You’re born into God’s family the moment you place your faith in Jesus for eternal life. You start as a spiritual baby. But it’s never God’s intention for you to remain a baby. You are to grow and thrive as a maturing believer in Jesus. But you never grow passively. You grow by practices meant to nourish you and stretch your spiritual muscles. Growing in Jesus becomes a life-long adventure of learning and change for His glory.

Discussion Questions

How would you describe the difference between being born as a new believer in Jesus and growing as a believer in Jesus? What does that timeline look like in your life?

The Bible is filled with warning for believers to live faithfully. Read 2 Peter 3:14-17. How would you summarize Peter’s concerns for his readers?

It is normal for living things to grow if nourished properly. Peter gives us two broad categories of growth as a believer. What are they (2 Peter 3:18)?

In His prayer, just before His crucifixion, Jesus prays for Himself, His disciples, and all who will believe in Him. Notice John 17:3. Eternal life is equated with knowing God (compare 2 Pet. 3:18). What does it mean for you to know God?

The means by which we grow spiritually from a long list. Four popular practices are Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and sharing your faith with others. Describe each of these and how these practices are seen in your life.

The list of practices or spiritual disciplines also includes solitude, silence, sabbath, secrecy, worship, fasting. Which are your go-to disciplines for spiritual growth? What disciplines have been neglected in your life and need stirring up?

The most under-acknowledged means of spiritual growth might be trials and hardship. Read Romans 5:3-5 and James 1:2-5. How might hardship help you grow toward maturity? What present hardship or difficulty is God using in your life right now?

Further Reading

A New Covenant

God reminds us in the Bible that He gave an Old Covenant and a New Covenant. Confuse the two and you’re in for a confusing and inconsistent attempt at living for Jesus. It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the church across the world is mired in legalistic...

New Direction

When we find ourselves moving in a certain direction and focused on our goals, it can be jarring to feel like God suddenly is taking us in a new direction. It's hard to consider that what we are currently building is no longer necessary or worse, futile all along. We...

New Community

We all identify with communities in some ways. Even the most isolated individuals acknowledge some basic common ground with other people groups. From sports teams to political parties to hometowns, communities unite us around common ideas. But when we run into...

A New Heaven and A New Earth

God makes all things new. He is about taking the brokenness brought on by sin and offering a new reality. God’s plans for a believer’s eternity are staggering in immensity and joy. We will exist forever on a new earth—a reality more alive than our present existence....

New Habits

Habits can have a profound impact on our lives in both good and bad ways. And often, we’re unaware of how much we do in our lives simply by force of habit. We’ll discuss how modern behavioral science is catching up to what the church has known for thousands of years...