Small Group Questions: Spiritual Growth
Do you remember the first time that you felt you were an adult: responsible, mature and capable?
Was this a time of solitary responsibility or within a group?
Share this reflection with the group.
Read 1 Corinthians 3 out loud together. Read a few verses each, so that the entire group reads a section of the passage.
Discuss verses 1 and 2. Note that the that the opposite of spiritual maturity is worldly and immaturity.
Discuss the three symptoms of immature worldliness given in verses 3 and 4.
If the first step in growing up is to recognise the symptoms, what are the other steps in becoming mature spiritually?
Have one of the group read: 1 Corinthians 3: 5-9
We read in verse 7 that “only God makes things grow”. What impact does that statement have on your service for God?
What encouragement for us and our service for God can you see in verses 5-9?
How does the knowledge that ‘Only God makes things grow!’ impact your prayer life?
Have one of the group read 1 Corinthians 3:10-14.
Most of us are building on what other people have built before us. What comfort is there in that?
Discuss what Paul means by the flammable building materials and the costly fireproof ones.
Go around the group and tell each person as a group what you see they are bring to the church.
Pray for each other’s ministry, that it will be fireproof, and that it will see God making it grow, making it productive.
How does it make you feel to know that we are the temple of God? (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
Can you give examples of God’s wisdom and man’s wisdom from everyday life?
If we have everything we need in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:22-3) how can we take hold those resources?
Pray for the growth of each member of the group, that they grow in spiritual maturity. Pray that the ministries of each group member are build on Christ, and built with lasting materials.
Give thanks to God together, as we are His temple.
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