• Making your Spiritual Life a priority in 2021

    Dec. 18th, 2020 - UTD BSM STAFF

    We believe that being intentional with your relationship with Jesus or exploring a relationship with Jesus is THE BEST THING you can do in 2021. We’ve put a few free resources and ideas together to help you in this journey. Enjoy! 

    1. Make a plan for spiritual growth. If you don’t, not much will happen! A great starting point is this half page Discipleship Wheel and Goal Setting Guide. It will help you take stock of where you are and dream a little about what God could do in and through you as you set some spiritual goals for this semester. It's a great, practical starting point. 

    1. Spiritual growth was not meant to happen in isolation. It’s important to share your goals and intentions with someone who can encourage you and help hold you accountable to these goals. As you share with a friend, it can be helpful to have some intentional questions to ask each other on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Here are a few ideas on these types of questions.

    1. If you’ve never read the Bible before or haven’t had a consistent study, try using the Discovery Bible Study method. It’s a short list of questions to ask yourself as you read a passage. Pick a book of the Bible (we suggest the Book of John or the 7 Stories of Hope listed on the Bible study resource linked below) and read a chapter or story each day, going through these questions. You can find the Discovery Bible Study questions here.

    1. If you’ve been  reading your Bible pretty consistently for a while now, it might be a great idea to take on a Yearlong Chronological Bible Reading Plan. The Bible Recap has a great daily plan and a short accompanying daily podcast to help bring more insight into each passage you read. You can find the reading plan and options for podcast download here.

    1. As you dig into the Bible, you’ll have questions. We’re here to talk through these things with you (just reach out!). But you can also reference The Bible Project. There are high quality animation videos written by Christian theologians. It’s a creative way to continue learning about what you are reading in your daily Bible plans. You can find the Bible Project videos here

    If you have a good rhythm of spending time with Jesus each day, the next step for you might be to pick up a book that will help enhance your time with Jesus. We suggest these books:

    1. Multiply by Francis Chan

    2. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

    There are a myriad of options for being intentional with daily time with Jesus, but we thought these would get you started. The most important thing is just to set aside daily time to be with Jesus through the Word, prayer and meditation. Start each time by saying, “Jesus,  I’m here to meet with you and to learn from you. Do a work in me.” And then spend time with Him! 

    If you have other resources that have helped you, feel free to share them with us - We’d love to hear what God is teaching you!