What is One Degree Shift?

There’s so much in our world competing for our attention, and it takes intentionality to shift our focus back to God. But sometimes it’s hard to apply what we’ve learned from a Sunday sermon. We might not know where to start, or it might feel overwhelming to apply everything. What if you could take just one next step, a small shift in behaviour that would allow you to become a little more like Christ? Our One Degree Shift initiative will help you with small steps to build on what you’ve learned and carry your spiritual practices into the week. After each sermon series, we’re going to provide you with actions and resources that will take you beyond Sunday and help you centre each day around Jesus.
 

 

 

“We The Church” 

Select one or two actions you can take as your next steps in growing as a disciple of Jesus. 

LOVE GOD 

  1. Listen to the podcast, Pray the Word with David Platt. Join Platt for these 5-minute segments that focus your mind on a short passage of Scripture and help you learn how to pray it before God. 

 

  1. Read and work though all 8 lessons of The Emotionally Healthy Church Workbook individually, with a spouse, or with a small group of people. 

 

  1. Ask a friend, spouse, or family member to join you in memorizing the Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 

 

LOVE OTHERS 

  1. Register for One: Racism and a Biblical Response Equip Class. 

 

  1. If you are looking for a place to serve at Forward Church, fill out the Opportunities to Serve Form. 

 

  1. Invite one or more people to join you in reading Francis Chan’s book Until Unity. Gather after each chapter online or in person to discuss what you’re learning. At the completion of the book, commit to two or three action steps in response to what you learned. 

 

SERVE THE WORLD 

  1. As a Discipleship Group, plan an outreach event or integrate serving into the regular rhythms of your meetings. For example, you could connect with a local retirement or care home for regular visits or gather there once a month. Find ways to serve through Safe Families or House of Friendship. These are only a few ways that your Discipleship Group can live out what it means to “Serve the World”. 
  1. Run an Alpha Course as a Discipleship Group out of your home or at a coffee shop. This is an easy and effective way to reach your friends and neighbors with the gospel. You can find all the resources you need to host your own group at https://alphacanada.org/run-alpha/ 
  1. Watch “Our Collective Calling of Evangelism” by Michael Frost. Be sure to set aside time to discuss with your Discipleship Group how you were challenged in your perspective and how you will respond in your actions. 
 

 

“Everyday Disciples”

Select one or two actions you can take as your next steps in growing as a disciple of Jesus.

LOVE GOD

  1. Read The Christian & Obedience by Bill Bright.
    • Write down three things that you are personally challenged with from this book.
    • Write down specific steps that you will take to begin putting into practice what you have personalized.
    • Share with a close friend or spouse what you have written down and ask him/her to check back with you in a week or two to discuss your progress.
  2. Register for the upcoming Theological Foundations Equip Class. This class will show how theology can be practical and can lead to a greater worship of God.
  3. Register for “The Gift of Lament” Equip Class. Learn how being open and honest with God can be catalytic for growing in your love for Him.

LOVE OTHERS

  1. Join a Discipleship Group if you are not yet part of one. Discipleship Groups are at the heart of what it is to be the church.
  2. If you are looking for a place to serve at Forward Church, fill out the Opportunities to Serve Form.
  3. Register for the Spiritual Gifts Equip Class. Find out your particular area of gifting and how it can best be used to build up the body of Christ.

SERVE THE WORLD

1. Register for the Evangelism in a Skeptical World Equip Class. Learn how the good news of the gospel can be presented in a way that engages even the most skeptical person.

2. Run an Alpha Course out of your home or at a coffee shop. This is an easy and effective way to reach your friends and neighbours with the gospel. You can find all the resources you need to host your own group at https://alphacanada.org/run-alpha/.

3. Become informed and get engaged with God’s global heart by visiting https://www.fellowship.ca/FAIR. Find out how you can help global needs in practical ways.

 

 

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