“Often times we do what we do because…well…because we have done them. In a recent PBS documentary, a survivor of the holocaust talks about when he was separated from his parents…the last words from his father were “do not forget our tradition.” It wasn’t do not forget our God or our religion…it was do not forget our TRADITION!....Often times traditions become more important than God. Perhaps in order to grow spiritually we need a tradition amputation…the death of an old limb…like pruning a tree…in order to grow rather than become complacently traditional.” --Falvo Fowler
Scriptural Basis: Matt. 6:9–13; Luke 9:23, 24; John 3:1–15; 15:4–10; 2 Cor. 5:17.
Key Text: “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ ” (John 3:3, NKJV).
1. What does it mean that it is only by dying that we may truly live?
2. In Jesus dialogue with Nicodemus (John 3:1–15), how did Jesus explain what it meant to be born again?
3. What does it mean to abide continuously in Christ?
4. How can the different parts of the Lord’s Prayer help us to grow in Christ?
5. How do healthy spiritual relationships contribute to our spiritual growth?
6. What does it mean in everyday terms to “die to self”?