“At Just the Right Time: Spiritual Parenting”
Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.
ICEBREAKER (optional): Any upcoming plans or trips you still have for summer?
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message that they’d like to share.
- This weekend we talked about spiritual parents – mature disciples who relationally invite others to follow Jesus as they follow Jesus. Was this a new idea or concept for you? How does the idea of spiritual parenting change the way we view our relationships?
- Have you had “spiritual parents” in your life? What legacy or effect did they have on you?
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Turn to your favorite verse or passage of Scripture. Note: If you have several newer Christians or group members who are unfamiliar with the Bible, you could have them look up some classic verses like Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 3:5-6, John 3:16, Colossians 3:1-2, Philippians 4:6-7, or others. Spend a few minutes re-reading this verse or passage. Find a truth that a spiritual parent could pass on to spiritual children and share that with the group.
- Was it difficult to read the Bible with the mindset of a spiritual parent? Did you see your verse or passage differently because of the way we read and shared?
- DEVELOPING OTHERS/ON MISSION: Spiritual parenting is all about maturity. It’s not something that we can or should just jump into. Are you filling the role of a spiritual parent in someone else’s life? If so, tell us about that. If not, how would you describe the stage you are in as you follow Jesus (new believer, just starting to take steps forward in your faith, learning and consistently following each day, etc)?
FROM PASTOR JEFF: Small Group Leaders, this discussion will give you greater insight into the people of your group and where they are at spiritually (unbelievers, spiritual infants, children, young adults, or parents). As a spiritual mother or father to your group, this could set you up to lead with greater spiritual intentionality as you make mature disciples of Jesus. Your coach and I would love to come alongside you as you take personalized next steps with your group members.