When someone becomes a Christian they have obtained an everlasting standing before God through Jesus, and it is amazing.  However, it doesn’t give us freedom to coast through life.  God intends for His people to grow spiritually.  This means we should expect that God has regular plans to stretch us, forming us into people we never thought possible.  The means of God’s stretching are many, but as a general rule we should not be surprised when we experience the stretching hand of God.  Therefore, we desire CrossWay to be a place where people resist temptations to drift, and where they expect and embrace the stretching God brings our way. (2 Tim. 1:5-7; Phil. 1:27-30; 1 Pet. 4:12-19)

  • What are two things that tempt you to coast in the Christian life?
  • Describe a time when you experienced God’s stretching hand.  What did you learn about God and about yourself during that time?
  • In what way do you believe God may be intending to stretch you during this season?  What does it look like for you to embrace this?