Servant to All
In 1 Corinthians 9:15-24 Paul uses the example of his own style of ministry to exhort the young church to cultivate habits of personal discipline and self control. Paul's hope for the Corinthians is that they might utilize their new found Christian liberty as a powerful tool for gospel progress. In our present culture - one where personal autonomy and authority is held in near idolatrous esteem - we stand to learn much from Paul's example as well.
- Galatians 5:22-23 lists some specific ‘fruits of the Spirit’ Christians frequently experience growth in as they seek to live by the spirit. Choose one ‘fruit’ from this list that you have seen grow as your faith matures, what circumstances did God use to drive that growth?
- Consider a time when obedience to Christ meant making a change in your life that proved difficult to make? How did you resolve this tension? Share your experience with the group.
- As you seek to mature in your faith is there one area in particular where you would like to become more disciplined? Take turns sharing with the group and praying for one another to grow in these areas.