Scripture fed, Spirit led, Worship based

6:00 PM in the A-Conference Room. Led by Director of Family Freedom Resource Center, Pastor Susan Sowell. 

Abide is our worship-based prayer gathering. Realizing we can do nothing apart from Jesus, Abide is designed to seek the heart of God and to rest and remain in Christ. We gather to focus on Scripture, spend time in prayer, and lift up our praise. Our hope is that our lives and our prayers will be transformed to reflect His glory.

What to Expect

We meet on Wednesday nights at 6:00PM in the A-Conference room for 45 minutes (we follow the church-wide Wednesday night programming schedule). Pastors and leaders will lead our time in the Scripture. We will spend time in guided prayer, both alone and in groups. Together we will praise God in simple acoustic, unplugged praise. We will transition through these three elements for 45 minutes (Scripture, prayer, and praise). We will partake of the Lord’s Supper at least once a month.

Why Abide?

We were led to create this environment by our study of John 15, which is the foundational passage for our ministry to adults (Milestone 7, Life in Christ). In this passage Jesus teaches His disciples how to be effective in life and in their service to God.

John 15:4
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”

We learn from this passage that to do anything meaningful for the kingdom we must remain in Jesus (vs. 5-6). Therefore, we desire to create an environment specifically for this purpose. At Abide we focus on embracing Christ as we yield to Him and His will for our lives.

Why Scripture fed?

God’s will is found in God’s Word! As we seek God in a spirit of worship and prayer our desire is to be in harmony with Him and His Word.

John 15:7
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

As we abide in Christ and in His Word, our prayers and even our desires are transformed to reflect His will. This is how we experience effective prayer that leads to a transformed life.

Why Spirit led?

As Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure He taught them to follow the Spirit, who will be their Helper and teach, remind, guide, convict, and speak to them as He glorifies Jesus (John 14:16, 25-26, 15:26, 16:7-11, 13).

John 15:26
“When the Helper comes, who I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.”

The Spirit leads us into the truth of Christ, which will feed our prayers and our praise. We desire to fully yield to the Spirit as He illuminates the will of God to us and empowers us to live it out.

Why worship based?

Our ultimate goal is to be a people that bring glory to God and His Son Jesus Christ. In the context of abiding in Christ, being fed by His Word, and yielding to the Spirit, Jesus explains how this produces a life of worship that glorifies God.

John 15:8
“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”

Our hope is this environment will allow us to rest in Christ as we gather and also equip us to remain in Christ as we scatter; that is, that we continue to abide in Christ throughout the week bearing fruit for the glory of God.