How to Have an Encounter with God’s Word

I would like to give you a tool that can help you listen to Jesus’ words and put them into practice. It will help you develop your life spiritually and emotionally. It’s called The Learning Circle. Our lives are made up of many experiences—many “moments,” if you will. Some are big, some are small; some are good; some are bad. These experiences or moment in our lives can become what the Bible calls a “Kairos Moment.”

A Kairos Moment is a significant event that leaves a profound impact upon your life. It may be positive; it may be negative; but it’s never neutral. The Kairos Moment signals an opportunity for you to grow spiritually and emotionally. It is a moment when God intervenes in your life.

Kairos moments can be events in our lives that provide opportunities for transformation and growth. They can serve to help our walk with Jesus grow deeper. The important question is whether we will recognize these events as opportunities for growth, or we will let them pass by. When these kairos moments come our way, we have an opportunity to listen to God, and then respond as we believe Him to be leading us. In the book of Revelation, Jesus told a church congregation that He was trying to get their attention. We must be spiritually alert so that we don’t miss His voice. He said,

Behold, I stand at the door and I knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him and he with me.

The learning circle pictures a person who is in the process of discipleship. The word, “disciple,” means “learner.” A disciple is someone who follows Jesus for his/her whole life, learning more about Him, with the intention of putting His teaching into practice. (See the diagram.)

Moving clockwise around the circle, the first step is to observe what is happening. As we take this step, we can describe what is happening currently in our encounter with God. In the second step, we reflect upon what is happening as we ask, “How should I grow within this encounter?” As we take the third step, we discuss what is happening with someone else in order to receive feedback and prayer from them. The ultimate goal of these first three steps is to understand what God is saying to you, and to repent of and confess our sins, if necessary.

As we continue to move clockwise around the circle, the fourth step is to ask the question: “What is God asking me to do?” James tells us that we must be doers of the Word, not just hearers. (James 1:22) God’s Word always calls us to do something or to stop doing something. The fifth step is to find a partner. We aske the question, “Who will encourage me, remind me of my identity and pray with me in this process? This must be someone whom we trust deeply. The sixth and final step is to act. We ask the question: “What is my SMART Goal or Action Step so that my behavior and my actions agree or are in step with what God has said to me.

To summarize: The key with this Learning Circles is to be alert so the we recognize the Kairos Moments the happen in our lives. Then we prayerfully enter into circle of learning, in which there are three steps that lead to repentance (changing one’s mind) and three steps of faith in which we act upon what God has said to us in this Kairos Moment.

In other words, a Kairos moment is an experience or an event—especially in connection with God’s Word—through which God is calling us to take a step forward in His Kingdom. As we take this step, we are asking:

What is God saying to me in this moment?

What am I going to do about it?

This is the healthy path of discipleship. It’s a path that will help you to build your life on Jesus’ words—upon the rock, the solid foundation of His teaching. If we build upon this rock-solid foundation, we won’t fall when the rain and floods and winds beat and blow on us. We don’t fall because we have built our lives upon the rock-solid foundation of Jesus and His teaching.