does it mean to grow in Christ?
there a relationship between personal growth and
up a chart On one side list some ways you have grown
personally in the last few years on the other side list
some of the ways you have grown spiritually in the last
few years. Which
side is longer? If
it is the spiritual side then you are on the right
track. If you have grown more personally then you need
to focus more on your spiritual growth.
Don’t get me wrong it is ok to have personal
growth, but if your personal growth interferes with your
spiritual growth you need to make some adjustments so
that you spiritually grow in your relationship with
of it this way.
When two people meet and become friends they
learn as much about each other as possible.
As the years go by there is more sharing and a
greater bond develops.
These are the friendships that last a lifetime.
the other hand there are those people who come into your
life and you stay friends with for a few seasons, never
really getting close.
After awhile you drift apart and you each go your
type of friend is Christ to you?
I would hope the first one, which means you are
always seeking to grow closer to Christ and looking
forward to the day when you will stand side by side with
your best friend.
in Christ – How is it done?
– Read Hebrews 11:1 - What does this verse say about
a look at these other Bible verses that talk about faith
– Read 2 Peter 3:18 – What does it mean to grow in
“grace and knowledge” and what does it have to do
with spiritual growth
– Read Romans 5:1 and Ephesians 1:5-6.
these two questions
you believe God has fully accepted you?
you feel he has accepted you, upon what basis?
Read the following verses, Romans 8:28-29 then answer
is my purpose?
you know your purpose you are on your way to spiritual
Completeness – In whom or what are you made complete?
What makes you feel like you are
the time to write down what you makes you complete.
Now read Colossians 2:9-10
With who are we truly made
Without God and the work of Jesus
Christ on the cross we are like an incomplete home, not
useful for anyone to live in.
Through Help – it is time to
ask God where we can help instead of asking God for help
As immature Christians we see
Jesus as just our helper, which He is, but as time
passes and we grow we see Jesus as our life itself.
Read what Paul says in
What does this verse say to you
Read Philippians 4:13
Who does this verse say is at the
center of everything we do?
You can see from these verses
that our life is tied to Jesus and to get closer to Him
we must grow spiritually through the faith and knowledge
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What about you Spiritual Growth?
How have you grown spiritually in
the last year?
What is a stumbling block to you
Name one area you would like to
grow spiritually in the next year?
Pray to God for His guidance in
your spiritual growth.
Remember this is not an
exhaustive list of way you that you can grow
cam also grow:
Through Continuance in your life as
not waver or fall off the narrow path.
Through denial of self
And the list goes on and on
As Christians the Bible says we
must grow from drinking milk,(just accepting
Christ as our Savior), to eating the solid food of His
Take the time now between lessons
to read the book Growing into Christ Likeness by J. I
book deals with how we need to be wary of unhealthy
First we need to be wary of
putting too much passion in learning doctrine and
theology and not in sharing the love of God with others
Second we need to be wary of the
other extreme of thinking that Christianity is nothing
more than churned up emotions and there is no need to
learn that doctrine stuff
Third we need to be wary of being
the Christian who has little time for doctrine, little
time to get caught up in all that emotion stuff because
they involved in so many world changing task that it
takes up all their time so they get very little doctrine
or enjoyment from true spiritual growth.
Spiritual growth must be uniform
in all areas and we must always be careful to keep a
balance of studying God’s word, getting closer to God
and doing His work.
Model your growth after Jesus who
always took time to study God’s word, pray to God for
guidance, disciple others and even allowed time for rest