GROWING IN CHRIST

BY:  SADHU SUNDAR SINGH

FELLOWSHIP

BIBLE STUDY

PRAYER

WITNESSING

The Bible speaks of new Christians as “babes in Christ.” It also clearly teaches that it is not the will of God for Christians to stay in a state of spiritual infancy but to experience spiritual development.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18)

FELLOWSHIP

GROW by meeting with other Christians – that is fellowship

Regularly attend a Bible-believing and born-again Christian church/fellowship:

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit…  And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:13, 26-27)

“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ”

“…if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)

“And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against any one; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you; with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:12-17)

BIBLE STUDY

GROW by allowing Him to talk to you – that is Bible study

(Read the New Testament first, beginning with John’s Gospel)

“…like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. (1 Peter 2:2)

“It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

“Thy word I have treasured in my heart that I may not sin against Thee…  Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:11, 105)

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

“…let the one who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches. (Galatians 6:6)

PRAYER

GROW by talking to Him – that is prayer

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them; and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27-28)

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me…If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:4, 7)

“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:15-16)

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:16)

WITNESSING

GROW by talking about Him to others – that is witnessing

“Every one therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32)

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary…” (Psalm 107:1-2)

“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations…” (Luke 24:46-47)

“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ…” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

“…sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to every one who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and respect; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (1 Peter 3:15-16)

 

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