Maturing In Christ (#adultingwithJesus) Part 1-Actively Attentive
Watch Sermon HERE
Small Group Leader Notes:
Scripture: James 1:17-27
Summary: In the goal of maturing our faith in Christ, Christians can overcome the two barriers of self-deception and distraction with the art of active attention on Jesus.
1. How was God speaking to you during the message from this Sunday?
2. What do you think is the goal of faith and perseverance? (James says the goal is maturity)
3. Read James 1:17-27. The message included some ways that Christians deceive themselves into living a less mature faith. Can you name a few more ways that Christians lie to themselves?
4. What are some things that distract Christians from paying attention to and living out the message of Jesus?
5. What do you need to remove from your life? What’s your old style that you need to get rid of (1:21)?
6. Define humility. Why is humility necessary for receiving the good news of Jesus?
7. James describes the act of God as bringing “new birth.” If you have accepted the good news for your life, take a moment to remember that moment. Why did you decide on the way of Jesus? Are you more or less meek in your reception of Christ now that you have been following Him?
8. If you haven’t accepted the good news of Jesus for your life and you’d like to, take a moment to confess your sins to God, ask God for forgiveness for them, tell him that you want Him to lead your life. If you’re in a small group, tell your leader. If you’re not, contact the church (717-764-4888) because we’d love to pray with you and direct you in your next step.
9. If you have a regular prayer and devotional life, what is it? If you don’t but you want to, take a minute to think through your daily routine and choose a time and location to read scripture and pray.
10. How do you feel led to pray off the scripture today?
Maturing In Christ Study Challenge
· Choose a time & place to be quiet for 10-15 minutes.
· Start by listing three things for which you are thankful.
· Invite Christ to speak to you through the reading.
As you read the scripture passage ask these three questions:
1. What do I learn about the character of God here?
2. What’s the good news that is presented?
3 How can I pray based off this passage?
Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church.
Monday: James 1:1-15
Tuesday: James 1:16-27
Wednesday: Matthew 5:1-12
Thursday: Matthew 5:13-20
Friday: Luke 8:1-15