Grow Character
Sun, Sep 03, 2017 Part 3 of series The Next Step Life, 1 Peter 2:1-3<br /> Dr Clay Smith<br /> Alice Drive Baptist Church<br /> 2017-09-03       Series: Next Step Life    Teacher: Dr. Clay Smith




Goal:  Identify your next step of Growing Character.


Would you please share what it was like for you to take a next step this past week?


Grow Character:


Read 1 Peter 2:1-3

  • Growing Character means getting rid of certain behaviors, and craving what is good for you.  Tell about a time when you were able to stop a behavior and crave something better.  What helped you make the change?



Heal Hurts


Read Isaiah 53:5


This prophecy about Jesus declares healing comes to us through Jesus’ wounds.  This occurs because of the purity     of Jesus.  He offered himself as a sacrifice to break the  power of sin once and for all. 


  • Naming your hurt is a powerful step toward healing.  Write down a few of the hurts you have.


  • Sharing your hurt out-loud helps healing. Your next step may be to share your hurt out loud.  If you feel comfortable, please share one hurt in your life you need to bring to Jesus so he can heal it.




Read 1 Timothy 4:7


  • This passage speaks of godless myths and old wives’ tales.  These are false beliefs people hold on to, thinking the belief will improve their lives.  What myths and tales do people believe today that harm them instead of help them?


  • Training is repetitive action.  Two basic spiritual skills are essential: prayer and study.  Which of these two needs your focus right now?


  • If a person’s next step was to decide for Jesus, what would you instruct them to do?



Specific Training


  • If you need to say “no” – Fast
  • If you need to be still – Meditate
  • If you are tired – Rest
  • If your life is cluttered – Simplify
  • If your life is too crowded – Solitude
  • If you are dominating – Submit
  • If your life is drudgery – Celebrate


Which of these is your next step?  Circle one.


Results of Healing and Training: Fruit of the Spirit


Read Galatians 5:22-23


Check your fruit:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Generosity
  • Gentleness
  • Faithfulness
  • Self-Control


What’s missing in your life?  Circle no more than two.


Is your next step to ask God for this fruit in your life and to select a training program to help grow that fruit?


Your Next Step:


It will help the group tremendously if everyone answers these questions:


  • What’s your next step to Grow Character?  Is it:


  • Heal Hurts?


  • Train?  What training specifically?


  • Check your Spiritual Fruit?



  • What’s your next, next step?


  • Talk to a counselor?


  • Forgive someone?


  • Practice a specific spiritual discipline?


Would you be willing to report back to the group next week what happened when you took your next step?

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