Sunday, October 15th, 2017: Following Jesus – Philippians 2:12-18

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Get to Know You:

  1. What are you thankful for this week?
  2. What has been the most important factor in your spiritual journey up until this point?

 Into the Bible:

 Read 1 John 2:12-14

  1. What are the signs that you have become a “young person” (Some translations “young man) in the faith?
  2. What would be the characteristics of a “young person’s” life in 2017?
  3. Read Philippians 2:12-18
  4. How do we put verse 12 and 13 into action, and what assurance do we have in the process?
  5. How does verse 14-16a, relate to level 3 spirituality? (See other side of sheet)
  6. What do those verses tell us about the world we live in, and how we are called to live in that world? (this is moving to wards a good definition of level 3 spirituality)

Application:

  1. Looking at the characteristics of this level (see other side of sheet) how would you encourage someone who is at this level?

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Sunday, October 8th, 2017:  Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Galatians 5:13-26 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Get to Know You:

  1. What are you thankful for this week.
  2. What do you think the most challenging part of the Christian life is?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read Galatians 5:13-26
  2. From the context, what does it mean to “Walk by the Spirit.” (vs 16)
  3. How would you explain verses 17- 18 to a brand new Christian?
  4. What do verses 19-21 have to do with verse 18?
  5. What do verses 22-23 have to do with 18?
  6. What does verse 25 mean?

Application:

  1. As you look at the other side of this sheet, what makes living out these verses challenging to the relatively new Christian?
  2. How can we encourage and help people at this level?

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Sunday, October 1st, 2017: New Beginnings – 1 Corinthians 3:1-11

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Get to Know You:

  1. What are you thankful for today?
  2. When did you become a Christian and what was that first little while after becoming a Christian like? (If you are still thinking about becoming a Christian, just say that)

Into the Bible:

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-11
  2. In verses 1-4, What are the characteristics of being “infants in Christ?”
  3. In verses 10 – 11, Paul talks about laying a foundation. What does he mean that Jesus is that foundation?
  4. How does one “build with care.” (Verse 10) Hint: See other side of sheet

Application:

  1. What should the church expect if it has a number of new Christians in its midst?
  2. How can we as the church best help new Christians?
  3. Is there someone in your life right now that you could come alongside of in this way?

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Sunday, September 24th, 2017: Myths of Spiritual Formation: Ephesians 3:14-19 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Get to Know You:

  1.  If your group is new to each other, introduce yourselves to each other.
  2. What was the thing that you were most thankful for over the summer?
  3. What would you like your spiritual life to become?

Into the Bible:

Read Ephesians 3:14-19

4.    List the specific things that Paul asks that God would do for the individuals in Ephesus.

5.    From this passage, what would you say is Paul’s primary hope for the spiritual formation of the Ephesians?

6.    Sunday’s sermon listed a number of things that people try make primary goals of the spiritual life.

  • God wants me to be Holy
  • God wants me to be a better worker/server
  • God wants me to be Whole
  • I need a new understanding of God

Out of this list, what have you been tempted to pursue, and what are the results?

7.    Is it hard for you to accept that God’s goal for you is simply a deepening love relationship with Him? Why/Why not?

Application:

8.    What do you feel that you need to do to reorient yourself so that you can pursue a love relationship with God?