Train – Part 2 – Proper Form
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, May 24, 2020
How do we achieve proper form as we train to become spiritually fit?
Life Group Study Guide – From May 24, 2020
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1. Have you ever thought of spiritual fitness as a training process where you can be potentially affected by good or bad form?
2. How important is it for you to get good feedback on how you are progressing and how you can personally improve in your spiritual fitness?
3. In Renovation of the Heart (p.239), Dallas Willard writes, “A fundamental mistake of much of the Western church is that it takes as its basic goal to get as many people as possible ready to die and go to heaven. It aims to get people into heaven rather than get heaven into people… it creates groups of people who may be ready to die, but clearly are not ready to live. They rarely can get along with one another, much less those ‘outside’. Often their most intimate relations are tangles of reciprocal harm, coldness, and resentment. They have found ways of being ‘Christian’ without being Christlike.” Do you agree? Disagree? Why?
4. Read Galatians 5:16-25. A benefit of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christ follower is that we now have direct access to the ultimate spiritual fitness trainer, teacher, guide, and enabler. He wants to guide us and give us new desires and passions to replace old and harmful ones that once dominated our lives.
How do we follow the Spirit’s leading?
What tangible results can we expect to see as we follow?
5. Jesus spent a lot of time talking about how the Holy Spirit works in the life of a believer to bring about positive change. In John 14-16, Jesus mentions at least three things we gain as we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives. The Holy Spirit teaches us:
- What to do (see John 14:23-26) – He teaches us everything and reminds us of what Jesus told us
- Who to trust (see John 15:18-26) – He testifies to the truthfulness of the ministry and message of Jesus
- How to endure (see John 16:1-15) – He brings conviction and confirmation in the face of opposition and pressure to abandon our faith
How have you seen the Holy Spirit’s influence in one of these areas as you follow His leading?
Is there one that you wish you had more of in your life right now?
6. The goal of this conversation is not so much to highlight all the proper forms to use in spiritual training as it is to lead us to trust and spend time with our ultimate trainer, the Holy Spirit. How can we do that more consistently?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?