Of his days as a missionary, still striving heavily to earn the favor of God, John Wesley once said, “I had even then the faith of a servant, though not that of a son.” He lamented years of being “beaten with his own staff,” anguished by his own misunderstanding of God’s place in his life.
Wesley’s experience of God is far too common. Too many of us who follow Jesus still cling to a shame-based relationship with God that keeps us at arm’s distance and in constant expectation of His condemnation.
Isn’t it time we claim a more biblical image of God? Isn’t it time, brothers and sisters, for us to encounter the Father as He is—as the One who loves us infinitely?
How do you know God? How do you define His place in your life?
Encounter the Father offers us the option to experience the Father’s blessing and encounter the Father’s heart. In this study, you will gain a right understanding of the Father’s heart and experience freedom from shame and unholy expectation. You will explore some of the many names of God in Scripture and use them to enhance your understanding of the Father’s true nature.
Encounter your Father through seven weeks of daily study, journaling and prayer, and through weekly teaching and conversations with others who are on this journey with you. Discover the freedom that comes in the revelation that your heavenly Father calls you His own. You are not a servant, but a child of God.
Carolyn Moore, an evangelist, church planter and disciple-maker, is the founding pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church in Augusta, Georgia and author of Seedbed's Encounter Series She is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and received a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.
"Our Men's Bible Study just completed Encountering the Father, which we thought was absolutely terrific. We particularly like the way Carolyn "sneaks in" seemingly simple questions into each Exercise that forces us to really confront ourselves with the "effects" of those "simple" questions and what is behind them. We often feel like she sneaks up on us with her simple (on the surface) questions and then lowers the hammer on us as we each deal with what is really behind those "simple" questions.
Our discussions as a group are usually very illuminating as each of us gives our answers to her questions, as we interpreted them. And those differing answers usually leads to what we come to as a group, which is often different than what each of us came individually.
I love her velvet hammer questions. Studying her Exercises is definitely not just a "fill in the blank with a couple words" kind of study. They stretch the brain and spirit of each of us."
- Dan Norton