Made to Grow (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend from Psalm 1 entitled “Made to Grow.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. We are beginning a new series on spiritual growth this week. When is a time that you have experienced the greatest growth in your life, whether spiritually, relationally, or in other terms? What or who helped to bring that growth about?
  2. This week we will study Psalm 1. Whether you are alone or in a group, read Psalm 1 out loud twice in order to prepare for our study.
  3. Verse 1 traces patterns of behavior and relationships that will not bring God’s blessing. What do you think the significance is of each of the three phrases in verse 1?
  4. What is the contrasting behavior that brings God’s blessing according to verse 2? What does that mean practically? How have you put this into practice in your own life?
  5. The writer of this Psalm provides a vibrant picture of the life lived with God in verse 3 as a growing, fruit-bearing tree. How would you describe this life in your own words?
  6. A lot of us have goals in life, whether for education, job, or even vacation plans. Do you have any goals for your life with God? If so, what are they? If not, why not?
  7. Verses 4 and 5 contrast two distinct ways of life. What are they and what is the end result of each?
  8. Name one specific way that you would like to grow spiritually in this coming year. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another. If you are on your own, write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week.

Next week we will continue our series on spiritual growth by looking at 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. Read that passage ahead of time and pray that God would speak to us together.

2 thoughts on “Made to Grow (discussion questions)

  1. Great questions, Matt! I’ve been realizing more lately that my spiritual life is much more about the nuts and bolts of everyday life and activity and not as much about pie-in-the-sky feelings. I’ve always loved Psalm 1 and appreciate the practical, action step orientation you’re taking with it.

    • Thanks for the comment, Kevin. I agree with you that we need to move beyond the “pie-in-the-sky feelings” that come and go, and view spiritual formation as directly connected to our simple, daily patterns of living. This is changing my way of thinking about growth.

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