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What is "The Process"?

"The Process" is a sermon series and discipleship tool that will help everyone that wants to grow in Christ.  There are 4 parts to the process.  Discern, Learn, Practice, and Reflect.  

Step 1 of "The Process" - Discern
(Watch the sermon by clicking HERE)

The first and a very important step in “The Process” is to DISCERN, perceive or recognize, an area one needs to grow in. Follow this helpful assessment to discover how God is challenging you.

 

Step 1 - Prayer

𝤿_____  I have prayed about what area God wants to grow me in 

If you have not, STOP and connect with God before continuing the assessment.

 

𝤿_____  God has already led me to an area where I need to grow (if checked, skip to Step 4)

If God has NOT shown you a specific area continue to Step 2

 

Step 2 - Community Input

𝤿_____  In the past month, through sermons, small groups, or conversations with my friends and family, God has clearly shown me an area He wants me to grow in my spiritual life. (if checked, skip to Step 4)

If God has NOT shown you a specific area continue to Step 3

 

Step 3 - Inventory

Which of these statements least represents you (please check only one) 

𝤿_____  I am not afraid to have God conversations with a friend who is a non-Christian

𝤿_____  I can easily talk with and care for those in need  

𝤿_____  I let go of things easily and can easily forgive 

𝤿_____  I talk to God in intentional prayer at times other than meals or bedtime 

𝤿_____  I spend regular time in God's Word, the Bible, each day 

𝤿_____  I am very responsible with the money that I earn 

𝤿_____  I can communicate the truth of the Bible and what I believe to those around me 

𝤿_____  I do not have any sins in my life that could be considered addictions 

𝤿_____  I enjoy spending time with Christians and like to have faith conversations with them

𝤿_____  I am enjoying the season of life I am in within my family and friends’ unit  

𝤿_____  I find it easy to be generous 

𝤿_____  I know my spiritual gifts and use them to serve God

 

Which of these outcomes would you be MOST excited to see growth in?  (please check only one) 

_____  Leading someone to faith in Jesus 

𝤿_____  Creating an ongoing relationship with someone who is in need 

𝤿_____  Becoming a better parent or spouse 

𝤿_____  Having the confidence to talk to and hear from God 

𝤿_____  Having a financial budget that I stick to 

𝤿_____  Finding freedom from a particular struggle in my life 

𝤿_____  Becoming content with my life and relationships

𝤿_____  Knowing how to read the Bible so it impacts my life everyday 

𝤿_____  Experiencing healing in my body and/or mind

𝤿_____  Being able to define and defend what I believe 

𝤿_____  Having a Christian community that encourages me and keeps me accountable

𝤿_____  Using my spiritual gifts to make a difference in my world

Step 4 - Discovery

After taking this assessment, I believe God wants me to grow in:_____________________.

 

In the next step, “LEARN”, you will discover what to do now that you know the area of growth God is leading you to.

Step 2 of "The Process" - Learn
(Watch the sermon by clicking HERE)

 

DEALING WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE:

Book: Handling Death, Dying and Grief by Marc Royer

Book Series: Journeying Through Grief by Kenneth C. Haugk

https://www.griefshare.org/

 

DEFENDING THE FAITH:

Book: The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Book: On Guard by William Lane Craig 

Book: Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis 

Book: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Frank Turek and Norman Geisler

https://www.churchoftheheartland.com/answerstohardquestions

www.reasonablefaith.org 

https://holdtheline.live/podcasts/

Growth Track Class:  Apologetics

Growth Track Class:  Comparative Religions 

 

EVANGELISM AND HELPING THE HURTING:

Book: Contagious Faith by Mark Mittleberg

Book: Hell’s Best Kept Secret by Ray Comfort

Book: Servolution by Dino Rizzo 

Book: The Church That Never Sleeps by Matthew Barnett 

Book: Azusa Street by Frank Bartlan

Growth Track Class: Outreach and Evangelism by Chris Miller

www.largerstory.com 

 

FINANCIAL HELP:

Book: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Book: The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason

Book: Financial Freedom by Marc Royer

Financial Peace University - Small Group

https://www.ramseysolutions.com/

 

FOLLOWING CHRIST

Book:  Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Book: What’s Next by Chris Hodges

Growth Track Class:  Gospels 

Faith Roots podcast with Willie George 

 

FORGIVENESS:

Book: Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer

Book: From Anger to Intimacy: How Forgiveness Can Transform Your Marriage by Gary Smalley

 

HEALING AND HEALTH:

Book: Christ the Healer by FF Bosworth 

Book: Destined to Reign by Joseph Prince

Book: Leaving Egypt by Chuck DeGroat

www.Wendyspeake.com 

 

MARRIAGE:

Book:  The 5 love Languages by Gary Chapman

Book: Making Love Last Forever by Gary Smalley

Book: The Great Sex Rescue by Sheila Wray Gregoire

https://xomarriage.com/ 

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/

https://www.lesandleslie.com/

https://www.authenticintimacy.com/ 

Blog: “To Love, Honor, and Vacuum”

Podcast: “The Bare Marriage”

 

MEN:

Book: Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

 

MENTAL HEALTH:

Book: Out of the Cave by Chris Hodges

Book: Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

Book: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & John Townsend

www.Kaywarren.com

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/ 

 

PARENTING AND GRANDPARENTING:

Book: Foundation 260 Bible Reading Plan by Robby Gallaty 

Book: Talking With Your Kids About God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Craine 

Books: Five Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter/Son by Vicki Courtney 

Book: The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps For Putting Technology In Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch

Book: Parenting is Heart Work by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller

Book: 52 Creative Family Time Experiences by Timothy Smith

Book: Overcoming Grandparenting Barriers: How to Navigate Painful Problems With Grace and Truth by Larry Fowler

Book: Long-Distance Grandparenting: Nurturing the Faith of Your Grandchildren When You Can’t Be There In Person by Wayne Rice

Book: Extreme Grandparenting by Tim Kimmel

Book: Parent Checkup: Seeing Through The Eyes Of Your Teenager by Richard Ross

Book: Becoming A Stepkid by Jay and Tammy Daughtry

Book: Co-Parenting Works! Helping Your Children Thrive After Divorce by Tammy Daughtry

Book: Going Solo: Hope and Healing for the Single Mom or Dad by Robert Beeson & Robert Noland

Book: My Single Mom Life: Stories and Practical Lessons for Your Journey by Angela Thomas

Book: The Smart Stepfamily by Ron Deal

https://www.loveandlogic.com/  

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/

www.legacycoalition.com

www.biblicalparenting.org

www.CoParentingInternational.com

www.SmartStepfamilies.com

www.TheStepmomConnection.com

 

PRAYER:

Book:  The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Book: Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets

Book: Problem Solving Prayer by Marc Royer 

Books: The Power of Praying for Wife, Husband, Children and Through Fear by Stormie Omartian

Book: Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Book: Prayers by Christian Word Ministries

Book: The Papa Prayer by Larry Crabb

Growth Track Class:  Spiritual Warfare 

 

PURPOSE AND KNOWING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS: 

Book: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Book: Fresh Air by Chris Hodges

Book: Finding Persona Significance by Marc Royer

Book: Square Peg, Round Hole by Marc Royer

Book: Teen Survival Guide for Life by Marceil Royer

Book: Girls with Swords by Lisa Bevere

Book: Fight Like a Girl by Lisa Bevere 

Book: Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer 

Book: Elijah:Faith and Fire by Priscilla Shirer

Book: Nineteen Gifts of the Spirit by Leslie Flynn

Growth Track Class: Ministry of the Holy Spirit

 

STRUGGLES AND ADDICTIONS:

Book: The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson

Book: The 40 Day Sugar Fast Wendy Speake

Book: Rethinking Sexuality: God’s Design And Why It Matters by Dr. Juli Slattery

https://www.celebraterecovery.com/

https://www.thejourneycourse.com/

App: Covenant Eyes

 

STUDYING THE BIBLE:

Book:  How to Study the Bible by Dwight Moody

Book: Living by the Book Howard Hendricks

The Bible App 

www.youversion.com 

www.TCRG.org

www.blueletterbible.org 

 

WOMEN:

https://www.lproof.org/

https://goingbeyond.com/ 

 

***  These resources are suggested, and as with any resource there might be smaller things mentioned in these resources that are not the exact beliefs of Church of the Heartland 

 

 

 

 

Step 3 of "The Process" - Practice

(Watch the sermon by clicking HERE)

 

CHANGES WE CAN MAKE TO REACH PEOPLE FOR CHRIST
- Pick a non-Christian friend to develop a deeper relationship with 
- Practice sharing your testimony 
- Ask people if you can pray with them 
- Invite a non-Christian over for dinner 
- Find a group that you can join to meet non-Christians 

 

CHANGES THAT CAN HELP US BETTER SERVE PEOPLE
- Serve your family/friends by cooking a meal or helping them clean up 
- Spend a morning cleaning up a local park or neighborhood
- Create small food/essential bags that you keep in your car to give to those in need 

 

CHANGES THAT CAN IMPROVE OUR PRAYER LIFE
- Pray before every meal 
- Pray before the start of your day 
- Read a Psalm in your prayer time 
- Journal your prayers down, and see how God answers 
- Write your own song or poem to God

 

CHANGES WE CAN MAKE TO BUILD OUR FAMILY
- Assist without being asked 
- Just listen as they tell you how they are feeling 
- Make memories together  
- Say how thankful you are for them 
- Do what they want to do instead of what you want to do 

 

CHANGES THAT CAN HELP US STUDY GOD’S WORD
- Use the Bible app to read the Bible every day 
- Memorize a verse
- Research the passage you are reading using a commentary, or study Bible.  Dive in and look for things that you may have missed 

 

CHANGES WE CAN MAKE TO CONNECT WITH BELIEVERS
- Join a small group or go to a church event 
- Invite another Christian family over to your house for dinner
- Share a sin that you struggle with to a trusted Christian friend
- Mentor someone newer in their faith
- Sign up to serve here at the church

Step 4 of "The Process" - Reflect

(Watch the sermon by clicking HERE) 

- Properly reflect back on each stage of the process

- Reflect back and see if you did discern the right area that God wanted you to grow in

- Reflect back and see if you got the information you needed to get and learned what you needed to learn

- Reflect back and see if you put the information into practice

- There may be a few adjustments needed after looking back and reflecting on the process

- If you reflect back and no adjustments are needed, then celebrate all that God has done in you and through you in the process

STEP 2 "LEARN"

STEP 1 "DECERN"

STEP 3 "PRACTICE"

STEP 4 "REFLECT"