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The following post is excerpted from my new eBook, Small Group Leader Toolbox. See more information about this resource at the end of this post.
Just as a plant needs a number of specific elements in its environment in order to grow, Christians need at least seven vital factors or influences to grow spiritually. Each of these plays a significant part in helping people mature in your small group. Be sure you know your place as a leader with these factors (for instance, you are not the agent of life change!).
Lord - Glory - Likeness - Glory - Lord
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
“God the Father chose you long ago, and the Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed Jesus Christ and are cleansed by his blood” (1 Peter 1:2).
Holy - Spirit - Lives - Kind - Fruit
“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22, 23).
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care…” (1 Peter 5:2).
Today - None - Sin - Deceitfulness - Hebrews
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13).
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will...
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