Whenever we go the doctor, they check our vitals to see if we’re healthy. What are the vital signs of a healthy spiritual life? This weekend, we’ll look at four teachings of Jesus that can help us check our spiritual vitals so we can have a healthy and growing faith!
Group Discussion Guide
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Spend a few minutes discussing with your group how their application of last week’s group discussion went. What were the highs and lows of their last week?
After your time of connecting, begin your meeting with prayer.
2 Timothy 2:15
“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
There are times when it can be easy to go through the motions of life because life is just “normal” and not much seems to change. If we are not careful, however, this can lead to us becoming stagnant in certain parts of our life that need to consistently be evaluated. Just like we should be making sure we are physically and mentally healthy, we should also be training ourselves to grow in our spiritual life. The first step to this is by evaluating where we’re at, which can be difficult by ourselves. The good thing is that God loves us and wants us to grow in our relationship with him so we can be confident that he will help us along the way.
Big Idea For The Week
God wants the best for your spiritual life.
- What do you think it looks like to be healthy?
- On a scale from 1 to 10, how important is personal health to you and why? How does this affect the way you live your life?
- How do you take your pulse for how spiritually healthy you are?
Go around your group and have someone read each of the following verses, then discuss the connected questions.
Read + Discuss
- Mark 1:16-18
- Matthew 28:18-20
- What invitations has Jesus extended to you lately? How have you responded to them?
- On Sunday, Jason said that one way to be spiritually healthy is to have an “invitational spirit” like Jesus, meaning we embody his dedication to inviting others to do the spiritual life together.
- How have you had an inspirational spirit in your life? What are some ways you can be more inviting to others?
Read + Discuss
- 1 Peter 4:8-11
- What do these verses say about how your spiritual life should be lived out? How could living like this affect your faith?
- How are you growing in your spiritual life with others?
Read + Discuss
- 1 John 3:16-18
- How can we serve with the love of Jesus? What ways do you serve and sacrifice for the good of others?
- What should our mindset be when we are serving and/or giving to others?
- If you are comfortable, share a time when someone has served you with this mindset. How did this affect you?
Take a moment to discuss this section as a group to decide what your action steps for the week can be:
- What steps can you take this week to evaluate your spiritual health?
- What areas of your spiritual life do you think need to be focused on?
- vHow can you address these areas over the next few weeks?
- How can your group be a part of your journey towards more intentional growth with Jesus?
Putting in the effort to evaluate how you are doing in your spiritual life can be difficult. Unlike physical or mental health, you can’t always tell how spiritually healthy you are by looking in a mirror or thinking through it. As a result, you have to evaluate by looking at your life and how you life with people around you.
Take this week to evaluate your spiritual health. How is it doing? Lean on your group for support in how to approach and carry out this goal together. If you do this, you can realize which areas need more work and which ones you can develop further. We can all do this together with Jesus as our guide!
Daily Bible Reading
Use the S.O.A.P. method to reflect on the verses below.
Scripture: Read the verses several times out loud.
Observation: As you read the scripture what do you observe.
Application: What is God wanting you to believe, do or feel based on what you have read?
Pray: This is a chance to talk to God about what you have read, and ask him for help in living out what you’ve learned.
- Day 1: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
- Day 2: Galatians 5:13-14
- Day 3: Matthew 6:1-4
- Day 4: Romans 12:10
- Day 5: Proverbs 3:27
- Day 6: John 8:12