Sermons

Asst. Pastor Dennis Loh - 18 November 2018

Why We Grow

WHY WE GROW
Text: Eph 2:1-7; 4:1
Series: Grow - The Evidence of Life


There are many reasons why we do not grow spiritually; too busy, too distracted, too bored, too dissatisfied. There is only one reason why we want to grow - our gratitude for the Good News.

Discussion Guide

1) Once we were bound for eternal death (2:1-3)

How do you know something is dead? Give a few examples. What does death represent? Why do you think people dislike or fear death?
Read Eph 2:1-3. To the religious Jews in Paul's day, living without God is as good as being dead because God is life. Living without God means being insensitive to Him. What does insensitivity to God look like? How does it lead to a life steeped in sin? Why do you think Paul wants to remind his hearers of their past as the 'walking dead'?

Once, all us were insensitive to God. What were you like before you became sensitive to God? How did your lifestyle then affect your well-being or worldview? How did it affect the people around you? A mark of spiritual growth is our increasing awareness of sin because of our growing sensitivity to God. Do you find yourself growing in awareness of God and sin? How so? How can the Life Group encourage one another to grow in sensitivity to God and sin? How can we exercise grace and holiness in doing so?

2) Now we have eternal life in Christ (2:4-7; 4:1)

How do you know something is alive? Give a few examples. What does life represent? Why is life precious and desirable?

Read Eph 2:4-7. Why does God want to save us though He does not owe it to us to do so? What does the passage tell us about God’s character? Why do you think Paul keeps emphasising Christ? What is Christ's role in God's salvation plan?
Do we still find the Good News good today? Gratitude is not just what we say on our lips but what we do with our lives. How do we know whether we are still grateful for the Good News? How does gratitude to Christ enable us to deal with success and failure?

Read Eph 4:1. Every believer is called to know the love of Christ. Discuss what "a life worthy of the calling you have received" looks like. If we want to truly live for Christ, we need to grow in our knowledge, skills and attitudes. What are you currently doing to grow yourself in these areas? What are some avenues or platforms you can seek to grow spiritually? What can the Life Group do together to grow as a community in Christ?

Reflection Questions

1) Once we were bound for eternal death (1-3)

Once, all us were insensitive to God. What were you like before you were sensitive to God? How can the Life Group encourage one another to grow in sensitivity to God and sin? How can we exercise grace and holiness in doing so?

2) Now we have eternal life in Christ (2:4-7; 4:1)

How do we know whether we are still grateful for the Good News? If we want to truly live for Christ, we need to grow in our knowledge, skills and attitudes. What are you currently doing to grow yourself in these areas? What can the Life Group do together to grow as a community in Christ?

From Series: "Grow - The Evidence Of Life"

The world we live in values learning. We are surrounded by a wealth of information, advisors, and resources, all with the same intent of helping us progress in life.
But does learning alone lead to growth? As a Christ follower, apart from attaining knowledge, are there other key ingredients that will help us to grow in wisdom and thrive in our faith?
Our growth is the evidence of Life. This November, take ownership of your walk in Christ.

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