Writing a Personal Mission Statement

CLASS SESSION #19 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

In this session, Dr. Kenneth Hammonds leads the class in writing personal mission statements. If you have not done so already, please sign up for this blog at the bottom of the page to be alerted of new posts by the Three Bible Teachers.  Do not forget to access the class materials and additional resources that are available on the day of presentation through the “Quick Links” section.

Video Presentation on Rules of Life
In this video, Dr. Hammonds introduces the topic. If you like this video, please subscribe to his YouTube channel by clicking on the red button at the bottom right of the video (while playing).

“Writing a Personal Mission Statement” with Dr. Kenneth Hammonds
 

Session 19 of “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life”
The video below is the entire Zoom Class from September 24, 2020.  The video consists of the following parts:

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks
2. Presentation by Dr. Hammonds (same as above)
3. Zoom Class Discussion, Final Remarks, and Closing Prayer

“Healthy Habits of the Christian Life” Zoom Class (9-24-20)

Homework Assignments
Please view the videos for homework assignments.

Quick Links:
Link to: Mission Statement Worksheet
Link to: Chart of 52 Spiritual Disciplines
Link to: Website for Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

Developing a Rule of Life

CLASS SESSION #18 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

A rule of life is a commitment to live one’s life in a certain way. It is a simple statement of the principles by which we choose to live our lives. A rule of life can take the form of a motto, a phrase, or a short sentence. “JUST DO IT.” is a famous rule of life that you have probably seen on television and printed on articles of clothing. One example of a rule of life is Psalm 34:1, which states: “I will bless the Lord at all times.” This statement is an important guiding principles around which a person could organize his or her life. Several other examples of Scriptural rules of life include the following:

  • To live is Christ, to die is gain.
  • Do to others what you would have them do to you. (Golden Rule)
  • Pray without ceasing.
  • I have been crucified with Christ.

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The Spiritual Discipline of Listening Prayer

CLASS SESSION #17 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

Prayer is one of the most important Christian activities.  Prayer is personal communication and communion with God in worship.  To pray is to engage in a conversation with the Living God.  Because prayer is a mode of communication, it must involve our listening to God.  In fact, the listening aspect of prayer is probably more important than the verbal aspect.  In this session of “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life,” we will focus on the spiritual discipline of listening prayer.

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A General Introduction to Prayer, Part 2

SUPPLEMENTAL POST – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

In last week’s session of “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life” we began a discussion on the topic of prayer.  We learned that prayer is personal communication with God in worship.  The purpose of prayer is vital fellowship with the Creator.  If you have not yet watched the introductory videos or completed the homework sheet from Thursday, September 3, 2020, please review these items now.
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A General Introduction to Prayer, Part 1

CLASS SESSION #16 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

In this post we will explore the topic of prayer.  Prayer is personal communication with God in worship.  Its primary purpose is to cause you to enter into vital fellowship with the Father, to grow in Christ, and to become a Holy Spirit-empowered saint of God.  Because prayer is personal, we do not seek impersonal experiences; we pursue relationship with our heavenly Father.  When we dialog with the Lord in prayer, we should not forget that we are communicating with someone who deeply loves us.Continue reading “A General Introduction to Prayer, Part 1”

Practicing the Presence of God

CLASS SESSION #15 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Oscar Owens

In this post we will explore the spiritual discipline of practicing the presence of God.  Jesus said in Matthew 28:20 that he would always be with his followers.  The Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Christ, now permanently lives within believers (see John 14:16-17).  Practicing the presence of God involves learning how to cultivate an awareness of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life. Continue reading “Practicing the Presence of God”

The Spiritual Discipline of Praise

CLASS SESSION #14 – THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

In this post we will explore the spiritual discipline of praise. Praise is a form of worship. It is a verbal acknowledgment of the worth of God. Through praise we declare God’s goodness, greatness, majesty, and power. The interjection hallelujah is a command and an invitation for God’s people to praise him with reverence and joy.Continue reading “The Spiritual Discipline of Praise”

The Spiritual Disciplines of Service and Secrecy

CLASS SESSION #13 – THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

In this post we will explore the spiritual disciplines of service and secrecy. Service is the voluntary giving of time, talent, and resources. Secrecy is doing good deeds and acts of kindness with no mention to others. Both disciplines help us to shift attention away from our personal concerns to the needs and concerns of others.Continue reading “The Spiritual Disciplines of Service and Secrecy”

The Spiritual Discipline of Surrender

CLASS SESSION #12 – THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

In this post we will explore the spiritual discipline of surrender. To surrender is to give up control. When we surrender to God, we abandon ourselves to his loving control over all things. To surrender to God is to recognize that we belong to him. It is to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our lives. It is to say “Yes!” to him. Surrender is the only path to spiritual victory and fulfillment in life.Continue reading “The Spiritual Discipline of Surrender”

The Spiritual Discipline of Lectio Divina (Godly Reading)

CLASS SESSION #11 – THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Oscar Owens

In previous sessions of this series, Dr. Oscar Owens presented two ways of interacting with Scripture. On April 30, 2020 (session 4), he introduced the class to the beauty of Scripture meditation. On May 28, 2020 (session 8), he stressed the wonderful benefit of praying Scripture.  In this post we will explore a powerful spiritual discipline that combines these two practices. This spiritual discipline is called Lectio Divina (Godly Reading). Continue reading “The Spiritual Discipline of Lectio Divina (Godly Reading)”