A Biblical Understanding of Disicpleship and Growth

Posted: July 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

This is the last post in connection with our Family Worship Guides.  I pray that churches will make sure to provide resources such as this (hopefully better ones than we created) to admonish families to redeem the time they have to talk about the faith. 

BE TOGETHER 

Question:  Look outside!  What things are growing around the house?  Plants?  Weeds?  Trees?   

Question:  What are some things that we wish would not grow?

 THINK TOGETHER 

My son is almost 18 months old at the time of writing this.  In the last year and a half we have seen him grow in a variety of ways.  We have seen him go from scooting across the floor, to crawling, to flat out running.  He is learning sign language, recognizing people more quickly, and even learning what behaviors are allowed and those that are not.  He is growing up so quickly!

Over the last several weeks we have discussed the contents of the gospel, our need to be changed by the gospel (conversion), and our need to share the gospel (evangelism).  This week we want to talk about what happens after we have been changed, or converted, by the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Much like my son being born physically and subsequently starting to grow in magnificent ways, so we, after being born-again through faith in Christ, should start to grow in our spiritual lives (2 Peter 3:18). This life-long process is known as discipleship.

You may be thinking to yourself, “But how do I grow in my faith?”  Most Christians would probably say they desire to grow in their faith but are not exactly sure how.  Let me give a few examples of ways we can grow in the faith.  (1)  Sit under good preaching!  This means attend church regularly and listen intently to what God is saying through the preacher.  (2)  Engage in private Bible Study and Prayer.  We should let the Bible guide us as we pray. (3)  Attend a Sunday School class.  In this context we find that God uses others to help us grow in our walk with Him. (4)  Read good Christian books.  Take advantage of the wisdom of others whom God has gifted. 

Question:  Paul tells the Corinthian church that it is “God” who gives the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)  Yet, in 2 Peter 3:18 (and other places) we are given the imperative to “grow.”  Besides the four ways listed above, what are other ways that we can “grow” in our  faith? 

GO TOGETHER 

Question:   Simply sharing the gospel is not all we are called to do.  According to the Great Commission, what else should we be doing?  (Matthew 28:18-20) 

Question:  Identify some areas of growth that you need to focus on in your life.  How will you grow in these areas over the next few weeks, months, or year?

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