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#2: Passing It On

I often hear about how a mark of spiritual maturity is about developing the Fruit of the Spirit and expressing love for God and love for people in our lives. And it is! But this week I came upon this verse:

I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them.

– Romans 15:14 (NLT)

Here are some believers who are so mature that they are full of goodness. But they don’t just keep it to themselves. They pass it onto others.

Jesus’ Great Commission was about going out and making disciples. His intent all along has been for us to pass on the truth we learn about Him. It’s actually a huge catalyst to spiritual growth because when we have to teach others, we are highly motivated to make sure we know what we’re teaching!

So, the challenge this week is to think about ways you can stretch yourself to teach someone else what you have learned.

I read somewhere that the best way to really embed some newly acquired information is to tell someone else about it fairly soon after you hear it. Tell someone else about what you learned from this past weekend’s sermon. What text was used? What were the points? What stood out to you? If the sermon just didn’t hit you this week (because let’s face it, there are weeks like that!), was there something you read in the Bible or in a book or heard in a podcast that you could tell someone else about?

Volunteer to lead your small group discussion next week. Take time to study the material and make sure you feel you have done your best in preparing for the discussion.

If your church has opportunities to teach, contact whoever is in charge of coordinating these opportunities and suggest a few topics you could teach. If your church does not have such opportunities, check to see if there might be a smaller venue opportunity to teach — perhaps children’s ministry, or a larger community group that might want to preface their discussion with some teaching.

What’s the next step for you this week in passing on what God’s teaching you?

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