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Week 1 // May 26 – June 1

Welcome to the Box 7 WORD 2019 Weekly Posts! Below you'll find suggested ways to grow spiritually for this week - both individually and with others at your corps.


Tip of the Week

Find a “spot” for time with God. Jesus was known for pulling away from the crowds, spending time by himself in nature to pray and recharge. Around your drum corps Move-Ins location, look for a location where you or a small group can routinely get away from the craziness of drum corps to reflect spend focused time with God. It might be in the bleachers, a balcony over a gym, a bench outside the school, a quiet lounge area inside the school. Where’s your “spot”? 

See more at box7dci.org/tips


Gospel Reading: John 1:1 - 2:12

John was one of the closest disciples of Jesus, and he wrote this Gospel account to help people believe in Jesus and have true life in him. John begins by setting the stage of how Jesus was more than a human (the “Word” of God, now dwelling among us). Jesus begins his ministry by inviting disciples to follow and learn from him. He performs one of the first miraculous signs of turning water into wine.

Readings
The Gospel reading has been split up into four, 5 minute readings found below. Click on verse to redirect to Bible app.
John 1:1-18
John 1:19-34
John 1:35-51
John 2:1-12
Key Verse

John 1:14 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."

Optional: Video from the Bible Project on John 1-12


Psalm Reading

Psalm 27 (Click to redirect to Bible app)

Prayer Prompt

Praying can be simple — just talking with God multiple times a day. He is delighted when speak to Him! You can ask Him to help you focus or share your struggles with Him. You can ask other Christians to help you pray.

Example prayer: “God, as I begin this summer, help me to seek your kingdom and live like Jesus. Help me today to know you, to have fellowship with Jesus, and to seek joy in you. Thank you for the grace you offer me through Jesus. Amen.”


Discovery Bible Study

These are shorter selections from John for the Discovery Bible Study method for groups. Learn more at this link.

Week 1 DBS Suggested Passages

  • John 1:1-5 
  • John 1:14-18 
  • John 1:35-45

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Discovery Bible Study Guide 2019

Discovery Bible Study (DBS) is an interactive group method for engaging with God's Word. It takes minimal preparation, and works well for people from diverse backgrounds of faith. A DBS time with 3-5 people can span 15-20 minutes, or longer if you choose.

DBS emphasizes transformation through connection to God and real-life application. Please refrain from teaching about a passage or referring to other studies/sermons/stories that your group has not experienced. 

The Method:

  1. Optional: watch a 3-minute video on YouTube
  2. Select a group facilitator who will pray and guide the conversation
  3. Ask everyone to share, "What are you grateful for today?"
  4. Quiet your hearts and let the facilitator pray a simple prayer. Ask God to help us focus and hear what He has for us.
  5. Facilitator selects two people to read the scripture passage, in two different translations.  Facilitator reminds people of the DBS questions (below). 
  6. Read the passage in the first translation. Pause for a moment to reflect.
  7. Re-read the passage in the second translation. Optional: you can have a third translation or someone paraphrase the passage in their own words. 
  8. Facilitator guides through the questions, keeping the group focused on the questions (sometimes there will be overlap).  Allow people to take time to absorb, process, and verbalize what God is teaching them.
  9. The main rule of DBS conversations is to avoid teaching about the text or bringing in outside resources/sermons. Choose to focus on the scripture and hearing from God, then how you can apply what you're learning. 
  10. Facilitator guides participants to choose a simple step of accountability for what they have learned. 

The DBS Questions:

As you read and discuss the Bible, try to process each of these questions. Some overlap as you discuss is fine!

  1. What does this passage tell us about God?
  2. What does this passage say about us?
  3. How can I apply it? (Make it a personal, specific application)
  4. Who can I share it with?

Tips for DBS in Drum Corps

  • A small group of 3-6 people is best. This might be a "Focus Group" of people from your section, tour job, housing/bus assignment. Feel free to invite someone who is exploring faith to join in!
  • Communicate a clear beginning and ending time. We recommend using a wristwatch to keep track of time or having the group facilitator set an alarm. That helps everyone else feel more free to focus and put their phones on Do Not Disturb mode. 
  • If you have extra time, starting with a conversation of gratitude can "shift the room" and lift your spirits before studying the Bible. See more in the Focus Group Guide.
  • If people come late or leave early, it's ok! Try to welcome, acknowledge, or appreciate them at least non-verbally with a smile or wave.
  • Followup conversations for accountability and growth are easy to set in drum corps because we see each other frequently for meals and other moments of free time. Be creative and flexible about how you can encourage each other every few days. It's easy to ask someone, "Can we meet before the lunch line tomorrow to eat together and pray?"

Gospel of John: Scripture Suggestions for DBS

For each week of the Reading Plan, here are suggested scripture passages for which you can host a Discovery Bible Study.
Anyone can participate in at DBS even if they are not reading the Gospel of John on their own.

If you have a longer gathering time (like extended snack during move-ins, staying overnight at a housing site, or a free day), you could select multiple passages for multiple sessions of Discovery Bible Study.

Week 1 // May 26 - June 1

  • 1:1-5   •  1:14-18   •  1:35-45

Week 2 // June 2 - 8

  • 3:16-21  •  3:22-36

Week 3 // June 9 - 15

  • 5:1-18  •  5:19-29  •  5:39-47

Week 4 // June 16 - 22

  • 6:22-34  •  6:35-40  •  7:37-39

Week 5 // June 23 - 29

  • 8:12-30  •  8:31-38  •  10:1-21

Week 6 // June 30 - July 6

  • 10:22-42  •  11:17-27  •  12:12-26

Week 7 // July 7 - 13

  • 12:27-36  •  12:44-50  •  14:1-6

Week 8 // July 7 - 13

  • 14:15-31  •  15:1-17  •  16:5-15

Week 9 // July 21 - 27

  • 16:25-33  •  17:13-19  •  18:28-40

Week 10 // July 28 - Aug 3

  • Chapter 19 (all)  •  Chapter 20 (all)  •  20:30-31

Week 11 // Aug 4 - 10

  • 21:1-14  •  21:24-25

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Wisdom from Proverbs // Survival Skills

God teaches us through the book of Proverbs that there are two paths in life: wisdom or folly.

Before move-ins or anytime this summer, you can read Proverbs (near the middle of the Bible) as a way to understand how God has designed life in this world to work. There are 31 chapters, and it's easy to read 1 chapter a day. 

The series of podcast teachings below are from Passion City Church in Washington, D.C.  Ben Stuart is the pastor teaching through these topics from Proverbs. 

"The minute you admit your need to God, you are barreling down the path of wisdom."
"The essence of foolishness is trying to divorce decisions from consequences." -Ben Stuart

Access the podcasts through your normal podcast app, or click through the links below to learn more.
The publishing dates on this podcast series is September 11, 2018 - November 7, 2018.

Survival Skills 1: Wise Moves in a Wild World 

  • This week Pastor Ben Stuart kicked off our new series, Survival Skills: Wise Moves in a Wild World. The truth is, the world we live in is messy and unpredictable. But the good news is that Scripture gives us a guide to flourish regardless of what comes our way. In this new series, we’ll dig into the book of Proverbs in hopes of strengthening the muscle of wisdom in our lives.

Survival Skills 2: I Pity the Fool

  • The book of Proverbs describes two paths in life: the way of the fool and the way of the wise. In this part of our Survival Skills series, Pastor Ben Stuart teaches us through both paths, challenging us to seek humility as our first step toward a life that flourishes. With humble hearts and desire for wise council, each of us can set our feet on the path of the wise.

Survival Skills 3: True Friendship

  • In this week’s message, Pastor Ben Stuart guides us through what the book of Proverbs has to say about friendships. The truth is, the people we walk with determine our path. Are those within your community pointing you toward a life of flourishing or a life of destruction?

Survival Skills 4: Proverbial Sex

  • In an overly sexualized world, we often find ourselves feeling lonely, as emotional intimacy has been separated from sexuality. In this week’s message Pastor Ben Stuart reminds us that we are not made to give our bodies without our hearts. Each of us have the opportunity to have relationships that are healthy, life-giving, and glorifying to God. In this powerful message we learn how to build relationships that flourish, trading in a consumer mentality for a covenant mentality. What kind of mentality are you approaching your relationships with?

Survival Skills 5: Mind on my Money

  • In this week’s message, Pastor Ben Stuart takes a look at what the book of Proverbs has to say about money. It has power, and can be used to build up or tear down. Proverbs helps us to see money as a gift from God and gives us wisdom about how to handle it well.

Survival Skills 6: Wise Communication

  • Words are powerful. For many of us, some of our deepest pains are because of what someone said or didn’t say to us. A simple arrangement of words has the power to drastically change a situation and perspective.

Survival Skills 7: The Warrior Wife

  • You want to marry someone you trust. This week Pastor Ben Stuart closes out the Survival Skills series by taking a look at Proverbs 31 and what to look for in a spouse. Proverbs 31 describes a trustworthy woman: one who is prudent and shrewd, has grit and perseverance, is industrious and generous, and is sacrificial and thoughtful.

    “As you enter into the difficulties of life, you want someone who has your back, isn’t going to stab you in the back.”

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WORD 2019 // The Gospel of John // Reading Plan Overview

Just four recommended readings per week, and each reading takes about five minutes

Week 1 // May 26 - June 1

John 1:1-18  Bible App Link
1:19-34 Link
1:35-51 Link
2:1-12 Link

Week 2 // June 2 - 8

John 2:13-25  Bible App Link
3:1-21 Link
3:22-36 Link
4:1-38 Link

Week 3 // June 9 - 15

John 4:39-54  Bible App Link
5:1-24 Link
5:25-47 Link
6:1-21Link

Week 4 // June 16 - 22

John 6:22-59  Bible App Link
6:60-71 Link
7:1-31 Link
7:32-53 Link

Week 5 // June 23 - 29

John 8:1-30  Bible App Link
8:31-59 Link
9:1-41 Link
10:1-21 Link

Week 6 // June 30 - July 6

John 10:22-42  Bible App Link
11:1-46 Link
11:47-57 Link
12:1-26 Link

Week 7 // July 7 - 13

John 12:27-50  Bible App Link
13:1-20 Link
13:21-38 Link
14:1-14 Link

Week 8 // July 14 - 20

John 14:15-31 Bible App Link
15:1-17 Link
15:18-27 Link
16:1-15 Link

Week 9 // July 21 - 27

John 16:16-33  Bible App Link
17:1-26 Link
18:1-24 Link
18:25-40 Link

Week 10 // July 28 - Aug 3

John 19:1-30  Bible App Link
19:31-42 Link
20:1-18 Link
20:19-31 Link

Week 11 - Championships!

John 21:1-14  Bible App Link
21:15-25 Link
Post-Finals Suggested Reading

If you can stay awake for any reading the first few days after Finals, we might have something here for you! 

If you can not stay awake, welcome to the Couchmen Drum & Bugle Corps! You may purchase your gear at this link. 😉 


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Week 11 – Championships! // August 5 – 11

Box 7 Tip: For this last week together, if you have final words for people in your corps, make a short list of the ones you would like to pursue a moment with. You can think through these kinds of conversations: who should I thank? who do I need to apologize to? who should I resolve conflict with? who in my section should I affirm publicly for their character? what staff member should I thank for what they taught me? who has been a faithful servant of Jesus? Spoken words can be some of the most powerful blessings we can give. 


Luke 23:1 - 24:53

Overview for This Week

Framing Summary

Four Readings from Luke

These are short readings for any break time when you can grab your Bible or phone app. ​

23:1-25  Bible App Link
23:26-56   Bible App Link
24:1-35   Bible App Link
24:36-53   Bible App Link


Breakaway Podcast


Discovery Bible Study Selections for Groups

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Questions for DBS

  1. What does this passage tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it mean for us?
  3. How will I apply it? (Make it a real, personal application.)
  4. How will I pray?​

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Week 10 // July 29 – August 4

Box 7 Tip: What memories or performance moments do you want to remember from this season? Take some time away from social media or idle conversation to journal about these memories. You might be able to find a few more tweaks to your show-prep or EPL process to gain some time in these last couple weeks. Have you spent time lately with Scriptures or music that bring joy and hope in Jesus? If not, recall some of your favorites for your last few bus rides.


Luke 22:1-71

Overview for This Week

Framing Summary

Four Readings from Luke

These are short readings for any break time when you can grab your Bible or phone app. ​

22:1-23  Bible App Link
22:24-38   Bible App Link
22:39-53   Bible App Link
22:54-71   Bible App Link


Breakaway Podcast


Discovery Bible Study Selections for Groups

Insert selections

Questions for DBS

  1. What does this passage tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it mean for us?
  3. How will I apply it? (Make it a real, personal application.)
  4. How will I pray?​

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Week 9 // July 22 – 28

Box 7 Tip: Do you have some real life plans or school registrations that are not complete for the fall semester? Ask someone (maybe a corps staff member) to help you find time to get these done; it will be a great relief for your final weeks of rehearsal and performing. You might even ask a corps staff member to use a laptop and internet connection, which will help you focus and finish faster than working on your phone.


Overview for This Week

Framing Summary

Four Readings from Luke

These are short readings for any break time when you can grab your Bible or phone app. ​

20:1-19  Bible App Link
20:20-47   Bible App Link
21:1-19   Bible App Link
21:20-38   Bible App Link


Breakaway Podcast

No specific podcast suggestion this week, but you can re-listen to any part of the two series, or catch one that you missed. 

Week 10 will be "Millennials & the Church." Week 11 will be "Jesus + The Crucifiers."


Discovery Bible Study Selections for Groups

Insert selections

Questions for DBS

  1. What does this passage tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it mean for us?
  3. How will I apply it? (Make it a real, personal application.)
  4. How will I pray?​

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Week 8 // July 15 – 21

Box 7 Tip: Is there someone in your corps (member or staff) who needs encouragement right now? Invite them to have a meal with you. Make the plan a block or day in advance, then meet before going through the food truck line to make it easier to connect and sit down together in your own space to talk. You can think ahead about caring questions to ask or genuine affirmation to give.


Luke 18:1 - 19:48

Overview for This Week

Framing Summary

Four Readings from Luke

These are short readings for any break time when you can grab your Bible or phone app. ​

18:1-17  Bible App Link
18:18-43   Bible App Link
19:1-27   Bible App Link
19:28-48   Bible App Link


Breakaway Podcast


Discovery Bible Study Selections for Groups

Insert selections

Questions for DBS

  1. What does this passage tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it mean for us?
  3. How will I apply it? (Make it a real, personal application.)
  4. How will I pray?​

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Week 7 // July 8 – 14

Box 7 Tip: It’s that time of the summer, when some dating relationships on tour begin to solidify. Are you or a friend beginning to date someone on tour because of the comfort that person brings? That relationship might not be honoring to God or emotionally healthy. A resource that Box 7 recommends on relationships in the Breakaway Ministries app. Check out the podcast folder entitled “Single / Dating / Engaged / Married.” Corps staff members may have wisdom on these relationships to pass on!


Luke 15:1 - 17:37

Overview for This Week

Framing Summary

Four Readings from Luke

These are short readings for any break time when you can grab your Bible or phone app. ​

15:1-32  Bible App Link
16:1-8   Bible App Link
16:19-31   Bible App Link
17:1-37   Bible App Link


Breakaway Podcast


Discovery Bible Study Selections for Groups

Insert selections

Questions for DBS

  1. What does this passage tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it mean for us?
  3. How will I apply it? (Make it a real, personal application.)
  4. How will I pray?​

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Week 6 // July 1 – 7

Box 7 Tip: How have your free-days or laundry blocks been so far? These can be excellent for recharging spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. The drum corps norm is to hang out with a group and spend money, but you might be more refreshed by spending time in healthy solitude and quiet. Give some thought to how you can strategically use your remaining free days or laundry times for your health and God’s glory.


Luke 13:1 - 14:35

Overview for This Week

Some of Jesus' teachings in Luke 13 and 14 are triggered by Israelite conflict with the Roman government, but how should these principles help us understand what God is doing in the world today? 

Four Readings from Luke

These are short readings for any break time when you can grab your Bible or phone app. ​

13:1-21  Bible App Link
13:22-35   Bible App Link
14:1-24   Bible App Link
14:25-35   Bible App Link


Breakaway Podcast


Discovery Bible Study Selections for Groups

Luke 13:18-30
Luke 14:25-35

Questions for DBS

  1. What does this passage tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it mean for us?
  3. How will I apply it? (Make it a real, personal application.)
  4. How will I pray?​

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