By Dan Lentz
1. Name something you’ve done lately for the very first time. How did it feel to be a newbie at this activity?
2. Jacob was beginning a new spiritual journey, having just received his father’s blessing and having encountered the Lord in a personal way. What evidence do you see that Jacob was still a newbie in his walk with the Lord?
3. What are key practices or commitments a new or immature Christian must make in order to grow in his relationship with the Lord?
4. Before you pray together, take time to examine where you are in your walk with the Lord, both individually and in community with your group:
• First, what do you need to do to become more committed? Ask the Lord to help you discern what he wants you to do. Write a prayer, telling the Lord what you intend to do about it.
• Second, as a small group discuss what you need to do collectively to become more fully committed in your community life with the Lord. Decide at least one thing your group will do differently from this day forward and tell the Lord about it.
5. Finally, pray that you will continue to be teachable and be willing to do whatever the Lord wants, whenever he wants.
Dan Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.
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