SUMMER SURVIVAL

Have a plan!

1: Daily Time With God in His Word

The no. 1 priority in your summer, as in all of your life, must be fellowship with God. Seek to know Him, love Him and serve Him. We can’t know God intimately without knowing the Word of God. His Word is the food that nourishes our souls.
 

How to Do This

Set aside time daily. Start with 15-30 minutes and try to build up to 45 minutes to an hour — to spend alone with God in praise, prayer, and reading and listening to His Word. You will find several helpful resources at www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow.


2: The Right Fellowship

Fellowship is sharing life with those who are followers of Jesus. It’s not a coincidence that the major periods of spiritual growth in our lives are often also times of rich Christian fellowship. In Acts 2:42 we read, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,” and in verse 46, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” Like the early Christians, you need to make fellowship a priority in your life.

How to Do This


3: Self-Discipline

Discipline has a direct impact on steady spiritual growth — growth that isn’t dependent on events or circumstances. Discipline is the ability to order one’s life according to what one has determined to accomplish or achieve. It means that we make choices about what is important and how we invest our time. If you have placed your faith and trust in Christ for the forgiveness of your sin, God has already given you His Holy Spirit, a Spirit of selfcontrol and discipline (2 Timothy 1:7), so ask Him to develop within you the fruit of self-discipline. What would you like to see God do in your life this summer?

How to Do This Practically:

 

what this means is that you make choices now as to what you are going to commit yourself to this summer. It means saying yes to habits and activities that will help you grow spiritually and saying no to the habits and activities that could potentially drag you down.

 

Final Encouragement

God has given you both the resources and the responsibility to pursue and plan for your spiritual growth this summer and to effectively resist temptation. His grace is sufficient, and He gives you adequate resources to meet each day’s challenge as you depend on Him and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. You might want to review the booklet Satisfied?, which you can find at www.cru.org/us/en/ train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/satisfied.

More practical help:

Go to www.cru.org/trainand-grow to download additional materials and help you dig deeper spiritually.

Meeting with God

A great way to enjoy time with God is to write about what you’re learning when you meet with Him. A journal is an excellent tool for recording these thoughts and emotions. Also, your journal is a useful place to write down your observations as you study God’s Word.

 

When you record your observations from personal Bible study, use the following suggestions to help you get started of God’s guidance and faithfulness.

10 minutes

Record your thoughts, feelings and prayers from your time with the Lord.

 

20 minutes

Read: Study the passage for the day. Read a book passage by passage and focus on a topic to study, or use the suggested schedule below.

 

5 minutes

Need: Decide what your greatest single need is for the day. Ask the Lord for a clear insight about your life. Trust Him for great things.

Pray: Spend time in prayer. The ACTS strategy for prayer is a good model to begin with.


2 Reading Plans to try

Option No. 1: Growing Closer to God in 31 Days

Take one passage a day to read and meditate on as you grow closer with the Lord

Option No. 2: New Testament Summer Reading Plan

Read through all of the New Testament during the summer. Gain an overall grasp of the New Testament.