Message Date: Sunday, April 19 (Watch)
Think about it.
We’ve all started something “new” in our lives, right? It might be a new job, a new hobby, and a new relationship—to name a few. Some of our experiences have been better than others. What is the last “new” thing you started within the past 12 months? What could have improved your experience?
Read the following passages and discuss or reflect on the the corresponding questions:
- John 2:1-12 — Who was with Jesus on His trips to Cana and Capernaum? How did they respond to their time with him? How long were they together?
- John 3:1-22 — Who was with Jesus when he met with Nicodemus? What did they observe Jesus doing? Where did Jesus “spend some time with them” after leaving Jerusalem?
- John 4:27-42 — Who was with Jesus on His trip through Samaria? How did they respond to what Jesus was doing there? What did they learn together from being with Jesus?
Connect the world of the Bible to our culture.
We see Jesus traveling and spending time with His disciples throughout the Gospels. For up to eighteen months, Jesus intentionally spent time together with His disciples, helping them move through this second stage of their disciple-making journey.
Reflect: What do you think are some of the distractions and/or obstacles for Christians in spending intentional time with other believers?
Go straight to the heart of the matter.
You may or may not have been helped to grow as a new believer. No matter what, Jesus gave us a model on how to invest relationally in new believers.
Reflect: What do you remember about how you were treated as a new believer? What do you believe is the most important first step for new Christians? Share the names of the new believers you know. What’s the next step they need to grow? How can you help?
Spend some time asking the Father to help you in how to invest in a few others grow in the basics. Ask him to give you the courage to take a next step with them.
LIVE IT OUT
Put it into action.
Share what you discovered with others and put it into action. This week, share with the two people on your list what you’ve learned from God this week.
Be prepared to share with those God brings unexpectedly across your path. Set aside 10-15 minutes this week to reflect on the distractions and/or obstacles you’re facing now in helping new believers grow in the basics.