09/11/16 – 11/27/16

Marks of a Maturing Disciple

Intentional discipleship is following Jesus, step by step, in every facet of life. A maturing apprentice of Jesus engages rhythms of life to be with God, and is marked by a growing humility, ripening character and deepening influence. This growth happens from the inside out. We are being transformed by Jesus, step by step so that we love and live like him. How is Jesus moving you?

For this week’s Discussion Group Questions, click on the most recent sermon. It’s not too late to join a small discussion group (8 weeks this fall) to deepen the conversation! See our spiritual formation page to sign up and learn more about opportunities for intentional discipleship in 2016-17.

  • Advent – Hunger

    Amos 8:1-12,  Matthew 5:3-6 Video: Ryan Comes Home THE MARKS OF A MATURING DISCIPLE ENGAGING RHYTHMS OF LIFE WITH JESUS ✤ Listening for and responding to the Father’s voice. ✤ Being formed by Scripture. ✤ Increasing self-awareness and continual conversion to Jesus’ way of life. ✤ Being transformed by God’s heart for people to know him.

  • Ripening Influence

    Click here to download a PDF copy of the Sermon Notes & Discussion Questions Questions for Reflection • Recognize someone in your life who has influenced your character ‘ripening’ in a great way. Recognize someone who has had a negative effect on your character development? • What do you guess God sees and feels as

  • Ripening Character – Evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit

    Click here to download a PDF copy of the Sermon Notes & Discussion Questions QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: Consider 2-3 people who you have a sense of deep respect for their character. What is it about them that you notice? What kind of character-ripening can you see evident in their lives? In considering the both/and truth

  • Humility – Generosity of Spirit Toward Others

      Click here to download a PDF copy of the Sermon Notes & Discussion Questions QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How is generosity pouring out of you toward others? Are there any “flow” issues upstream (to do with gratitude and humility?) How generous are you with receiving care? SCRIPTURES: Philippians 2:1-8 – Please look up and read!

  • Conscious Dependence on the Holy Spirit

    Click here to download a PDF copy of the Sermon Notes & Discussion Questions QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How would you describe the relationship you have with the Holy Spirit? What do you think has contributed to it being this way? How might you pay attention to the presence of the Holy Spirit in you and with

  • Being Transformed By God’s Heart For People To Know Him

    Can we grasp the immense love that God has for us – for everyone? Click here to download Sermon Notes & Discussion Questions PDF Discussion Questions: As you reflect on your own maturity level as a disciple of Jesus, how close is your heart to God’s heart in terms of passion for people to know Him?

  • Increasing Self-awareness & Continual Conversion to Jesus’ Way of Life

    Luke 9:24, Ephesians 4:14-24, John 3:5-7, John 12:24 Discussion Questions

  • Being Formed by Scripture

    Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 #FormedByScripture Discussion Questions: 1. How has Scripture formed who you are in your life? 2. What is your biggest struggle when it comes to interacting with the Bible? 3. How might you engage with Scripture more intentionally in your life? Being Formed by Scripture – Follow-up (pdf) Websites with Bible study

  • Listening & Responding to the Father’s Voice

    #ListeningandRespondingLIFE Discussion Questions: When, in your life, have you heard Jesus speak with the ears of your heart? And was it through scripture, silence and solitude, invitation, teachers, worship, conviction, a sense of burden, or promptings? What is the main barrier in your life that keeps you from listening to God’s voice? How is God

  • Jesus’ Rhythm of Life

    Matthew 11:28-30, John 10:10, Colossians 2:6-7 Jesus had a rhythm of life, a cycle of engaging in kingdom work and disengaging to be with his Father. Will we allow God to teach us Jesus’ rhythm of being alone with God first, then being together with a few, and then investing in work with him?

  • Intentional Discipleship: How Is Jesus Moving You?

    James 1:17-25, Matthew 16:24-26 We don’t drift into discipleship. Let us choose to follow Jesus, step by step, in every facet of life. See our spiritual formation page to learn more about opportunities for intentional discipleship in 2016-17, including sign-ups for small discussion groups (8 weeks this fall) to deepen the conversation.