New IDJ OT Group Member

, we are excited that you are going to be part of our Open Table group.

Here are the details about our group:

  1. We meet on Monday nights, 6-8ish at the Light Church chapel, 831 3rd Street, Encinitas.
  2. Our Open Table group has an online group space that we use for communication and coordination on https://lightchurch.academy. When you log in with the registration credentials you created to set up your user account, you will see that you already have access to the course. It is called “Intentional Disciples of Jesus.” Feel free to explore it as much as you want, even now. Each week, the group will read one lesson with the associated daily scripture readings and then share and discuss at our Open Table meeting. We have created a video tutorial to illustrate the basics of the online group and course we will be using in this Open Table group. Please see it here: https://lightchurch.academy/tutorial/
  3. We also have a workshop at the Light Church chapel called “Street Level Healing” on Saturday, November 4 (8 a.m. – noon). This workshop will deepen our understanding and practice of ministering with Jesus to one another through the power of the Holy Spirit. See this link for workshop details and registration.
  4. One of our prayerful hopes is that Jesus will allow us to multiply this Open Table group in the next session. Alongside the Monday Open Table group meetings, we will build a leadership community to help those considering the opportunity to start their own group. Let us know if you’d like more information about participating.

How to make the most of your time with our Intentional Disciples of Jesus Open Table group

  1. By Your Intentionality: We meet as intentional disciples of Jesus with the explicit purpose of orienting (or reorienting) our lives around Jesus to live and serve as his disciples. We are called to have the same relationship with Jesus that characterized the first disciples. The distance between the first disciples and ourselves, in terms of time and culture, does not change the fundamental disciple relationship that every generation of believers should expect to have with the Lord Jesus, our savior, master, and King.
  2. By doing with Jesus what the first disciples did: As modern disciples of Jesus, we want to do with Jesus what the first disciples did with him. While we can’t physically walk with Him like they did, we can join them in four activities. Like them, we can worship him, listen to his voice, learn from him, and minister with him.
  3. Join The Rhythm of Our Small Group. As your schedule permits in the week leading up to our small group meeting:
    • Read, watch, or listen to the material in the week’s lesson.
    • Prayerfully read the daily scripture readings in the weekly lesson (and/or the Lectio Divina journal) and record your interactions with the Lord.
    • Participate in the larger congregational gatherings (Sunday services, Thursday morning Prayer Room meetings, etc.) for worship, prayer, ministry to one another, and study of the scriptures.
    • Meet up with each other for fellowship and encouragement, to do ministry together, and to build relationships.
    • Pray for the next Open Table meeting, specifically asking Jesus if there is someone He wants to speak to or heal when we meet next.
  4. As we meet weekly, participate in these four normal disciple activities.
    • Worship Jesus with music, vocal praise, thanksgiving, etc.
    • Listen to Jesus by sharing what we heard Jesus say during the previous week through the scriptures and what He is saying to us by the Spirit as we meet.
    • Learn from Jesus by summarizing the week’s lesson and discussion questions.
    • Minister with Jesus by praying for one another.

We hope you find these weeks spent with this community of disciples an encouraging time in your relationship with Jesus.

Yours in Him,

Ron & Susan Ford