When you hear the phrase “spiritual renewal” what immediately comes to your mind? (Be honest!) Why do you feel the way you do about renewal?
Pastor Kurt said, “complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual growth…that a complacent life is a stagnant life.” How does complacency hinder your spiritual growth?
Do you agree that what we think and believe affects what we say and do? If so, why is this a big deal; why does it matter so much?
Do you agree that we “leak” in our journey of faith (i.e., we don’t always stay full of spiritual vigor and passion)? If so, why do you leak?
Reread Romans 12:2. What part do you think spiritual renewal has in changing what you think and believe (i.e., in the “renewing of your mind”)?
Pastor Kurt said we need to “think spiritually to experience spiritual renewal.” (See 1 Cor. 2:14) What does that mean to you? What are the challenges you might face in trying to do so?
Let’s get real: Have you ever worried more about what others think than about what God thinks? Have you been a closet Christian (in your past or present)? How does that hinder spiritual renewal in your life? How does “coming into the Light . . . reveal your fruitful works produced by God” (John 3:21)?
What else did the Holy Spirit whisper to your heart during Kurt’s talk?