Monday, August 08 2016
There is a tremendous amount written on the concept of "growth". I started to listen to podcasts on a regular basis when I read an article on five ways to grow in 2015. Things that do not grow will die. We need to grow as people, in our relationships and in our Christian walk. As a Christian, we cannot be isolated and expect to survive. We need the church and each other to grow. Solomon wrote:
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
So, how do we grow as a Christian? Here are five ways to grow as a Christian.
1. Attend church
How important is church attendance? Well, the writer of Hebrews wrote:
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is ; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
We need to worship together.
2. Small group or church Bible study
A church must be a unified body. They must understand the Bible and be heading in the same direction. Corporate Bible studies allow the pastor to raise the whole ship as a church body. Church - wide Bible studies are a time that doctrines are taught and the Christian maturation process or sanctification is solidified in the Christian.
3. Corporate Prayer
The Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost was poured out in Acts 2 during a prayer meeting. Peter was delivered from the jail during a prayer meeting. Church prayer meetings are not old fashioned, but a necessary part of our Christian walk. When the church comes together to pray, the miraculous happens. The Bible says:
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
4. Personal Prayer
A relationship is grounded in communication. Therefore, our prayer life is necessary to maintain a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
A Christian must have a personal prayer life. Praying in the car, waiting for church or even family devotions do not replace a personal prayer closet. It is necessary to set time aside everyday to have a time of prayer.
5. Personal Bible study
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The Word of God is our guide to heaven. It is the very words of God to His people. We need to know the word so that we can live a life that is obedient and pleasing to God.