Is NEXT a bible study?
NEXT is not a bible study.
NEXT is a discipleship plan designed to answer the three questions that help us live a dynamic Christian life, one that helps us experience God in our lives and in the lives of others. These three questions are:
- Where am I?
- Where am I going?
- How do I get there?
Where do I begin?
You can pick up a NEXT packet at the Welcome Desk.
How long does it take?
NEXT is designed to be completed at your own pace. After receiving the packet, you can read the introductory material, complete the assessment and decide on your challenge tracks. Living Word will be offering NEXT Workshops regarding each of the Discover, Challenge and Advance portions of NEXT.
What will I do with NEXT?
NEXT will help you see where you can grow in your personal faith and help you determine where your faith life intersects with Living Word. Once your Challenge Tracks are submitted to our NEXT Coordinator, Connie Davidson, we will help you connect with the appropriate persons to help you grow.
The following assessment offers a way for you to honestly assess how you have grown in the areas of worshipping, learning, serving, and celebrating. At the end, you will have an opportunity to tally your answers and summarize your findings. This is strictly a personal evaluation. It is in no way meant to be a measure of your worth. This assessment simply serves to show where you are and where you may want to go in structuring your challenges.
We are now ready to look ahead to challenges in our spiritual lives and our community of faith. Let’s start by finding out where we are. Consider saying a prayer like the one below before you start, asking God to help you see ways in which you do not feel challenged or compelled any longer and ways that your growth and enjoyment of the Christian life can be inspired.
Dear God, You said that if I search for You and the path you have for me, I will find it. Help me see my life as it really is. Open my eyes to the ways in which I can be challenged to grow in my relationship with You. God,I ask you to give me understanding about what you have next for me. Show me how I can help others as we journey together. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I might embrace the challenges you set before me with courage. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
NEXT Challenge Tracks
Are you interested in harnessing the power of change to catapult you into the next stage of growth in your life as a Christian? The aim of NEXT is to empower you to choose challenges in which you can leverage your strengths to attain goals. The lists of challenges available to you are not exhaustive. They give you an idea of what might be available to you. You are free to adapt the challenges you see here or create new challenges.
You will also notice that some challenges are designated for cultivating faith within the church community whereas some challenges are meant to be engaged in the community or world. While we believe as does the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, that “the world is our parish,” we want to be mindful that our development includes both our development in the community of faith as well as our action to spread the gospel in word or deed in the community.