Topic: Spiritual Growth Passage: Hebrews 10:24–10:25, 2 Peter 1:3–1:8
1. Compare a giant sequoia to the spiritual life. How are they similar? What characteristics come to mind when you think of those massive and majestic trees standing hundreds of feet in the air, how can that picture a Christ-Centered life?
2. Explain the importance of community in view of Hebrews 10:24-25. What does it mean to stir one another up? Explain the role of encouragement in Christ-Centered community. Why is it necessary for us to meet together? Can stirring each other up, and encouraging one another, be done from a distance?
3. Name three things that give us the ability to live a godly life (review 2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT). At times it seems like those things are absent…do we ever lose them? If we do not “feel” them, are they still there? How can we remind ourselves of the truth of God’s word and live it out?
4. Reflect on the 7 characteristics or qualitiesof a growing Christian as found in 2 Peter 1:5-8 (virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, love). Are there any areas in your life that God is working on? If you are comfortable sharing, please share these with your group. How can the group be used to help encourage, pray for, and provide accountability in those areas?
5. If we are continually growing in those areas, then we are promised to remain effective and fruitful. What could get in the way of this type of growth? What steps can you implement today that will help lead to spiritual growth? How can being a part of a life group help?