12 WORDS | 10.08.2017 | “Dependence” + Guides

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Breaking Ground

Has there ever been a time in your life when you really wanted to learn a new skill or activity, and you had to engage a teacher?

What was the skill, and how did you learn?

What made the teacher particularly good (or bad)?


The Dig

Read John 15:1-2, and 15:16

What do you think it means to be “be fruitful” in our lives. (Hint: you can look at Galatians 5:22-23; that’s a good list of spiritual fruit.)

What kind of “fruit” do you think Jesus would specifically like to see in your life?

How do you think this fruit comes about?

How would you complete this statement: “Spiritually, I would like to learn to….”

Do you have a “guide” or navigator now for your spiritual journey?

If not, why not? If you do, why did you seek them out?

How did your relationship with them develop?

What are some specific activities that they have helped you develop that have helped your spiritual journey?

Is there any other part of your life in which you’d say you need a mentor or guide?

What would it mean to ask for help?


Getting Out of the Hole

Continue to pray the prayers from week 3 (Trust) and this week, and carefully think through what it means to release your “crutches” (“character defects”).

Consider finding a “guide” for your spiritual journey, or for some specific aspect of it (parenting, relationships, gift/skill development, etc.).

Identify a potential navigator/guide and reach out to them. Ask them to coffee and explore getting help in your journey.