1. Our faith grows through the TRUTH- Intentional time in God's word, in the presence of others speaking and discussing His word, and through prayer. God reveals himself to us through the Bible!
2. Our faith grows through TRIALS- These are not always fun, but James writes that they are there to grow us. How do we look at our lives when things are tough?
3. Our faith grows through TIME- Life experience and time walking with Jesus will help us learn to depend on Him and we will see Him work in our lives and in others. It isn't always instantaneous.
4. Our faith grows through TOGETHERNESS- The Bible tells us that as iron sharpens iron, one many sharpens another. God created the community of believers called the Church in order for us to encourage one another and to grow in faith.
Here are some good discussion questions on the topic:
-What is something in life that I really want to do that requires me to grow up and mature?
-Why is growing up or maturing important?
-Would it be okay to be a junior higher forever mentally or physically? What about being a Junior Higher in your faith?
-We discussed 4 primary ways that God uses to grow us in faith; through the truth, through trials, through time, and through togetherness. Which one of these has impacted your faith the most?-Which one of these areas has been hardest for you to grow in faith through?