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Key Thought:

“It is time to grow up in our faith.”

Key Quote

 "When you get your eyes off of yourself you will grow up in the Lord" - Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • Are you an early bird or a night-owl?
  • What was the worst haircut you ever had?
  • What is your go to Karaoke song?
  • What was your favorite food, snack or candy when you were a little kid?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • How do you know if you’re a “baby” Christian or are maturing in your faith? 
  • How can we “mature” in our walk with Jesus?
  • What is the impact of unbridled emotions on ourselves, our relationship with God, and others?
  • What are the dirty, jingling keys that distract a baby Christian from focusing on God?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What is an area in your faith that needs growth? (Check the baby list)
  • Do you struggle with being worldly away from church than when you are?
  • What are some things that you get distracted by in the world?
  • How did your faith deepen when you made it about serving other people?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross. I want to grow closer to you. Help me to mature from being a “baby” Christian to a fruitful disciple.  In Jesus Name, Amen. 

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Read the bible 5 minutes a day, this week.
  • Invite someone to church this weekend.
  • Make serving others through your local church a routine part of your life. Go to and click on the “Volunteer” tab to find a place to serve!


Then we will no longer be babies. We will not be tossed about like a ship that the waves carry one way and then another. We will not be influenced by every new teaching we hear from people who are trying to fool us... No! Speaking the truth with love, we will grow up in every way into Christ.

Ephesians 4:14-15 NCV

Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. 

John 12:26 NLT

The plan was that they would be with him, and he would send them out to proclaim the Word... 

Mark 3:14a MSG

“If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.” 

Luke 14:26 NLT

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ...You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” 

Luke 14:29-30 NLT

“If you continue to obey my teaching, you are truly my followers. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 

John 8:31-32 NLT

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’  The second command is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’  There are no commands more important than these. 

Mark 12:30-31 NLT

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.”

Matthew 16:24 NLT

Jesus called out to them and said, “Come and follow me, and I will transform you into men who catch people for God.” 

Matthew 4:19 TPT

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. 

Matthew 28:19-20 NLT

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