"Mine" Series (Week 2)

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SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 13:20 NIV
Proverbs 27:17 NIV
1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV

TEACHING OUTLINE

Did any of y’all share a room with a sibling growing up? Or share a room with a sibling today?

Last week we talked about how part of growing up is developing a personal faith that you can call “mine.” Today, we’re going to talk about something else that leads to a mature faith. Experiencing faith FOR yourself isn’t the same as experiencing faith BY yourself.

I have a faith of my own, but these people will always be major characters in my journey!

Whenever you hear a story about someone’s journey toward God, you always hear about a relationship—not just with God, but with another person.

To put it simply, the people around us affect our faith.

Just like the right people can move our faith in the right direction, the wrong people can move our faith in the wrong direction.

I want to start by sharing an ancient piece of wisdom with you. In Jewish culture, those sayings were collected into a book we now call Proverbs. Hang out with the wise and you’ll become smarter—and do life better. Hang out with fools, and you’ll get hurt. The apostle Paul talked about a similar idea when he wrote to the church in Corinth.

Here’s what Paul’s basically saying: If you want to move in a better direction, hang out with people who want the same thing. That’s why, even though Jesus calls us to love everybody, we don’t have to hang out with everybody. This is true wisdom when it comes to the people around us: Stronger friends make us stronger.

If you want a faith of your own, you can’t build it alone.

That’s why small groups are such a big deal. One of the best things you can do for your life and your faith this week is simply engage in small group. Show up . . .

1. Mentally.
2. For some one-on-one attention.
3. To encourage someone else.

If we want a faith of our own, one of the biggest decisions we’ll make is who plays a major role in our lives. As you head out today, I want you to think about the relationships that draw you closer to God.