In week two of our ready.set.GO! series we dived into the topic of spiritual growth. Romans 8:29 tells us that God’s goal for our lives is to grow to become more and more like Jesus every single day. The famous theologian A.W. Tozer said “The purpose of God is not to save us from hell. The purpose of God is to make us like Christ.” So I challenged the students that if they buy into God’s goal for their life, they need to learn how to grow spiritually. We looked at Ephesians 4:11-16 and found three main parts of spiritual growth:
1. RESPECT the input of my God-Given Authorities
2. Take RESPONSIBILITY for my own spiritual growth
3. RECOGNIZE my need to do life with others
I also challenged the students to think about community groups differently. I said, “It’s one thing to be on a team… it’s another thing to be a PART of the team.” I want students to not only be IN a community group… but to be INVOLVED in a community group.