6 Places of Spiritual Growth

There are a number of methods in which we can grow spiritually.  Here are six ways:

1) Personal Devotions.  Your daily time in Scripture reading, Bible study, prayer and worship is vitally important. Your personal devotions (1) is your daily spiritual nourishment, (2) is your daily communication with God, and (3) helps you learn and experience spiritual growth.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”    –1 Peter 3:18

Question: Why are devotions so important to your spiritual life?

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?  -Luke 9:23-25

Question: A key word in Luke 9, 23-25 is “daily.”  What does it mean to you to “pick up your cross,” and why did Jesus this must be done “daily”?

2) Church Worship. When the people of God come together and worship together there is a special dynamic that takes place. Together, we experience the presence of God. We serve. We are taught the Word of God. We fellowship. We pray. We grow. When you are faithful in lifting up the Lord in worship on a consistent basis. The direction for your spiritual life always goes up as well.

Question: Jesus Himself built the church (Matthew 16:18). Why do some Christ followers place little value in the church?

3) Small Group Discipleship (Connect Groups). There is a special dynamic that takes place in a small group. There is connecting, fellowshipping, loving, studying, interacting, praying and much more. Jesus knew the importance of this so much that He formed a connect group (the twelve disciples) and for 3 years, they grew together in the faith.

Question: Why do you believe Jesus spent most of his time with 12 men rather than the multitudes of people?

Question: What value do small groups have when we are studying the Word of God together?

4) Trials and Tribulations. Most of us would rather not grow in this manner, but we do. Every challenge, every heartache, every painful circumstance serves to teach you lessons and help you grow in your spiritual life. Whenever I find myself in a troubled situation, I always step back and ask myself, “What is God teaching me through this?” Look at these passages that help us understand these principles.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”  –1 Peter 5:10

 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” –James 1:12

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.”  –Romans 5:3, 4

 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”   –Romans 8:28

 “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  –1 Peter 1:6, 7

 

“God will test you because He wants you to be mature. He wants you to develop a walk with Him that is not based on your fluctuating emotions, but on your commitment to Him as you learn to walk by faith.” -Greg Laurie

 

Question: Look back on 2 trials that you faced in the last 3 years or so. How did you deal with it? What lessons did you learn?  Can you look back on those trials today and see how you have grown because of them? 

5) Victories in Life. Just like we learn from the trials and challenges of life, we also learn from the victories. A championship team knows the hard work it took to get them there and are always willing to keep doing those disciplines that got them to the top. God takes us from glory to glory and victory to victory.

“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”  –1 John 5:3, 4

Question: Think back on a recent victory in life. Did you thank the Lord for it? What did you learn from it?  How did your spiritual life grow because of it?

6) Ministry. In my opinion, ministry is the “forgotten” aspect of spiritual growth and maturity. Many believers don’t always connect the dots between ministry and maturity. For that reason, the focal point of To Another Level is the Ephesians 4 model for Spiritual Growth.

Ephesians 4:11-16  . . .

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Read through these Ephesians 4 scripture above. Underline or highlight every word that references spiritual growth/maturity and how we can achieve it.

To Another Level Lesson: Ministry is the pathway to maturity

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Pastor Randy Garcia

Lead Pastor

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