1. Equipped for Survival – This activity can either be done with your whole group together or by splitting your small group into smaller groups of 3-4. Tell your group that they are going to be stranded in the remote wilderness together. What 10 items would they deem essential to have with them? Give members 5 minutes to discuss and come to a consensus of their 10 most essential items. Would those 10 items allow them to feel fully equipped for surviving in the wilderness together? What else would they need to feel fully equipped?
2. Under-Equipped – Have your group members share hilarious (or not so hilarious) stories of when they tried to do something, but they were under-equipped and disaster ensued. Examples of stories might be cooking a thanksgiving turkey that ended up horribly scorched or trying to fix a car yourself and ending up making the problem worse.
Read Colossians 1:28.
1. What is at the core of the Christian message and life? How is this different from a philosophy of life or other worldviews?
• Intent: “We proclaim Him…” Discuss how the Person of Christ, not an idea, is at the center of our lives. While God has revealed truth through Scripture, the ultimate expression of truth is found in Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:17-18, 14:6).
2. What are some means by which people are equipped in Christ? See Ephesians 4:11-12a, Hebrews 13:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16, Proverbs 27:17, Colossians 3:16, and 2 Timothy 2:2.
• Intent: Answers may include pastors, teachers, God, Scripture, and fellow Christians.
3. According to Ephesians 4:12-16, what is the purpose of "equipping the saints" and what is the result?
• Intent: For works of service, building up the church, unity, knowledge of Christ, and maturity, resulting in Christlikeness.
4. Describe an area of your life where you have matured in Christlikeness. Do we ever reach full maturity?
• Intent: We can always grow! See 1 John 3:2 (We will be like Him) and 2 Cor. 3:18 (We are being transformed into Christ’s image).
5. What role do we play in maturing as a Christian?
• Intent: This is a relationship; both God and we have roles. See Philip. 1:6-7, 2:12-13, and Heb. 5:14-6:1.
6. What level of maturity is required to warn and teach others with all wisdom? To help present others mature in Christ?
• Intent: We are always both ahead and behind others in our spiritual maturity, and thus, we are continuously called to both disciple and be discipled. See Col. 3:16; Titus 2:3-5, and 2 Tim. 2:2.
7. Why is it important to measure maturity in Christ by the Scriptures, rather than by comparing ourselves with others?
• Intent: Comparison is a trap. We each carry our own unique gifting and calling. We fulfill our call in and through Christ (Philip. 2:13). The Scriptures alone set the standard.
Have group members split into pairs. Have pairs lay hands on each other as they pray. Have each person pray for the other person they are with to have wisdom as they continue to grow and mature in Christ.
1. Thursday’s devotional focused on the progression of Christian maturity as depicted in the infant (characterized by ignorance), child (self-centeredness), young adult (God- and other-centeredness), parent (intentionality, reproduction) model. Where would you place yourself or someone you're discipling? Share with each other what you will do to get yourself or another to the next level?
2. What is a class you can take, a group you can join, or a ministry you can help lead in order to mature yourself or others?