you are a part of a Bible study, class, team or choir discuss the possibility of doing something that serves people beyond the congregation.  Be bold!

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Risk-Taking Missions & Service
The practice of Risk-Taking Missions & Service is to alleviate suffering and injustice to help others in the name of Christ.

For those who want to save their life will lose it and those who lose their life for my sake will save it."  (Luke 9:24)

Pray:  Lead us, we pray, in the ways of justice, mercy and peace.  Inspire us to live for others and alleviate the suffering of others.

Challenge:  If you are a part of a Bible study, class, team or choir discuss the possibility of doing something that serves people beyond the congregation.  Be bold!

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Extravagant Generosity
The practice of Extravagant Generosity is to give in unexpected measures as Christ gave unto us.

You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Pray:  Gracious God, teach me to be generous and joyful in my giving always.

Challenge:  Think of a difference, large or small, and surprise yourself by giving an unexpected gift!

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