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Growth Guide: Greater

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Growth Guide: (1 John 4:4)                                                

1) The book of 1 John was the last  book written in the new testament. It is believed that John wrote it in his nineties. Discuss the significance of his words as an older man wanting to impart wisdom to those in the church he would soon leave behind.

2) Early in his relationship with Jesus, John was known as the son of thunder because of his anger toward a samaritan village. As he matured he became known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. In what ways have you matured in your relationship with Christ? Name an area that you still need to become more like Him.

3) Read together ( 1 John 4:1-4) There were two key points to  apply today. The first point was " The Spirit of God"  When a person surrenders his life to Jesus, God promises to seal you with His Spirit. Vs 4 emphasizes If you have this relationship with Him, then He will keep you, Because greater is He that is in you! Have you been born again into  the spiritual family of God?

4) The second key point was the scripture of God. The word is vital to staying true to God. Are you placing God's word as a top priority in your life?

Prayer   Lord, may I hold your word close to my heart and may I find comfort in your Spirit. Help me stay true to you!

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Lord, thank you for your word. Help me to diligently seek out those who need your love. Help me to follow you with a heart full of devotion!

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Growth Guide: God Is Our Refuge

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Growth Guide: (Psalm 9:9)

                                                   (God is our refuge)

1)  Read together (Psalm 9:9) Talk about a season in your life where you took refuge in the Lord. Talk about a time when you didn't take refuge in Him. How did you grow in your relationship from these experiences?

2) Zack pointed out that we need to "run" to the refuge (relationship) Are you running towards Him? Discuss these verses (Prov.22:3, Ps 57:1) What key take away can you apply to your current situation?

3) Remain:  Read together ( Psalm 91:1-4) We  often want a quick fix when we go through hard times. Sometimes God wants us to take time and remain in Him. Many times I have left His refuge too quickly. Discuss remaining in Him.

4) Return: Storms will come and they will go. We must remember that God always is waiting to help us in the rough times. He never gets tired of us returning to Him repeatedly. Read together (Psalm 61:1-4, Matt 23:37) Are you willing to rest under his wings. Name a time when you chose your way instead of His way?

5) God is our refuge!! Think about taking one of these verses and committing it to memory. If you decide to do this, Tell someone in your group the verse you are memorizing.

Prayer   Lord, may I take refuge in you. Help me run to you as my refuge in times of trouble. May I remain in you as long as I need to. May I not rush your healing for me.

Lord, thank you for your word. Help me to diligently seek out those who need your love. Help me to follow you with a heart full of devotion!

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