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Week 1: not a fan.

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Last night I attended a new series with my Rooted group, it is called not a fan. It is based on the book by Kyle Idleman and about becoming a completely committed follower of Jesus. First we watched a 30 minute video and then we had small group discussion. It was really good.

The video is really more like a movie the way it’s laid out, which is good to keep attention, and I think it really helps keep people’s attention. The movie format, I think, also really helps people relate. The movie last night really hit home for me. There was a sudden death and it showed everyone’s reactions to death. The anger, sadness, compassion, gratefulness for knowing the person, etc. Why it hit home so hard though, is it reminded me of when my grandpa passed away in 2008. I totally lost God after his passing. I was very angry about it for a very long time and have just recently begun dealing with the emotions of what had happened. This has also led me back into God’s loving arms and surrendering my life to Him.

The basic question of this series is, are you a fan or are you a follower? What have you given up to follow Jesus? What has following Jesus cost you? Kyle asks you to DTR, define the relationship, with God. For me these questions are very hard to just answer. I think the answers are not black and white, but more grey and difficult to answer. I think my answer would be a fan transitioning to a follower. I am mid-journey and trying to get to being a follower with everyday that I spend growing my faith and understanding in the ancient word of Jesus.

Have any of you read the book or done the series with your church? What did you think? I just ordered the followers journal. I’m really excited to get it and start doing daily devotionals again. I really liked that part of the Rooted group.

I will be documenting my thoughts and experiences through the course of this study. I’m really excited to be participating in another small group at Faith Chapel Billings. I think the small groups is where all the growth really happens and the weekly services help to solidify and make you think about you and your relationship with God.


Easter Sunday – The Day I Publically Surrendered My Life to Jesus

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Easter Sunday was a pretty amazing day. Not only do we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, but I also decided to be baptized. This decision was a hard one for me. You see, I’ve been struggling with my belief and following of Jesus for some time. It really became hard for me after my grandpa passed away in December 2008. The reality was that no matter how hard I prayed the end result was the same. I could not understand why God would take such a great man from this world. So I lost my way.

In January I decided to join a friend at Faith Chapel for Sunday Service. I was hooked. She was doing this group called Rooted and I decided that Sunday that I would join this small group as well, but not in my friends group. She was in a married group and well not being married automatically threw me out of there. Haha. So I went for a singles, mixed group. It was the best decision I ever made. I’ve met some really awesome people and made what I believe to be lifelong friends. They are people that I see at church now and think I know them! It’s wonderful.

Anyhow, through the Rooted group, I learned so much about God and the Bible and just a general understanding of the “why” of things that I really started to feel comfortable with God and having a relationship with him. After our Week 9 meeting I started thinking really hard about being baptized again. Through Rooted I had repaired my relationship with God, I felt forgiven and I was willing to surrender my life to Him and start living his word. It was after the Rooted Celebration (week 11) that I really had a good heart to heart with myself and that Sunday I decided that I would be baptized on Easter during the service.

It was an amazing experience. I feel like the weights have been lifted now that I have publically declared my relationship with God. My family was there to help me celebrate and then we went back to my house for an awesome Easter dinner and family time.

Here are some pictures of me getting baptized. Enjoy!

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