[re]FORMED, Nov. 8-14

Outline

Vision – What do we really desire?


The Goal
Philippians 3:7-10

 

The Path1 John 2:13-14


Obstacles – What holds us back?


Denial – I’m not that bad

         Fatalism – I’m just who I am

         Blaming – It’s not my fault

         Passivity – I don’t want to deal with it

 

Intention –What do we need to choose?

 

Not hoping, but deciding, Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Corinthians 15:10

 

Not trying harder, but training wisely 1 Tim 4:7-10

 

I will follow Jesus

Phil 3:7-14

Group Discussion Questions

Focus on the questions that are most relevant to your group and skim or skip those that are not at this time

  1. How have you faced obstacles in pursuing your growth to spiritual maturity or Christlikeness? What has prevented you from growing more rapidly or further?
  2. What is the aim of your life? What do you most desire for your life?
  3. On the path to Christlike maturity, where would you place yourself and why? Exploring, starting, growing or maturing?
  4. In your spiritual growth progress, which of these obstacles do you struggle with most: denial, “I’m not that bad;” fatalism, “that’s just who I am;” blaming, “it’s not my fault” or passivity, “I don’t want to deal with it?”
  5. What is God’s role in our progress to spiritual maturity? What is our role? See Philippians 2:12-13 and 1 Corinthians 15:10.
  6. In pursuing spiritual maturity, what are differences between trying harder and training wisely? 1 Timothy 4:7-10. Why does just trying harder not work?
  7. Paul intentionally decided to pursue knowing Christ fully. Read Philippians 3:7-14. Have you made this fundamental decision to follow Jesus all-in, holding nothing back? What motivated you to make the decision? Is something holding you back from making it?

 

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