I can’t believe this is our last week together in this study. I hope God has taught you many things over these past six sessions, but most of all, I pray you’ve drawn closer to him as you’ve pursued the path of holiness!
Let’s jump into the video. If you don’t have the ability or time to watch the video right now, you can review the highlights and leave your responses to the discussion questions below. Then, come back later and watch the video!
We’ve got such great stuff to discuss, so let’s get started…
Exploring the Spiritual Disciplines
“Our salvation is solely God’s work, but our sanctification is a joint project, a partnership between each of us and God. We can’t do it without God’s power, and God chooses to do it through our disciplined effort.”—Kathy Howard
Practicing the personal and corporate spiritual disciplines helps us grow spiritually. These are time-tested practices that have helped believers mature. There are various lists out there, but Kathy gave us a pretty comprehensive array:
- Bible intake (study/reading/memorization, etc.)
- Silence and solitude
Discussion Question: 1a)
Of the spiritual disciplines mentioned above, which have you found to be particularly helpful and how so?
Discussion Question: 1b)
Are there any you feel God is calling you to practice at this particular time or season in your life that you’re not already practicing? How might adding the practice of that/those disciplines help you grow?
Choosing Obedience to the Right Boss
In a world more comfortable saying, “You’re not the boss of me!” God calls us to obedience. Just as we reap dire consequences when we ignore the reality of gravity, when we butt our heads against God’s reality there will be natural consequences to our disobedience.
Yet, obedience isn’t supposed to take the form of legalism. Rather, we want to learn to walk in step with the Spirit, being led by him moment-by-moment.
Discussion Question 2)
Review your notes from pages 135-137 regarding Romans 8:5-8, 1 Corinthians 10:13, and Galatians 5:16-25. What would it look like in your daily life to keep in step with, walk by, and follow the Spirit?
Garbage in, Garbage Out
If we want our actions and words to reflect God’s holiness and goodness, we must be transformed from the inside out. We studied Romans 12:1-2 (be transformed by the renewing of your mind) and Philippians 4:8 (put your mind on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy). Then we looked at what we are putting into our minds. Is it what we want coming out in our actions and words?
Discussion Exercise for Day 3)
List every way you can think of that we can feed our minds with the truth of God’s Word and override the lies from our culture.
Practical Steps, Part 1
In Day 4 and 5 Kathy provided six practical steps we can take to incorporate holiness into our lives. In Day 4 we looked at the first three:
- Practice an awareness of the presence of God.
- Stay in the Word.
- Make the most of trials.
Discussion Question 4a)
What helps you stay aware of God’s constant presence?
Discussion Question 4b)
What helps you enjoy being in God’s Word? Are there particular types of studies you prefer? Do you do better with a group or on your own? If you need some help in this area, you might want to read my post, How to Enjoy Reading the Bible and Get More out of Your Time in It.
Discussion Question 4c)
What keeps you away from God’s Word? What obstacles to regular and rewarding Bible study do you consistently come up against?
Practical Steps, Part 2
In Day 5 we learned three more practical steps we can take to incorporate holiness into our lives:
- Respond quickly to the Holy Spirit.
- Be proactive in your battle against sin.
- Keep an eternal perspective.
Discussion Question 5)
How would implementing these help you walk more closely with God? What challenges might you encounter as you put these three steps into practice?
I look forward to reading your comments below and even though we don’t have anymore of these In the Word Wednesday sessions coming up, I hope you will continue to dialogue with me via the comments on my regular blog posts, and via email, Facebook and Twitter!
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Blessings of truth and grace,
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