Want To Read The New Testament With Your Cadre Friends?

Cadre’s 2018 read with friends covers the New Testament 2x.

Have you ever wondered what a chronological New Testament would look like? Or how the Gospels describe the same event with different words and perspective? If so, this reading plan is for you. It’s impossible to state exactly in what order everything happened but this is an attempt and we hope it will bring new light to the eternal story of Jesus Christ.

Search YouVersion plans for “NT CHRONOLOGICAL.”

We personally value and gain a lot of joy from reading with friends who share disciplemaking lives. During the first half of the year (182 days) we’ll read thru the New Testament to observe How Jesus’ Kavanah priorities and relationships spread through-out the New Testament adventure. We’ll read to gain insights on the life we should live with our friends and family. For the second half of the year (182 days) we’ll go deeper as we re-read the New Testament digging into the relationship of prayerfulness in our relationship with God, friends and family. To make it easy to follow along and also to share what you’re learning we utilize the reading plan feature of the FREE Bible App by YouVersion.

We’ll start the read in January, but we invite new friends to jump in along the way. Wherever we are in the sequence we invite you to begin where we are and read with us. 

Want to read with us? Simple click the link below to let us know and the reply will provide you with the link you’ll need to jump in an read with us.

I’m in! Go to the NT CHRONOLOGICAL PLAN in your YouVersion app and invite a Cadre Missionary to be your friend. We’ll link you into our friends list as we read and share insights together — Bill Allison, Dave Garda, Rennie Garda, Laura Slezak, Mark Obrien and Rachel Obrien.

Go Deeper Bonus. If you want to jump into one of our online Haver Groups we have two via Facebook. Both are private groups that require approval to join.

Email Bill@cadremissionaries.com to join our All Things Disciplemaking group. 

Email Dave@cadremissionaries.com to join our dialogue group titled, The Route 66 Journey for Disciplemaking Friends.

Got questions? Ask away: dave@cadremissionaries.com

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The best reason to study Scripture

Have you ever taken note of what the Bible says about itself? I did a little word study on that once, and here’s a brief snapshot of how the authors of Scripture describe it:

Your Word is flawless, more precious than gold, sweeter than honey;
it’s my delight, my counselor, my comfort;
it’s eternal, boundless, trustworthy, true, and right
it’s a lamp for my feet and a light for my path;
it’s like a fire in my heart;
it’s alive and active, sharper than a double-edged sword,
it penetrates to the soul and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart;
it is God-breathed and useful for teaching training in righteousness;
it is truth;
it sanctifies us;
it’s the joy of my heart;
it’s the way to life.

Wow. This is quite the book we hold in our hands. It is a reflection of the amazing God who wrote it for us, through the human authors. And His Spirit goes with His Word and empowers it.

The ancient rabbis taught that kavanah was necessary in four facets of life: prayerfulness, studying Scripture to know God, loving others, and doing your life’s work as an act of worship.

Pray, study, love, live.

They held that to really honor God, we must pray, study, love and live with intentionality—paired with an expectancy that God is here and that he will work.

To know God himself

Ultimately, the best reason to study Scripture to know God. The Bible is an essential, incredible part of the life of a Christ-follower’s life. It’s in Scripture that we get to know God’s heart and see how he’s acted on behalf of his people and his name throughout history. In it we glean wisdom and learn God’s will. Of course, ultimately, we get to know God Himself, and that profoundly shapes every other area of our lives. And the more we know Him, the more we love Him, which is the most important of all (Mark 12:28-30).

We pray that today, you’ll open your Bible with fresh eyes. Approach God’s word with kavanah: with intentionality and commitment, but also with an awed expectancy that the power of the Most High is at work in its pages and wants to be at work in your life because of it. We pray that you not only read it, but you study it, love it, learn it, and live it. It’s in keeping it that there is great reward.

Hitting the kavanah bullseye

Kavanah is one of the key words we Cadre missionaries use often.

It’s a Hebrew word that helps us understand how God empowers us to live as disciplemakers. In its simplest form, kavanah means “to aim.” In disciplemaking, it describes the place where my disciplined actions meet God’s active presence in my life.

If disciplemaking is about following Jesus together, every day, we need his power to do it. And kavanah helps us see how.

We find the roots of Kavanah in the Babylonian Talmud. Berakoth 32b says, “Our Rabbis taught: Four things require to be done with kavanah, namely, [study of] the Torah, good deeds [loving others and showing kindness], praying always, and one’s worldly occupation.”

Kavanah is how we hit the bullseye as a disciple. It enables us to be filled up by Jesus, anticipating what God is going to do in us, through us and around us.

We practice these disciplines, depending on the help of the Holy Spirit to hit the kavanah bullseye:

1. Studying God’s Word to connect with him share what we’re learning about him.

2. Prayerfulness

3. Loving others as an overflow of God’s extravagant love for us.

4. Living a life that’s worship, as we work, play and invest in our friends and family.

As we study, pray, love and live together, we hit the bullseye as disciples who makes disciples, who make disciples.

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Hitting the bullseye together

In 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, Paul explains this to his friends:

“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Paul reminds his friends they aren’t left on their own to follow Jesus. He is praying that God will enable them to live out their life with Jesus as they walk each day. Paul clearly expresses the kavanah bullseye: God will help you (enable, empower, prompt) to live with him and with each other in the way he desires, the way Jesus described in Acts 1:8:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Remember, Acts 1:8 isn’t a missionary verse. It’s a disciplemaking promise for every follower of Jesus.

Kavanah describes hitting the bullseye of God’s target for your life. God’s power and presence guide the flight of the arrow. Words like enable, empower, and prompt are beautiful pictures of the way God guides our lives toward his target: us living a disciplemaking life, for his glory!

This life includes walking in step with friends as we support one another in following Jesus. When Paul says to “to live a life worthy of his call,” he expects the Thessalonians will already understand what he means by a worthy life.

To live a life worthy of God’s call, we’ve got to following Jesus with friends, in the kavanah power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

  • When did you last sense God’s prompting…and obey?
  • How can you walk in God’s power today to make disciples with your family and friends?

Eyes of a Child…

Ok we know that kids say the “darnedest things” as the saying goes… but toss in a disciplemaking journey (we call ours Bible Breakfast and it happens at Old Macdonalds three mornings a week) and the sayings change… Here are a few moments with five year old Bryce over the course of the past week…

Hey Papa, listen to the rap song I wrote…

Mouth noises start then… the singing begins…

Everything is awesome… Everything is good… yet it’s all falling apart at the seams. But it’s cool to be part of a team.

Ok… do you want to break that down or should I? Can you identify a mix of Bible truths that would flavor his insights.

Then while our oldest puppy (yorkie) Snickers was dying of a stroke… Bryce walked the family room and prayed: God, Snickers is really, weally weally sick. Can you heal him like you have healed others? He needs to be able to walk again so he can go outside and poop. Ok God he weally needs your help. weally. In Jesus Name Amen

Then two days after Snickers went to heaven… DEAR JESUS, you brought Lazarus and some guys daughter in the Bible back from the dead. You rose again. Can you help Snickers and bring him back from the dead? If you want that’d be great. In not can you Bring us a new Snickers by Christmas. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

So what are you praying today? How does who God is and what he has done fuel how you’re willing to pray? The more we are in God’s Word together with Bryce, the more we can pray!

Thanks for your eyes, BRYCE!

 

The intentionality of disciplemaking “as you go”

Jesus said, “go and make disciples.” But what did he mean by “go”? Many scholars and theologians believe the best translation of “go” is “having gone” or “as you go.”

Think about the implications of that for your life.

Could it be as simple as this: “As you go about life, make disciples”?

  • Are you a stay-at-home mom? “As you go about mothering today, intentionally seek to make disciples like Jesus.”
  • Are you a student? “As you go to school today, intentionally seek to make disciples like Jesus.”
  • Are you in business? “As you go about your business today, intentionally seek to make disciples like Jesus.”
  • Are you on staff at a church or ministry? “As you go about your ministry today, intentionally seek to make disciples like Jesus.”
  • Are you a construction worker? “As you go about constructing today, intentionally seek to make disciples like Jesus.”
  • Are you a farmer? “As you go about farming today, intentionally seek to make disciples like Jesus.”
  • Are you a _________ ? “As you go about ________ today, intentionally seek to make disciples like Jesus.”

Living out disciplemaking “as you go”

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But let’s be honest. Most of us are not living with this kind of disciplemaking intentionality. This must change. Jesus wants us to bring his disciplemaking intentionality and proactivity to every nook and cranny of our lives. Disciplemaking like Jesus isn’t something you add on to your life, it’s a way of life. “As you go about life today, make disciples.”

Here’s some good news: Jesus isn’t asking you to form so many different circles of relationships that you’ll never be able to manage them all.

Here’s the challenge: As you go about your life today—whatever that—Jesus wants you to bring his disciplemaking intentionality and proactivity to those relationships.

Will you?