- Life Stages
• Intent: Consider these passages to understand Paul’s public message: 1 Cor. 15:1-8, Acts 16:30-31, Acts 17:30-31, Acts 20:27-32, and Acts 26:19-23. We cannot pass on the truth that we don't clearly know. To multiply, we must first know sound doctrine and be walking out our faith. We are both to guard sound doctrine (Titus 1:9) and entrust it to others (2 Tim.2:2).
• Intent: The Greek for faithful is πιστός (Pistos), meaning responsible, worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable. Consider these passages: Matt. 25:14-30, Lk. 16:10-12, and 1 Tim. 1:12-14.
• Intent: (A) Paratithēmi (entrust) means depositing something valuable for safekeeping. Consider a trust fund. It is held “in trust” until certain requirements are met. In the case of 2 Tim. 2:2, the requirement is that the item held “in trust” (Paul’s teaching) be entrusted (or committed - NKJV) to men who have been found to be faithful. In 2 Tim. 1:14, Paul alludes to the “treasure” that had been entrusted to Timothy. Likewise, we should consider the Biblical teachings we received and invest in those who have a proven interest in becoming a more mature Christian. This typically involves spending time with someone to teach them and model Christlikeness. It involves walking with them, advising and encouraging them to love the Lord, trust Christ, and disciple others.
• Intent: Verse 1, our strength comes from the Lord; vv. 3-4, suffering, hardship, and steadfastness as one who is under authority; v. 5, sticking to a Scripturally-based plan; v. 7, prayerfully meditating on God’s word [“reflect” NAS or “consider” NIV] will give us the insight on how to faithfully carry out our task.
• Intent: Evangelizing is informing; to proclaim the gospel. Its intended result is a work of God in revelation and an awakening to God’s Spirit. Discipling is the act of making a person into a disciple by teaching and mentoring them. This requires a deliberate time investment and work by the disciple and discipler to be transformed increasingly into Christlikeness over time.
• Intent: Look practically at potential roadblocks to discipleship (e.g., too busy, not truly believing in the importance of our mission and entrusting the truth, lack of faithful and reliable people, hardships, focused on worldly priorities, etc.)
• Intent: Encourage the group to recognize they do not have to be seminary graduates to disciple someone. Each Christian has knowledge, gifting, experience, and a mission that enables them to share with others.
What is a small group? Why would I want to be a part of one? I don't have time. Hear from one of our members about his recent conversation with someone on these very questions and objections. Listen as he lays bare his own journey and the answers he was brought to.
What if your motives and thoughts were being displayed, real-time, on a giant screen in the middle of time square, how would you feel? Consider the biblical perspective of the human heart and why God places so much emphasis on it, in this week's GROW Group questions.
The Small Group Resource Team has compiled a list of general questions meant to guide groups, or individuals, as they continue study of God's word through the summer months.
When it comes to growth, especially with things like investments, we desire multiplication over addition. Making disciples should be no different. This week's focus is on Our Pathway's multiplication component. Dive into questions that will stir this biblical motive among your small group once again.