Spiritual growth is like farming. The process involves work and waiting, but the fruit of our labor is delicious! Today Brian Tome introduces us to 7 proven practices for growing spiritually, and shows us how the work is worth the wait.
Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...
Welcome to the Weekend-Follow Up This is the group part of the Bible Challenge, so your questions are based on specific Bible passages from the weekend message. Each week, your group will discover what God might be saying to you, and how you can respond through a group discussion.
When was the last time you were able to successfully grow something (it could be a physical plant or a relationship or anything that grows)? How did you do it?
What stood out to you most from this week’s message?
Which spiritual practice of the 7 is most present in your life right now?
Brainstorm some barriers to spiritual growth that appear in your life.
Read Matthew 13:3-9. Discuss with the group what you think it takes to become good soil.
What’s one step you can take this week to enact one of the 7 practices in your life? It might be joining a Journey group at crossroads.net/Journey.
Let’s end with prayer. You can say something like, “Jesus, thank You for being the ultimate model of spiritual maturity for us. Thank You for showing us how to grow closer to You. Please help us rip out the thorns in our life that choke Your words and become good soil.” Amen.
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Bonus Questions! Check these out if you’re on a roll and want to go a little deeper.
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Sep 11, 2022