HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Considering this week’s Lent practice of “3x a day kneeling prayer,” how might this help form us in the love of God and neighbor?

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Let’s read our passage from Sunday again:

3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Reflect Together:

The passing on of a spiritual heritage (as Lois and Eunice did for Timothy) or being a spiritual parent (like Paul was to Timothy) is one of the greatest joys of the Christian life. How does Paul feel about Timothy in verses 3-5?

According to verse 6, do spiritual gifts appear in full bloom or do they need to be developed through use?  Spend some time as a group discussing what spiritual gifts you see in one another. Share how you see people in the group exercising their gifts for God’s purposes.

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Whose faith has formed you?  Who do you seek to emulate in your faith?

The spirit of power can give us confidence to pursue God’s purposes. The spirit of love can help us love His people more.  The spirit of self discipline is about making progress in God’s work in us.  Which of the the following would you most like God to grow in you: a spirit of power, of love, or of self discipline? And why?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

As you practice the habit of kneeling prayer this week, pray for your Paul and Timothy. Pray for a person who can be like a Paul, or a spiritual parent to you and pray for a person who can be like a Timothy, or a spiritual child to you.  Take initiative this week to reach out to a Paul and a Timothy in your life.

What are your next steps in fanning into flame the gift of God? Share this with the group.