My One Word – Lesson Three


WEEK #3: “The Call to Remember”
Message Bottom Line:
Keep Your Word in Front of You!

You are picking ONE WORD in order to do something about one thing, instead of
nothing about everything!

Your ONE WORD serves as a LENS through which you will SEE, not a PROMISE
which you must KEEP!

➡ We are constantly reminded of our past mistakes!
➡ We need constant reminders of our progress & God’s promise to form us!

God had His people build altars to serve as REMINDERS!

Altars mark a place of SACRIFICE!

Altars serves as a REMINDER of GOD’S WORK!

While, we are not going to build an altar, we are going to use this exercise to create a
way to remember.”

We use our WORD to remember that we are offering our bodies as a living sacrifice.

We use our WORD as a visual reminder that God has worked & is working.

Joshua 4:6-7
“Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do
these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the
Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the
Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a
memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”

We are warned not to forget and we are called to REMEMBER.

You will get comfortable with the change and you will forget.

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good
land which He has given you. “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not
keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am
commanding you today; otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have
built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and
your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, then your heart will
become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land
of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” 
Deuteronomy 8:10-14

We have seen this happen. God does work in our lives. We find victory over those
pesky little character flaws that get us in so much trouble. And now we are at a place
where the struggle is lessened and the guilt is gone. We are grateful for God’s work in
our lives to bring us to a point where we can live with ourselves.

This place is comfortable. God has done enough. We feel successful and so we
proceed to live this new life without concern for what more God may want to do. It is at
this point that it is even more important to remember and engage. For this is usually
where the work of God penetrates deeply and brings profound formation.


HOMEWORK– Create a Reminder & Accountability

If you don’t forget- you’ll want to quit!

This is why you will need accountability.

“Accountability means to be taken seriously.”

When someone asks you about your word or challenges you in areas of your character,
they are not being judgemental, but rather they are taking your formation seriously. This
happens best in the context of small groups and the friendships found there.

Write it on a note card and put it on your dashboard, bathroom mirror, or other obvious

Share this with your Small Group, Partner, Family.

2. ASK:
Ask each other about your words!

Decide what you will do when you want to give up or give in. This will require a
resolve to stick with this exercise for the year.

If you don’t quit- your life will be changed!

You will see God form you in ways you cannot imagine!

My One Word provides a normal, natural way to talk about Spiritual Formation in the
culture of your church (not the building, the people).

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