John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. NIV
Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another. NIV
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. NIV
Ephesians 3:16 – I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. NIV
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. NIV
This type of spiritual friendship is the idea behind Thrive 316. Two or more friends regularly meet together to discuss the Bible and encourage one another. You can practice Thrive 316 with someone from your church, a family member, neighbor, co-worker, or anyone with whom you feel comfortable. You may decide to include several people and form a Thrive 316 group. It’s up to you! What matters is that you are growing along with others towards Christ and Christlikeness.
The Bible repeatedly expresses the value of authentic and intentional spiritual community.
Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. NIV
Romans 15:14 – I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another. NIV
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. NIV
We all need this kind of Christian community and friendship. The problem is that the pace and demands of our modern lives make it difficult to find. This is where Thrive 316 comes in.
Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. NIV
2 Corinthians 3:18 – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. NIV
Ephesians 4:24 – Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. NIV
Matthew 6:33 – Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. NIV
Explanation – gives an overview of the doctrine, virtue, or practice
Key Scriptures – for reference, discussion, memorization, and reflection
Discussion Guides – questions to explore and understand insightful Bibles passages
Recommended Reading – book suggestions to delve deeper into a doctrine, virtue, or practice
Growing Exercises – activities to gain an experiential understanding of the doctrine, virtue, or practice
- Spiritual Assessments – to help you target key growth areas
- Getting Started – strategies for individuals, friends, mentors and groups to approach Thrive 316
- My Dashboard – to help you set goals, monitor progress, encourage, and keep you on track
- Coaches Guide – for a deeper understanding of Christian spirituality, discipleship, and coaching
- Helpful Indexes – for easy reference by scripture, subject, or pre-designed study plans
- Suggestions – for submitting ideas or suggestions regarding current or possible questions and topics
- Self Study – how to study topics not covered by Thrive 316
- Our Questions – for an understanding of how inductive Bible study questions work
It’s easy to get started. Ask yourself, ‘What is going on in your life,’ and ‘who are you sharing life with.’ Are you feeling particularly envious lately? Call a friend, open up Thrive 316, and go through a study on Generosity. Never really grasped what the “Kingdom of God” is all about? Look it up and hash through it with a friend. Loved scratching the surface of the Deity of God in Thrive 316. Look under the Recommended Readings and run to Barnes and Noble. It’s that easy. Getting started is simple. You can use the indexes to dive right in, or take the assessments to give more focused direction. We recommend friends alternating choosing the studies and leading the discussion. Yet, it’s up to you. You can approach it however you wish. That’s the beauty of Thrive 316. So choose a quiet and relaxing place to meet, agree on a good time, and just go for it.
There are 3 easy steps to starting Thrive 316 with a friend
Step 1 is Find a Friend – Growing spiritually works best with encouragement and support. Find someone willing to go through Thrive 316 with you: a spouse, friend, neighbor, or co-worker. Pick a favorite spot and pick a time that best works for you.
Step 2 is Explore Thrive 316 – Check out the various doctrines, virtues and practices. Check out the Discussion Guides and Indexes. Take the Assessments. Sign up for My Dashboard and plug in your scores. See if you wish to follow a plan or kind of free wheel it.
Step 3 is Meet and Grow – We recommend starting with the assessments. Plug them into My Dashboard to suggest Discussion Guides for you. You can also find Discussion Guides using the indexes. Use the other resources as you grow and want to learn more.
Try to stick to the text to answer questions. There is always a delicate balance between exploring legitimate issues and chasing rabbits… or even descending into general conversation. If you stay sensitive to this issue, you can usually stay on track and make your time fruitful.
Think of the questions as talking points for discussion rather than definitive questions requiring specific answers. While the text provides most of the answers, talking through the text enables participants to explore the text together and experience discovery, collaboration, and understanding. There is often a building and momentum of insight. Remember, while a text may contain singular truth, it may also contain many insights and applications.