Following Jesus is a journey that will likely take a person through a variety of different stages – but ultimately, there is no arrival along the road of spiritual growth. You may find some checkpoints along the way, but no finish line (at least on this side of eternity.) Spiritual growth is a lifelong process.
In the previous post, you will see how a small group leader can help the group participants continue to grow spiritually over the long haul. Even with a mix of people from different backgrounds, different stages, and different personalities, the leader can help each participant make progress along their spiritual journey. Rather than
A cast of characters The next time you sit in a small group, take a look around. There is likely a variety of people represented… different backgrounds, different lives, different journeys, different seasons. In order to lead a diverse group follow Jesus and grow spiritually, a small group leader needs to have a long-term perspective.
I’ve wished a lot of time away. …some of it was missed preoccupied with the future. …some of it was wasted trapped by the past. The rearview mirror is an important tool. But in order to drive, you need to keep looking forward – only glance at the rearview mirror as needed. Chained and
For just a moment, I was able to understand the differences between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. A teenager explained it to me. We were riding along the highway on the way to a youth camp in a packed van. He was one of those uncommonly intelligent teens; but what made him unique was his
They sat across the table together betrayed, wounded, and defeated. They had poured out their broken hearts to my wife and me; and we all just sat for a moment with a dreary silence among us. What Happened? Many years ago, our dear friends had each surrendered their lives to Jesus. They were
“When the leader is bitter and cynical, the followers will either begin to adopt those same those attitudes, or simply move on.” You can’t hide it for long… cynicism will eventually show itself. It’s not very noticeable at first. It begins like little weeds that grow in your mind. The seeds will be
Consider the differences between… …participating in an archeological dig VS reading a book about archeology. …or watching a TV show about animals VS a guided tour of a zoo. In both of these comparisons you are essentially dealing with the same subject matter; but the experience is almost incomparable. Now consider the difference between listening
A peek in the window at a 1st century small group… Hebrews 10:23–25 23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us
Fiction or Blasphemy? “Best book ever!” or “Straight from hell!”? The book “The Shack” has stirred up much controversy since being published. With the impending release of the movie, the firestorm of opinions seems to have been freshly stirred up. So should you read the book, watch the movie, or avoid both as a person