Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on January 12, 2020:
- SUNDAY: Matthew 28,
- MONDAY: Matthew 22,
- TUESDAY: John 1,
- WEDNESDAY: Matthew 4,
- THURSDAY: Matthew 9,
- FRIDAY: John 13,
- SATURDAY: 1 Corinthians 12,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: More Like Jesus Sermon Title: A Journey of Growth
Delivered On: January 5, 2020
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Pray for the Holy Spirit to grow His fruit in your life in powerful and beautiful ways in 2020. Thank God for the areas you are growing and taking great steps forward in your spiritual growth. Pray for deep growth in your life in one or two of the spiritual markers as you move into the New Year. Ask God to show you who can invest in your spiritual growth and who you can help grow in their faith.
Four Generations: Memorize 2 Timothy 2:2 and ask God to always have one or more people in your life who are helping you mature in faith and also one or two people you are investing in and helping grow to be more like Jesus.
Small Group Discussion
What is one of Jesus’ characteristics that you love and delight in? How do you see this characteristic growing in you and how can you nurture this so it grows more?
Read: Galatians 5:22-23. What is one of the fruit of the Spirit that you really want to see grow in your life and what steps can you take to grow in this area? How can your group members encourage you and keep you accountable in this area?
What are some possible dangers if you focus all your time and energy on developing the markers of spiritual maturity but do not see your character developing around the fruit of the Spirit?
Read: Ephesians 4:11-13. What is the role of church leaders according to this passage? What good things can happen in a church if church leaders actually follow this and what are some possible dangers if church leaders ignore this standard God gives?
What does it mean to “attain to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ”? Why is this such a high and challenging calling?
Which of the seven markers of maturity (listed below) do you see growing in your life and what is helping you grow in this area?
Which of the seven markers of maturity (listed below) do believe needs work, attention, and growth? What can you do to take the next step forward in this area of maturity?
• Biblical Engagement
• Passionate Prayer
• Wholehearted Worship
• Humble Service
• Joyful Generosity
• Consistent Community
• Organic Outreach
Read: 2 Timothy 2:1-2. Who is a person that has invested in your spiritual growth (in the past or the present) and how has God impacted your life through this person? How can you thank and bless them for their impact on your life?
Who is a person you are, or could, invest in spiritually? Describe how God is using you (or could use you) to help this person grow in their spiritual journey of becoming more like Jesus.