How do I grow?

Recently I was asked what someone can do to grow as a Christian.  My reply was surprising because it’s not the usual evangelical response (pray, read your Bible, etc.).  I do believe prayer and Bible study are important for spiritual growth and no one is doing practicing enough of it.  However there are certain things Jesus and Paul said about spiritual growth that we usually neglect.

  1. Worship weekly – Heb. 10.  One verse in this chapter is usually beaten to death with regards to church attendance (v. 25).  But we miss the rest of what the author is saying.  Worshiping the living Christ is an honor and privilege.  Hebrews 10 is the application of the prior portion of the book, saying that because Jesus has opened the presence of God to us we should enter in.  This is a gift of God’s grace, grace that we need for living our Christian lives.  One of the purposes of coming together is to exhort one another (v. 24).  When we worship with others you will be strengthened.  If we are obediently following the command to exhort one another we will forge bonds of fellowship that will withstand fierce persecution (vv. 32-34).  It will also cause us to think twice about forgetting our faith when times of trial come (vv. 35-39).
  2. Take communion – John 6:51-58.  This is one of those things that isn’t easily explained.  Many of us don’t take communion but every quarter, every six months, or even every year.  Jesus said that His flesh is meat indeed and His blood is drink indeed (v. 55).  If we only ate yearly, we would be starved.  Jesus said if we didn’t eat His flesh and drink His blood we have no life in us (v. 53).  This is one of the ways we profess that we are believers, by the fact that we eat with Him (v. 56-57).  If this sounds odd to our ears it’s because we are deficient in our theology of the Lord’s Supper.  This is what Jesus said.  Paul said in I Corinthians 10:17 that in eating we are united into Christ, the one loaf through the Supper.  Eating is necessary for growth, so don’t neglect the Supper when it’s served at your church.

Wine and the Gospel

John 2:1-11

Of all the miracles Jesus could perform, He began His ministry with this one.  Not healing the sick, casting out demons, or feeding a starving crowd, but changing dirty water into wine at a party.  There was no need here except to protect the groom from great embarrassment.  You could argue that this was the least necessary of all the miracles He performed, but no matter what we think, it can’t be argued that the first thing Jesus did. 

First let’s look at the setting: a wedding. 

  • This was not like our modern weddings; these were great (more…)

Passage for Meditation

Passage for Meditation

John 13:34-15, A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Questions for reflection:

  1. How has Christ loved us?
  2. What does it look like for God’s children to love one another as Christ has loved them?
  3. How does loving one another manifest that we are Christ’s disciples?
  4. Why do you think He made loving one another as He loved us the mark of being His disciple rather than a particular doctrinal standard?
  5. Do you display love to members of the body just as Christ has displayed His love to you?

Here are the links for the sermons:

Walking in the Light – Bro. Matt                       http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=61410032290

Surprising Kingdom Strategies – Bro. Mike  http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=61410038111