Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
1. The Similarities between receiving Christ and walking in Christ.
· We didn’t discuss this on Sunday, but why does the text say walking “in” Christ and not “with” Christ? Are there any other passages of Scripture that help answer that question?
· Faith – define faith. In what way is faith a similarity between receiving Christ and walking in Christ?
· Thanksgiving – what are some synonyms for thanksgiving in the Scriptures. What do you think about a person who experiences the new birth and receives Christ but without any sense of thankfulness? Do you think that they could have truly received Christ?
2. The Differences between receiving Christ and walking in Christ.
· What is the difference(s) between receiving Christ and walking in Christ?
· Other than zombie football players and "tight-ropers" walking between jagged mountain peaks, what illustrations can you think of to describe the difference(s) between receiving Christ and walking in Christ?
· “rooted” – do you have a fundamental conviction of heart that your continued spiritual life is from Christ as much as a plant’s continued nourishment is from the soil in which it is planted? How does your life manifest this?
· “built up” – do you have a fundamental conviction of heart that your continued spiritual growth is totally dependent on God’s grace through Christ? Is it a fundamental conviction of your heart that your main purpose in life is to glorify God through becoming more “built up” into Christlikeness?
· What needs to happen in your life in order for these things to become fundamental convictions of the heart? Be specific. Share with your small group your plan for these things to happen? Be accountable.
** Remember this key point: you experience God's grace necessary for spiritual growth because you trust him and while you obey him. There is no experience of God's grace in spiritual growth unless you are "walking."