Ephesians 4:14 (Phillips) We are not meant to remain as children at the mercy of every chance wind of teaching… Instead we are meant to hold firmly to the truth in love, and to grow up in every way into Christ.
Matthew 4:4 (NLT) Jesus: “People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every Word of God.”
Acts 20:32 (MSG) Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends.
Luke 3:18 (CEV) In many different ways John preached the good news to the people.
John 13:17 (NIV) Now that you know these things, you’ll be blessed if you practice them!
Hebrews 5:14 (GW) “Solid food is for mature people, whose minds have been trained by practice to know the difference between good and evil.”
1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV) “All good athletes train hard and practice to get better. They do it to win a prize that won’t last. But we practice to win a prize that will last forever!”
Romans 1:12 (NCV) I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (TEV) Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the HABIT of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more …
Matthew 9:29 (NIV) Jesus said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.”
Jeremiah 29:13 (MSG) God: “You’ll find me when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else …”
Nehemiah 9:38 (NIV) “In view of all this, we are making a covenant together in writing, and all of us are signing our names to it …”
2 Corinthians 13:9 (TLB) “Our greatest wish and prayer is that you will become mature Christians.”
Are you living up to the “calling you have received”? In your work? Your home? Your relationships? Why or why not?
In Matthew 4:4 Jesus says we “must feed on every Word of God.” What is the longest you ever went without eating or “feeding?” How did it feel?
Read Luke 3:18. Who have been “John the Baptists” in your life—people who have shown you the way, led you to Christ, and encouraged you? Discuss with your small group.
When did you first feel Jesus’ call in your life? How has that call changed your goals? Your sense of obligation to others? How is that reflected in your prayers? Your actions?
Discuss Point 6 with your small group. What action steps have you committed to take? What is your action plan this week to “commit to growth” as a disciple? How can you encourage each other?
How will you seek to apply this message this week, and how can your group pray for you about that or assist you in doing it?
In messages liberally sprinkled with humor and filled with straight – and sometimes tough – talk, Kevin reaches out to people with God’s message of grace and love.