No Longer Infants

New Philly Hongdae (all campuses)
Preached by Christian Lee on December 6, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 50 minutes (audio)


Preached at NP Hongdae-Alpha

Discussion Questions

CG questions written by Paul Yoo.

  1. How long have you been a Christian? What was your life like when you first became a Christian? What are some of the ways you stumbled and fell in the process of learning how to walk steadily?
  2. What stage of development in the Christian life would you say you are? (a) need to be fed by others; (b) able to feed myself; (c) able to feed others. How have you seen yourself progressing along these lines? What has helped?
  3. “I’m not being fed.” PC mentioned that as one of the biggest complaints of church members. What are the assumptions behind this statement, and what are its dangers?
  4. Read Eph 4:11-13. Who are the ones who are to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of Christ? What is the job of the pastors?
  5. A mark of maturity in the family means that the children eventually grow so that they are no longer dependent on their parents for everything in life. In the same way, a mature church is one where the people are able to build one another up and feed one another. What are some of the consequences of a church were everyone is dependent on the pastor to be fed and to be ministered to? Why do you think many churches have this mindset of remaining dependent on the pastors for all ministry?
  6. What are some of the ways that you have been equipped for ministry and building others up?
  7. One of the marks of immaturity is an unstable mind, being tossed to and fro. What are some manifestations of an unstable mind?
  8. Read vv. 14-15. What is the way that the church is to grow up from an unstable mind?
  9. Notice the strong contrast between verse 14 and verse 15, signified by the word “Rather”. Speaking the truth in love is set in contrast with something in verse 14. Breaking it down into two parts, what is “speaking the truth” set in contrast with? What is “in love” being contrasted to?
  10. It has often been taught that “speaking the truth in love” refers to biblical confrontation – that we need to learn to speak the truth (confronting and rebuking) in a spirit of love. But considering the context of what “speaking the truth in love” is contrasted with, what is a better understanding of what Paul means here?
  11. Read vv. 16. This verse emphasizes the roles that the whole body plays in growth unto maturity, with every joint and every part working properly. Why do we need the entire body working together in order for each one of us to grow unto maturity? How are we hindered from maturing when we “fly solo spiritually”?

Comments

  1. david kimball says:

    Yes, we are eating solid food. Let us strive to not want to be spoon fed like when we were children. Take responsibility for our own walks.

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