The Journey is a 9-month Discipleship process to help individuals find an intimate, abiding relationship with Christ that will enable them to become Influencers in their world.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him,
he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Jesus- John 15:5
For centuries, men and women have been seeking God in various ways, but given the performance-oriented nature of men, most have sought to reach Him through activity. Jesus Himself said that unless a man remains, or “abides” in Him, he can do nothing. The Journey helps believers learn to “Be still and know that He is God,” and to draw close to Him through His Word before endeavoring to “do” anything for Him. Through this, God helps remove the hindrances in their lives, so He can bear fruit in them. The Fruit of the Spirit enables the gifts of the Spirit. Journey participants become Influencers for God in their families and their world.
Small Group Discussion Meetings
A Journey group meets every week or every other week for about 9 or 10 months, either in person or on-line. You will get to have candid conversations with this group, share spiritual discoveries and encourage one another.
Personal Bible Study including Journaling
We will teach you how to connect with God through His Word. One key tool we use is Journaling. Our goal is for you to have a hunger for God’s Word and become a self-feeder.
Personal Guides to help show the way
Every Journey Group has Guides who are on The Journey with you. They are not teachers or counselors, but rather, facilitators to help point you in the right direction and to monitor your progress.
We incorporate 3 different retreats where you will spend extended time away with your group and with the Lord. These are usually on a Saturday. All of these are designed to help you carve out more time for intimacy with The Father.
We encourage all participants to read a book, Journey to the Inner Chamber, written by Rocky Fleming, which is an allegory about the spiritual progression of man and God’s desire for intimacy with us.
Most Journey groups begin with a discussion of this book before participants commit to the 9-month Journey.
The Enlightened segment of The Journey is the foundation of the journey process. The step by step understanding of the four personal aspects of God (He Knows, He Cares, He is Willing and He is Able) are designed to help the participant realize that God is a loving, caring and intimate God who wants to involve Himself in every area of the participant's life.
This new understanding of who God really is should guide the participant to the goal of a willingness to trust God with his life. This "enlightening" of the participant prepares the way for the second segment of The Journey.
Session 1 - Establish The Journey
Session 2 - God Knows
Session 3 - God Cares
Session 4 - God is Willing
Session 5 - God is Able
Session 6 - The Orphan Spirit
Session 7 - Extended Prayer Session
The Enabled segment of The Journey focuses on guiding the participant towards an abiding, intimate relationship with Jesus. This segment helps the participant understand how the Holy Spirit "enables" him to develop this new level of intimacy. He is guided through an understanding of the "fruit of the Spirit" and how this fruit enables the use of the "gifts of the Spirit." This should help him to better understand his role and purpose in God's kingdom work.
Above all else, the Enabled segment should guide the participant towards the goal of releasing control of his life and allowing him to experience the joy of personal abandonment found in his abiding relationship with Jesus.
Session 1 - Abiding In Christ—What Does It Mean?
Session 2 - The Fruit of Abiding—Part 1: The Transformation
Session 3 - The Fruit of Abiding—Part 2: The Harvest
Session 4 - The Holy Spirit—Who Is He?
Session 5 - The Filling of The Spirit—How, When, What?
Session 6 - The Gifts of The Spirit—Our Part in the Harvest
Session 7 - The Gifts of The Spirit—Definitions and Discussion
Session 8 - Review of Your Spiritual Gifts and Extended Prayer Session
The Expressing segment of The Journey is the culmination of the journey process. The principles of "Being a God Seeker", "Being a God Abider" and "Live It Out" are used as the guide to help the participant understand fully the entire Journey. He is introduced to the concept of servant leadership within his marriage, his family and his world around him. He is challenged to grasp the concept of "blooming where he is planted" and how he is now ready to partner with God to influence his world in a supernatural way.
At the end of The Journey, the participant is released to take the name "Influencer" and begin to bear fruit that lasts by expressing Christ-like love to all those around him.
Session 1 - Gabe’s Principles of Influence
Session 2 - Gabe’s Principle #1—Be a God Seeker
Session 3 - Gabe’s Principle #2—Be a God Abider
Session 4 - Gabe’s Principle #3—Live it Out—In the Home
Session 5 - Gabe’s Principle #3—Live it Out—To Your World
Session 6 - Equipped—Alert—Courageous
Session 7 - Weekend commencement
Once you decide to go on The Journey, you will need to read the book, The Journey to the Inner Chamber by Rocky Fleming. Most groups start out with a 6-Week discussion of this book, which will help you determine if you are ready for The Journey.
Then, once you commit to the 9-month Journey, you will need The Journey Pack.
The Journey Pack includes:
You will also need a Bible- most of the scriptures used in The Journey are out of the NIV or ESV translations.
We’re ready to help you begin your journey towards a truly transformed life through an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.