Time Alone with God

Spending time with God is a concept that may be foreign to you, and it may seem difficult to feel like you are actually connecting with Him. At this conference you will have many opportunities to hear great talks, engage in good conversations, and listen to music - all to the glory of God. It’s also our desire that during this conference you would have time to personally encounter Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

It is our prayer that He would meet and impact you in a unique way during this conference. Please do not pass up the opportunity to connect with the one and only God through His Word in the midst of all the action and excitement of the conference.

We have put together the following pages for you to use in your study if you wish. The devotions will hopefully help you spend fruitful, quality time with the One who created you to know Him better as you see His Son in the pages of His Word.

December 29th

Matthew 13:44
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Pulling from all that you have heard or read about what is offered in the gospel, what are some reasons that Jesus could refer to his kingdom as “like treasure”?

What enables the man not only to sell all that he has, but to do it with joy?

What are some of the things in your life that are competing with Christ and his kingdom as the greatest of all your passions?

December 30th

Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Take time to highlight the characteristics of the man or woman who is blessed. What does he or she do and not do? How is he or she blessed?

Take time to enumerate all the reasons why the way of the Lord is greater than the way of the wicked.

How have you seen the truths of this psalm play out in your life and in the lives of others?

December 31st

Mark 10:17–31
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.

What made it so hard for the rich man to follow Christ?

What are some things you have given up or would need to give up in order to follow Christ?

What promise does Jesus make in verse 29 to all those who would leave everything and follow him? What do you think that could look like in your life?

January 1st

Mark 9:33–37
33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

What are some of the characteristics of those who are regardedas great in our culture?

What does it look like to be great in the Jesus’ kingdom?

In what areas of your life are you tempted to become “great” in the world’s terms instead of becoming great on Jesus terms?

What are some practical things you could do today that would embody the greatness Jesus speaks of?