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AWH could be one of the best tools your church uses for discipleship, outreach/evangelism, education, community building and youth ministry.
It is every pastor’s dream, to have a church filled with people who spend a few minutes each day feeding themselves by studying God’s Word and fellowshipping with the Lord through prayer, praise and thanksgiving. But no pastor can personally sit down with everyone in his church and teach them to do this and give them the daily guidance that keeps them from falling in a rut or getting sidetracked. AWH devotions allow a church to reach this dream while overcoming the hurdles that often limit the effectiveness of churches simply promoting the importance of devotions from the pulpit. AWH gives a pastor and a church a tool to lead their community to discover Christ on a more intimate and regular basis.
AbideWithHim devotions can be used for small groups. During the week, everyone in the group is daily reading and studying the same set of Scripture verses (a Scripture passage for the week about 120 verses long in the New Testament and about 30 verses long in the Old Testament, not counting verses used for praise, thanksgiving, and confession prompts). When the groups gather together for their weekly meeting, everyone comes prepared, but more than that! With AWH everyone comes eager to ask questions and share about what they have studied. Groups use weekly discussion guides to direct the group study of the Scripture.
There is no better time for people to learn the importance of spending time daily with the Lord than when they are teens. Imagine if your students spent time every day carefully studying the Bible and journaling about how the Lord is speaking to them. If young people could develop this godly habit early in life, they are sure to be world changers for Christ! AWH provides the same quality daily devotion plan for teens. These devotions follow the same Bible reading assignments of the adult AWH but the life application questions and video are customized for teens. The video is recorded each day by a young lady who has learned to have a strong and consistent devotional life and is skilled in helping other teens to learn to do the same.
Most church members struggle to share the plan of salvation in a work or neighborhood setting, but they are usually very good at sharing about something new they are doing that impacts their lives. When church members get plugged into AWH devotions, it is not difficult for them to invite others to join them in these daily devotions or even to partner together to hold each other accountable in these quiet times. Well, nothing is more powerful in an unchurched person’s life than the Word of God. The frequency of new people with their new exposure to God’s Word making a decision for Christ is high, and your church can be the catalyst for this.
AbideWithHim devotions don’t try to get fancy with having people jump all through Scripture each day. No, in an AWH devotion, the believer focuses on a passage between 25 and 35 verses long. This passage follows right on the heels of the passage from the previous day. On Friday’s AWH directs the believer to a chapter in the Old Testament. Each year, those doing AWH devotions will work almost completely through the New Testament and will cover about fifty chapters of the Old Testament in verse by verse study.
Churches can have the option of having the AbideWithHim devotions co-branded with their church name and logo. There are also opportunities to have the AWH Journal custom branded for the church. Additionally, churches have the option of allowing their members to participate in the online discussion with everyone doing AWH devotions around the country or they can have their own discussion site where members of their church and community are sharing and encouraging others only in the same church and community.