Spiritual Growth

Being disciples. Making disciples.

No one comes to God on their own but is drawn by the Holy Spirit (John 6:44). A person is saved by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation is expressed by repenting of sins and believing in Jesus for salvation. A person is then identified with Jesus through the act of baptism not as a means of salvation but as a response to salvation (Acts 2:38). They continue in growth by receiving sound Biblical teaching and through the community of believers (Acts 2:41-47).

 

Next Steps

NEXT STEPS: The Process of Spiritual Growth

Step 1: Into Curiosity

 

Head: The gospel story

Heart: Attraction to Jesus

Hands: Looking in the Bible, asking questions, attending a worship gathering

 

Tools:

The Biggest Question DVD

Reading the Bible one-to-one

Christianity Explored Bible study

Step 2: The decision to follow Christ: Trusting in Jesus alone for salvation

Head: Knowing the truth and valuing the Bible

Heart: Wonder, excitement, and gratitude for saving grace

Hands: Turning from known destructive sin, be baptized, join church, love and serve others

 

Tools:

New Believers Workbook

Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

Step 3: From casual to committed disciple

Head: Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, learn spiritual gifts and spiritual disciplines

Heart: Desire to obey. Growing love for God and hatred for sin.

Hands: Learning and practicing the habits of grace (spiritual disciplines)

 

Tools: The Disciples Path

Habits of Grace by David Mathis

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

 

 

Step 4: From growing disciple to disciple-maker

Head: Understanding that your life is a model for others, learning how to help others grow

Heart: Love for lost people, enjoying seeing others learn new things, energized by prayer, worship, and God’s Word

Hands: Giving generously and sacrificially, leads by serving, uses spiritual gifts to build the Body of Christ.

 

Tools:

Discipleship Essentials

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Multiply by Francis Chan

 

 

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