Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on February 14, 2016:
- SUNDAY: Isaiah 6, Psalm 97,
- MONDAY: Revelation 4, Revelation 5,
- TUESDAY: 1 Peter 1, Romans 12,
- WEDNESDAY: 2 Corinthians 7, Psalm 33,
- THURSDAY: Hebrews 12, Psalm11,
- FRIDAY: 2 Timothy 1, Psalm15,
- SATURDAY: Ephesians 5, Psalm 47,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Getting a Grip Sermon Title: Getting a Grip on Your Spiritual Life
Delivered On: February 7, 2016
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control… ([bible]Galatians 5:22-23[/bible])
Ask God to help you honestly evaluate where the “acts of the flesh” are taking over your life and to also help you see where the “fruit of the Spirit” is growing. Thank God for His Holy Word and pray that you will be more diligent and passionate about knowing the teaching of the Bible and following what it says. Invite the Holy Spirit to give you a growing hunger for prayer and worship. Thank Jesus for serving you with His life and pray for a humble heart to serve others. Pray for someone in your life you love and care about who does not yet know the love of Jesus.
Take time to memorize the simple acronym GRIP. Use this as a regular reminder that the best way to get a grip on your life is to be sure: · God is first · Relationships with people come second · Inner-Life is in order · Practices of spiritual growth mark your life
Small Group Discussion
Describe the condition of your spiritual life right now. Where is it healthy and thriving and where are you struggling and losing your grip?
Read: Galatians 5:19-25
How do you see the “acts of the flesh” alive and growing in our world? How are Christians being enticed into a lifestyle that allows many of these characteristics?
How do you see the “Fruit of the Spirit” growing in the lives of Christians around you? What can we do to increase this fruit in our lives?
How does growth of the fruit of the Spirit become an indicator that we are growing in Spiritual maturity?
Read: John 13:13-15
What gets in the way of us serving other people in the name of Jesus with humility and consistency? What are ways we can grow into more faithful servants of others?
Read: Hebrews 10:24-25
Why is consistent Christian community important and what keeps people from engaging in regular fellowship and worship? What do we miss out on when we stop meeting with other Christians?
Read: Matthew 9:36-37
What are ways we can engage in outreach and sharing our faith more often? Who is one person you are praying for and reaching out to right now and how can your group members pray for you?
What is one area of spiritual growth discussed in this sermon where you are doing well and have a healthy grip? What is an area of spiritual growth you need to get a better grip on and what step will you be taking in the coming days to move you forward?