Week of 5/28/2017

I Believe in You

Imparting Spiritual Life

Talking through the message during the week helps you turn what God is saying to you into action steps. These talking points, questions and scriptures are designed to help you take the next step. If you are leading a group through this guide, don’t feel like you have to answer every question. Pick out those questions that will stir up conversation and action among your group.

* What was one of the most important things you learned from your parents while growing up?

Read Matthew 16:24-28 and Psalm 71:17-18.

* These passages encourage us not to be distracted by worldly culture so that we can be focused on training the next generation to be Christ-centered world-changers.

* What are some distractions in today’s world that keep adults from training young people in the way God desires?

* Why is it so important for adults to guide and train children to be Christ-centered?

* What are some things that your parents did or did not do while you were growing up that helped shape you spiritually into the person you are today?

* Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 1 Corinthians 13:11-12. These verses show us the best ways to impart spiritual life on the next generation.

* Who are some of the people that regularly speak biblical truth to you and your family? How have they impacted you and your family’s spiritual life?

* Why is it important that adults enlist the help of others when training children to live a Christ-centered life?

* In what ways can you raise the expectations of your own spiritual life and in the lives of those that you influence?

* How can you strive to be more authentic in your relationship with Christ?

* What are some things you can do to become a stronger spiritual example to the people you currently influence?

NEXT STEP

* Here are some specific things you can do this week that will help you impart spiritual life to those you influence:

* If you are a parent or have children who you currently influence, take time to evaluate whether or not you are successfully imparting spiritual life to them in the three ways we learned from Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Identify the areas you struggle with and commit to improving them this week. If you need to enlist supporting voices, find out about the opportunities our church offers to create those relationships for your kids.

* Children can easily spot a fake. Take time this week to examine where you are not being

authentic when it comes to your relationship with Christ. Work towards being more authentic in all areas of your life. Some next steps to consider could be spending more time in prayer, more time reading your Bible and spending additional time with other believers.