How to Grow Spiritually

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  • You are now a new creature in Christ. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are new (2 Corinthians 5:17).  

God has made you a new person. All the old things, mistakes, and sins of the past are gone and wiped away. God sees you as a brand new person. Your spirit has been made alive unto God. You are like a newborn babe. When a baby is first born, he has never had a chance to sin.

  • You have been forgiven of every sin you have ever committed in the past.

 

Hebrews 10:17 – And their sins and iniquities WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE.

You no longer have to feel guilty about any wrong or any sins you’ve done in the past. God not only forgives them, but He forgets them.

  • God’s Spirit (Holy Spirit) now dwells inside you.

 

Romans 8:9 – But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of God, he is none of his.

  • Share with them what they should do now.

 

If I sin in the future, what should I do?

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

      If/when you make a mistake or commit a sin or some unrighteousness, you are to confess or
acknowledge to God that you know you have sinned, ask Him to forgive you, repent, and then
accept the Father’s forgiveness.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby... (1 Peter 2:2)

How do new converts, believers, and members grow and mature as Christians?

Spiritual growth can be paralleled to physical growth. As babies, we drink milk. As we grow older and stronger, we develop the ability to handle meat.

When babies first begin to walk, they take a few steps and then fall down. They get up, take a few more steps, then fall down again. At some point, strength kicks in, and the baby is able to walk without help and without falling again.

The Christian life is the same way. When we are first born again, we are babes in Christ                   (1 Corinthians 3:1). As babes, we fall spiritually (or sin), we ask God to forgive us, and we get up again. We fall again and sin, then we ask for forgiveness and get up again.

We receive our spiritual food, the Word of God, and become stronger spiritually. We grow and mature; as a result, we do not fall as often as we once did. The following steps will help you grow as a Christian.

  • BAPTISM

 

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark 16:16).

The first act of new believers is to demonstrate their identity with Christ through baptism.                When we are baptized, we outwardly show the world that we identify with His death, burial and resurrection.  It is the Christians’ initiation into Christ.  Find a church where you can be baptized.

  • CHURCH WORSHIP ATTENDANCE

Why is Local Church Membership Important?       

As a Christian, fellowship with other believers is essential to our spiritual growth                        (Hebrews 10:25). We should not be isolated from the rest of the Body of Christ, but we should share our gifts and wisdom so others can benefit (1 Corinthians 12:7).

Worshipping together unites our voices and hearts in praise to experience God’s abiding presence. Hearing the Word of God feeds our spirits and gives us life and growth. We learn the ways, will, plans and purposes of God. Praying together encourages us to share our burdens. Listening to others’ testimonies strengthens our faith (Mark 5:19). Finally, accountability for our lives prevents us from going astray.

A. We are blessed by being under God’s authority.

      To have God’s approval for the part of His kingdom we are called to do, it is important that
we have the authority of the church to prove, ordain and sanction our ministries. 

If ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s who shall give you that which is your own (Luke 16:12).

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you (Hebrews 13:17).

 B. We must be planted in the house of the Lord so we can flourish.

Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts  of our God (Psalm 92:13).

We can only flourish where we have been planted. We cannot run from place to place and
become spiritually strong.

     C. In order to be rooted in a church, we must hear God’s voice about where He wants
          us to be.

But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him (1 Corinthians 12:18).

The term “set” indicates that God places, appoints, ordains, purposes, establishes, plants
andor settles each believer in a certain place based upon His purposes and plans. This means that we cannot attend any church we want to attend.

We should never leave our churches out of offense or encouragement of others. We should only leave a church when God specifically tells us to do so.

            D. We must establish a daily prayer life.

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint... (Luke 18:1)

1. Pray about 15 minutes a day before beginning your work.Add 15 minutes more every
month until you make it to an hour.

And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?                    (Matthew 26:40)

2. See the lesson herein.

           3. Purchase Apostle Williams’ prayer book entitled The Lord’s Daily Prayer Guideat the
church’s bookstore.

     E. The Word of God must become a priority in our lives.

            1. See the lesson herein.

            2.  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected                               knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing
                  thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children
(Hosea 4:6).

            3. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

         F.  We must be baptized or filled with the Holy Spirit. 

                This is God’s power source to help us overcome Satan and be used in ministry. We need the
power of God to heal the sick and cast out demons.

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high                (Luke 24:49).

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence (Acts 1:5).

         G. We must learn how to walk by faith.

                         For we walk by faith, not by sight... (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Faith is the key to believing God for what we need. God’s Word gives us promises for
everything we need in life. Everything we will ever receive from God from this moment
forward will require faith (Hebrews 11:1).

     H. We must be equipped for ministry.

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting                 of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ... (Ephesians 4:11-12)

             All believers are called to be equipped and trained to do the work of the ministry. Jesus said,
“These signs will follow those who believe,” not just those who are preachers
(Mark 16:17). WOOMC equips believers for ministry.

      I. We must find our place to serve in the Body of Christ.

             Our real attitude toward Christ Jesus is seen by our attitude toward His body, the church
(1 John 4:20). A life of service for God is the most fulfilling life there is, because we are
created by God to serve Him.

There are a number of attitudes today that hinder or stop a free-flowing spirit of service.

  • An unwillingness to accept a role that appears to be less important, or a role that is in submission to another
  • A desire to dominate or lead, when there is neither the ability nor the calling to do so
  • An unwillingness to accept discipline or responsibility
  • Reluctance to accept menial tasks, because service is seen only in terms of what is rewarding or pleasant. Many people think certain tasks are below their dignity.

 

 An attitude of humility of service, which Jesus so clearly exemplified, must be central in a
life that is called to leadership.

We should never compare or rate ministries, or indeed any service for God. God never does.
He does not hold one ministry above another.  To Him, they are all important. He is the one who gives the ministry or service in the first place. He only seeks useable vessels that will be faithful to do what He has willed.

The ministry of helps (Romans 12:3-8) is to help the ministry by supporting the pastor with practical service. There is an abundance of areas for service in the local church and areas where the ministry of helps is needed.  If you are interested in joining a helps ministry, or our Destiny Teams, please call 901-844-3000 for more information.

 J. Giving

Giving to God through tithes and offerings is our connection to the covenant of promises.
Our giving to God honors Him and proves that He is priority to us.

And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them,              of whom it is witnessed that he liveth (Hebrews 7:8).

K. Witnessing (Sharing Our Faith)

            Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy             friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee,
            and hath had compassion on thee (Mark 5:19).

 We get more of Jesus when we give Jesus to others. We are called to be witnesses to our
family, neighbors, strangers, friends, and acquaintances. We are called to always be ready to
give a reason for our hope in Christ. We feel His presence more when we share Christ with  
others.
Group Exercise

Of the areas listed above, which one do you feel is priority to your spiritual             growth? Why?