June 11, 2017 – Growing in Faith

June 11, 2017 – Growing in Faith

June 23rd, 2017

Preacher: Rev. Scott Strickman
Communicants Sunday

Luke 2:41-52 (ESV)
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Sermon Outline
You should expect to grow.

I) On Pentecost God gave us a foretaste of our bright social future

  • stature and wisdom
  • favor with God and man

II) Watch for various opportunities for growth

  • straightforward (vv46-47)
  • crisis (v48)
  • requiring time (v50)
  • relationally (v49)

Questions for Reflection

  1. In what ways are you growing? Positive ways? Negative ways (growing worse)?
  2. Are you intentional about growth? What are you doing to grow in wisdom, favor with God and favor with others? Are you seeking to deepen your relationship with God, or with people, in any proactive ways? What kinds of things could you be doing?
  3. How do you grow best? What challenges make it hardest to grow (or spur growth in the wrong ways)?
  4. How can you look for opportunities to grow in difficult times? What prevents you from seeing the opportunities (or wanting to see them)?
  5. The gospel says Jesus has given us new life. How can you trust God’s work in you and press on with hope that He is at work in you? What healthy habits can you adapt so that God’s work in you happens unhindered?
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