The vision of Cornerstone Chapel is Love. Grow. Serve. Give. There are several ways to grow including growing in faith, growing in grace and growing in the Word. It was the Apostle Peter that wrote...
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
The Word of God (Bible) will help us grow as Christians. This growth is necessary if we are to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. It will be our fruits that reveal our relationship with Jesus Christ.
It was Jesus that said, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
According to Wikipedia, "A fruit results from maturation of one or more flowers." The "fruit" that Jesus spoke of is what others see in us. Our choices are simple, do we want to display "good fruit" or "evil fruit"? Good fruit is a result of sanctification or a maturing process as a disciple. The Gospel of John records Jesus saying, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
Our efforts to mature and grow in the Word must be intentional. It requires being in the Word through personal study, corporate Bible study and the preached Word of God. Last week, I spent the week at the General Conference of the United Pentecostal Church, Int. It was blessing to spend the mornings in seminars on prayer, revival and servant leadership from proven leaders. We should look for opportunities to grow in the Word.
It was Paul writing to Timothy that said...
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.
...and Jesus said:
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
We must ask ourselves if the fruit that we are bearing reveals a mature disciple and are you still growing in the Word. It will be the scripture that will help you make it to heaven.