Sermons

Pastor Daniel Tan - 25 November 2018

How We Grow

HOW WE GROW

Text: 2 Tim 3:10-17

Series: Grow - The Evidence of Life

Discussion Guide

No one learns to live as a Christian on their own. All of us need guidance and encouragement from external sources to deepen our faith and advance in spiritual maturity. 

1) Learn from people (10-14)

Christians learn best in community. Do you agree? Why? What are some key differences between learning in isolation and learning in a community? What are some advantages the latter have over the former?  

Read 2 Tim 3:10-14. Why do you think Paul reminds Timothy of how he has lived for the Gospel? If you were Timothy, how would you feel as you recall what Paul went through? What is the value in knowing what other believers have experienced in their walk with God? Share how 1-3 people whom you know personally have impacted you in your journey with God. What are some truths from the Bible that they have taught you? In what ways have they inspired you through their examples? Consider how they handle conflicts and setbacks - what would you want to learn from them and why?  

Growth takes place in tension. Why should we be prepared for discomfort if we want to grow? For instance, other believers can point out our blind spots so that we can change and grow. When was the last time someone did that for you? How has it helped you in your personal growth? Other believers can also spar with us and sharpen our thoughts. Do you have someone like that in your life? Who can play this role in your life? Will you invite him/her to challenge your perspectives? 

Mentoring is one imperfect person leading another imperfect person to discover the perfect love of God. Why is it important to acknowledge that we all have imperfections? How can both mentor and mentee exercise grace while spurring each other to grow? If you have a mentor, what is one thing you want to learn from him/her? Tell your mentor about it and come up with a plan to grow in that area. 

2) Trust the Bible to guide you (15-17)

Read 2 Tim 3:15-17. Who does Paul say is the source of Scripture (16a)? What does he say about the purpose of Scripture (16b-17)? How does knowing both the source and purpose of Scripture affect the way we approach the Bible? State one right way and one wrong way to treat the Bible. 

How would you rate your biblical literacy? Test it with this quiz: http://magazine.biola.edu/article/14-spring/biblical-literacy-quiz/. Share your score with your Life Group. What is the average score? Are you surprised by the result? Why? 

Studying the Bible is never urgent, but it's important. Do you agree? Why? What measures can you take to grow yourself in the Word? Studying Scripture is just the first step. The next is to test it. What is one command that God has for you in this season? Obey His Word and see what happens. Only after we have tested God's word and experienced its effects can we truly trust it. How can we encourage one another in the LG to invest more in studying and obeying God's Word? 

What are some difficulties faced by Christians in following biblical principles? Share about a time when you struggled with obeying the Bible. How did the Holy Spirit give you understanding of God's Word and empower you to live out the truth?

Reflection Questions

1) Learn from people (10-14)

Growth takes place in tension. For instance, other believers can point out our blind spots so that we can change and grow. When was the last time someone did that for you? How has it helped you in your personal growth? Other believers can also spar with us and sharpen our thoughts. Who can play this role in your life? Will you invite him/her to challenge your perspectives? 

2) Trust the Bible to guide you (15-17)

Studying the Bible is never urgent, but it's important. Do you agree? Why? What measures can you take to grow yourself in the Word? How can we encourage one another in the LG to invest more in studying and obeying God's Word? 

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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