Become Adept at Obeying God’s Voice

By , 16 August 2012

From a participant in the Hearing God’s Voice class recently facilitated by Kelly and Kerri:

Hearing God’s Voice has been a wonderful and spiritually enlightening class for me, as have all of ZOE’s classes.  I have definitely grown in my capability to not only hear but to also recognize God’s voice. I have also become more adept at obeying Him when I hear Him and not debate with myself first if I really should do as he asks.

God bless both of you for this class.

In ZOE’s courses participants learn not only to recognize God’s voice but also the importance of immediately responding to Him. Debating with ourselves whether or not to follow-up on God’s desires for us is probably not a good idea. But it certainly helps to work through the learning process with others!

Love and Unity in Christ

By , 13 August 2012

God calls us to abide in Christ and live in love and unity with one another. As we do this, we will be witnesses of God’s love to the world. As we have communion with the Holy Spirit, we allow Him to make us into the image of Christ Jesus and to keep us together in unity. Remember, Jesus is the true vine and we are the branches, but the Holy Spirit is the sap that brings life and causes us to bear fruit that remains!

How to Hear God’s Voice—In Christ – Facilitator Manual,
Main Principle for Lesson 2

Ephesians 4:3 “Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”

1 – In order for God’s love to prevail in us and in order for us to successfully live in unity, we need to abide in Christ. (more…)

A Foundation for Discerning His Voice

By , 09 August 2012

Over the years ZOE staff and facilitators have received such positive feedback from class participants. Some responses are expressive and verbose. Others are straight to the point, such as this comment from a participant in a recent Hearing God’s Voice class, facilitated by Kelly and Kerry:

[ZOE] helped solidify an abstract area of life necessary for an abundant walk with God.  Am I closer to God after this course?  Yes.  I feel more able to test what I believe God is telling me – this gave a foundation and framework to discerning His voice.  Instilled confidence in knowing God’s voice.  Would I refer someone else?  Yes!

1) Listening more, learning more.

2) Absolutely would refer someone.

Sort of sums it up. Look for more reports on the way …

Introduction to the In Christ Course

By , 06 August 2012

God has fashioned each of us as a vessel for His use. As God’s vessel, we contain His glory and the knowledge of Him. We should become the best vessel we can be and allow God’s life and love to pour out of us to others.

How to Hear God’s Voice—In Christ – Facilitator Manual,
Main Principle for Lesson 1

Part of the task of discipleship is showing Christians how they can work together in unity with other believers. In the Hearing God’s Voice course we looked at how to individually hear God’s voice. In this course we consider how to corporately hear God’s Voice, as the body of Christ.

When we learn who we are and how God intends us to operate, we will complement each other, not compete with each other. When the Holy Spirit is allowed to minister through us in an orderly way, showing respect for each person, there will be greater unity in the body of Christ.

We are vessels of God, carrying in us something very valuable—the knowledge of God’s identity and character— in order to be able to give it to others.

We, like the clay, must be warmed by God’s love and His presence in our lives. As He kneads us and works with us, we are shaped by Him. He endows us with giftings and abilities that can be used to build up the Church and to reach out to the lost.

If we allow God to apply the heat—the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit—we will be of greater service to Him.

In order to be of greatest use to God, we need to ask ourselves the following questions: “Is the living water within me going out to other people or is it held back like a dam?” and “Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to use me as His vessel so that His life pours out of me to benefit others?”

The reason we are made to be God’s chosen vessels is so that we can generously love. This was Jesus’ plea to the Father on our behalf: John 17:20–26. So Let us join our hearts in prayer and ask the Lord to bring unity to the Body of Christ, that we may be one as the Father and Son are one.

Learning to Be Led by the Holy Spirit

By , 02 August 2012

As we’ve noted in earlier class reports, ZOE is so much more than passively listening to other individuals present what they have gleaned from a personal study of Scripture.

Another class participant shares his experience from a recent Hearing God’s Voice course in Colorado, facilitated by Kelly and Kerri:

Once again, ZOE has come through with a great teaching.  Hearing God’s Voice.  I really love what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me through this lesson.  I’m growing in my walk and knowing that God wants only the very best for me.  Learning to be led by the Holy Spirit – “daily”, praying for guidance in all areas of my life, being obedient to God’s voice and Holy Spirit, and that the Holy Spirit lives in us, and teaches us, reveals the truth to me.

Thank you, ZOE.  I’m looking forward to the next class, and praying that God would have me used as a facilitator in the future.  I believe everyone in the body of Christ should take a ZOE class.  What a blessing it’s been for me.  Thank you.  Next class I would like to invite [a friend] to a ZOE class. Thank you Kerri and Kelly for your love, support and leadership in ZOE.


Stay tuned for more real-life testimonies!