Connected: HomeGroup Resources

Connected: HomeGroup Resources

The spiritual disciplines are ways of expressing our dependence on God and intentionally seeking the transforming grace of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The spiritual disciplines themselves are practices commanded and/or modeled for us in Scripture and passed down by the church as ways of experiencing our with God life so that we are brought into increasing conformity to the life of Jesus. We have reason to believe that Jesus practiced some form of each of the practices that we are going to examine in this first part of the series. As we explore each of these practices, consider how God may be inviting you into a deeper experience of your life in Christ so that you are transformed into the image of His likeness. 
The guide below is intended for use in small group contexts, but individuals could benefit from reading, practicing, and reflecting on the disciplines surveyed here. Small groups who elect to use this resource might want to consider using the following structure for group gatherings:
  • Opening Discussion - Discuss how each member in the group defines the discipline being examined that week. Ask if anyone has experience with the practice being examined that week.
  • Read the key quotes and passages from Scripture – Examine how this practice is portrayed both in the writing of other believers and within the pages of Scripture.
  • Discuss Questions: Work through some or all of the suggested questions for reflection and discussion. Do not treat this list of questions as a task to be slavishly followed. Rather after selecting an initial questions all the conversation to develop naturally. As needed go back to the question bank to provide new stimulation to the conversation.
  • Suggested Practices: Decide whether there are practices that those in the group want to pursue, either individually or with others. Remember that committing to do something before others adds some healthy accountability for following through. 
  • Close in prayer