“Tending the Fire”
2 Timothy 1:6-7a
1. When your hope is waning, remember:
- God has given His Spirit to you
- The Spirit has lit a fire in you
- Fan that fire into flame
2. When your fire is:
- blazing …feed it
fuel of God’s Word
oxygen of God’s Spirit
heat of God’s people
- fading …stoke it
evaluate what’s missing
provide what’s missing
- dying …revive it
repent of neglecting the fire
remove what’s quenching the Spirit
rekindle the fire
The Holy Spirit lights the fire within us but we must tend the fire within us.
LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Your Life
1. Rate yourself on the “pyro scale.” (Referring to fires in a firepit or fireplace.)
a. 0: I am afraid of fire and don’t want to have anything to do with it.
b. 1-2: Not interested in fires; see them as somewhat dangerous.
c. 3-5: Meh.
d. 6-8: I really enjoy a nice fire, but I’d rather have someone else start/maintain them.
e. 9-10: I love fires: making them, stoking them, enjoying them, playing with them.
2. Name an area of your life that you have seen a level of success (weight loss, business, marriage, parenting etc.). What were some key steps you took to “fan the flame” in that area?
3. Which of the three words used to describe the fire in a person’s life best describes you: blazing, fading, dying? What are some of the causes of the flame of faith to begin to fade in a person’s life?
4. Suggest ways and means by which we can fan the flame of faith when it is fading or dying.
5. What areas of God’s grace have others affirmed in you? Do you know the spiritual gift(s) that God has given you? How are you using them?
6. Paul reminded Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God. Who is someone that you remind (encourage) to stay on fire in their walk with Jesus? What has been their response?
7. The idea of fanning a flame is motion, activity. As we have moved through our discipleship series in what way has reading/studying the Word moved you to action? Be specific.
Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Spirit-led Servant/Living Surrendered