As we began the first day of the conference, we were immediately blessed and overcome by the testimonies coming from our compañeros. They have seen life changes, restored marriages and are full of excitement and trust seeing God at work.
We have intentionally kept this group smaller for more personal work but the men are representing several villages that we’ve worked in over the past several years: Villa Real, Santa Fe, El Portillo, El Guano, Las Brisas and Monte Fresco. We had an initial one hour session and Jeff led the group in a prayer time focused on Romans 8:26 – 27:
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
We are showing them a study exercise that will help them understand some ways to mine the Bible and listen to God. We are doing this by folding a paper into thirds and breaking down the passages.
- What is God saying to you here in this passage?
- What is God asking you to do and what will you do with what you have heard from God in this passage?
- How will you pray this passage?
The overall goal in this exercise is to cover important themes, specific topics and also help to show how to go about getting into the Word to listen to God and then to obey Him. Specific themes that we are discussing are:
- Listening to the Voice of God
- Church from the Kingdom of God’s perspective
- Men’s Spiritual Battles
- Forming a Gospel Planting Team
- A Kingdom of God Vision
- Gospel Planting Networks