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Don't Waste Your Quarantine | Spiritual Growth for Quarantine Season

Apr 07, 2020

Introduction

Following the Holy Spirit, we exist to create a movement of disciple-making disciples, in RDU and around the world. During this season when we aren’t able to gather together in person, we want to provide you with some helpful tools and resources to not only grow as a disciple but also be a faithful witness to the hope we have in Christ.

As a church family, we want to ask ourselves this question: “How can we use this season to grow as disciples of Christ while making him known to others through our words and actions?” We want to use this time well. We don’t want to waste this moment, rather we want to trust that God will redeem it. The following verses serve as a guide for us in this unprecedented season:

  • “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance” - Proverbs 21:5 (ESV)
  • “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.” - Ephesians 5:15–16
  • “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” - Philippians 1:9–11
  • “We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” - Colossians 1:9–10
    Tools and Resources

Below are some helpful tools and resources to grow us in our love of Christ and in making him known during this challenging season.


1. In Your Everyday Life:
Be purposeful in your daily and weekly habits


  • Develop a daily or weekly schedule that includes cultivating spiritual, physical, and emotional health
  • Set specific goals for yourself and your family
  • Be intentional about keeping close family and friends updated on how you and your family are doing through FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or an old fashioned phone call.
  • Read a book (Here are a few of our recommendations.) 
    • Read Slow: A collection of 15 of the best chapters and meditations on anxiety



2. In Your Spiritual Disciplines: Be passionate about growing as a disciple of Jesus


  • Develop a personal prayer practice
    • Use this helpful guide to help you start spending more time in prayer—from praying three minutes a day to 30 minutes a day over three weeks
  • Develop a Bible reading practice
    • Download a free, 60-day trial for Dwell, a Bible-listening app.
      • Click the link above, specifically for The Summit Church, and download the app on your Apple or Android device.
  • Develop a fasting practice
    • Plan to fast for breakfast and lunch one time each week
  • Develop a memorization/meditation practice
    • Read this article on why it is important to memorize Scripture and some tangible ways to do it


3. With Your Family (or Roommates/Friends): Be intentional about cultivating a vibrant household


  • Pray out loud with your household every day
  • For weekend resources, check out this page each weekend for updated sermon notes for the whole family and each week's small group guide.
  • For weekday resources, check out this guide to develop spiritual practices with your kids and students.
  • Play some indoor and outdoor games
  • Do a group workout
  • Do projects around the house



4. With Your Community: Pursue ways to love RDU and the world


  • Pray, pray, pray for your neighbors and city
  • The Nextdoor app is a great way to be proactive with serving your neighbors and helping them with needs.
  • Watch this four-session series based on the book The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon to learn what it means to be a good neighbor. They discuss the importance of pushing through the uncomfortable feelings that come with communicating, investing in, and caring for the people who live near us. What would our communities look like if we took Jesus’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves seriously?



5. With Your Small Group: Continue to spur one another on to know God and make him known


  • While we won't be able to gather as small groups in person, we want to encourage every group to continue to relationally engage and meet virtually each week. This is a great time for you to assist your “technologically challenged” small group leader, as you use a virtual meeting platform! You can find each week's small group guide included in our weekly resources, updated every Friday.
  • Small group leaders: We will continue to resource you through the SG Weekly Update each Friday afternoon. You can expect resources ranging from how-tos for virtual community tools to weekly group curriculum.


6. For Your Emotional and Spiritual Health: Engage with Counseling Resources Created by Pastor Brad Hambrick


  • Our Pastor of Counseling, Brad Hambrick, has been sharing his wisdom each week on anything from being a good friend during the pandemic to talking about the coronavirus with your kids to maintaining positive morale. You can read his latest posts here.