In living the Christian life, we must remember how great is God’s grace toward us. We should be content in everything except for our spiritual growth. True knowledge is not purely theoretical but experiential, so we must practice the fundamentals.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing in this message that you found particularly encouraging, beneficial, or challenging?
- Read and discuss 2 Peter 1. What stands out to you as your read through this chapter? How do you see Peter’s approach of “simple ideas, deeply understood”? In what ways do you see Peter demonstrating the character of Jesus here? What points of application are here for us?
- In what ways can we underestimate the “fundamentals” of the Christian life? What are the results? How does this tend to play out in your life? What fundamentals do you need to “shore up” in your life and the lives of others you care about?
- How do our hearts drift when we forget God? How have you observed or experienced this?
- Why should you “be content in everything except for our spiritual growth”? How would you rate your spiritual growth over the past year? What adjustments do you need to make?
- Discuss Pastor Mike’s statement, “True knowledge is experiential.” Have you found that to be accurate in your life? What examples can you think of?
- What seven characteristics or qualities does Peter outline for us as integral for the Christian life (2 Peter 1:5-7)? Which are very present in your life? Which are lacking in your life?
- In what ways is God more interested in our character than in our comfort? What are the implications of this?