This is your introduction to Five Alive, a year-long family time Bible study and devotional series. Five Alive could revolutionize your understanding of the Bible and transform your family’s relationship with God and each other. One For Israel has produced this excellent series of five-minute videos inspired by the Jewish annual reading cycle of the five books of Moses.
Some have credited the origins of the Parashah to Ezra. Following the Babylonian and Persian exile, Ezra the Scribe returned to Jerusalem. Observing the devastation that pagan idolatry had wrought on his people and his country, Ezra started a back to the Bible movement to help the Jewish people fall in love with God once again. Ezra recruited a bunch of young men as disciples to help him teach the people how to study the Torah collectively as a community that would be rooted in the Word of God.
A Note To Dads The world around us today is not much different than it was in the time of Ezra. Both your family and your community need someone to make the same decisions Ezra made upon his return to Jerusalem. Read Ezra 7:10. Your deciding to use the Five Alive devotional series to develop the spiritual disciplines of your family could be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Using this simple series is easy. It can help you become the spiritual leader you were created to be. Don’t be surprised when God begins to transform you and the lives of those He has entrusted to your care.
To get the most out of this series will require some personal planning and diligent effort to see your plans through to the end. Just follow the instructions below. Over time, you will discover that God is changing you and your family from the inside out, creating a more complete understanding of God and His plans for you and your loved ones.
Instructions Just follow the simple instructions below. Dads, you can do this!
Read – Find five minutes every day to read a small portion of the assigned weekly Scriptures wth your entire family. Break them up. Don’t try read it all in one sitting. Start your reading on Monday. Complete it by Friday evening. Before each reading, pray together and ask God to teach you directly.
Pray – Every day throughout the week, talk to God for five minutes about what you are learning. Let God speak to you directly from the Bible. Stay away from study notes and commentaries.
Record – Get a blank journal. Record what God is teaching your family. Look for opportunities practice what are learning. Record the results in your family journal. Have a goal of at least five journal entries each week.
Tell – As you see God at work, tell at least five people at home, at work, and where you hang out what He is doing. God has placed these people in your sphere of influence for you to tell them about Him. Invite them to join you in this journey and help them get started.
Watch – Sometime over the weekend gather your family together. Discuss what they have learned throughout the week. Afterwards, watch the weekly Five Alive video as a family. Before you meet, create some questions to guide your family discussions.
Share – Disciple Daily is a global network. Join others in our community by visiting the weekly Five Alive blog page. Share your own thoughts and observations in the “Comments” section. All postings are moderated. Only appropriate and respectful comments will be allowed.
Create A Worldwide Family Movement Disciple Daily is a global network of individuals and small ministry groups working together to initiate disciple making movements. It would be fantastic if over the next year a global movement of fathers using Five Alive to disciple their families could be created. This as your invitation to join that movement.
Each week following your family’s daily Bible reading and your discussion of the week-ending Five Alive video, share some of your family’s comments and conversations with others. Let’s see how many people, cities, and countries we can have to participate in this movement over the next year. Make your comments on the on the blog postings found here.