"I am the vine; you are the branches." (John 15:5)

Christian Growth

I’ve been reading the book titled Move. It discusses a survey of more than 1,000 churches and 250,000 Christians. The book is about how Christians move the various stages of faith. It talks about a lot of different expectations and measures, but several themes quickly emerge:

1.  People want to know more about the Bible. Knowledge and understanding of scripture is critical to growth and maturity. People look to the church to lead them in this effort through teaching and Bible Study.

2.  People want a better personal relationship with Jesus and they look to the church to help them achieve this as well. They want leaders who model a strong personal relationship in their lives and who can help them achieve a better relationship themselves.

3.  The most catalytic experience for believers is serving the community alongside other Christians. If we want people to grow, we need to be willing to come beside them and serve together.

It made me wonder about a couple of things. Am I talking about the Bible enough? What am I doing to model a healthy personal relationship with Jesus? Do we serve together enough?

Growth doesn’t happen naturally – decline does. Are you deliberately making efforts to help people in your group grow?


April 6, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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