Foundation 2 – Spiritual Growth

1 Peter 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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

The moment someone gets saved they begin their spiritual journey; they are new born babes in Christ and now must grow.  Just as a baby must have nourishment in order to grow, a believer must have spiritual nourishment.  A believer that does not grow is going to be a babe in Christ, and will be a carnal believer.  He/she will struggle with some of the same things a lost person will struggle with.  They will not have victory as a believer and frustration will be a way of life.  If someone wants to get the most out of their spiritual life they must grow.

The first thing a new believer must do is to read his Bible.  There will be a lot that they do not understand, but through time and spiritual growth, they will learn God’s Word. There are several things God’s Word will do to help us in our spiritual journey:

  • It will help us to not sin (Psalms 119:9 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word”).
  • It will guide us in life (Psalms 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”).
  • It will comfort us in time of stress and sorrow (Psalms 119:50 “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me”).
  • It will teach us who God is, and what He requires of us (“Psalms 119:73 “Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments”).
  • It gives us peace (Psalms 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them”).
  • It brings blessings (Psalms 119:1, 2 “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart”).
  • It brings success (Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”).
  • It will give us faith (Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”).
  • It gives us strength (Psalms 119:2 “My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word”).
  • It will give us true riches (Psalms 119: 72 “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver”).
  • It gives us wisdom (Psalms 119: 98 “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me”).
  • It will dismantle the lies of the devil (Psalms 119: 104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way”)

 

A Christian will not grow without reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God!

The next thing a believer must do is begin a prayer life.  Thanking God for saving their soul is something that ought to be done on a regular basis, along with asking for forgiveness, praying for friends and loved ones, asking God to supply our needs, and asking God for help in living the Christian life.  A good prayer life is essential in spiritual growth.  As Christians, we can pray to God any time, but we should also have a specific time to pray daily.  It is a good idea to develop a prayer list, a specific time and a specific place to pray — Mornings are best!  This ought to be done at the same time that you read you Bible; either before or after.

  • Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
  • James 5:16“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
  • 1 Peter 4:7“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

The third step for a new Christian is baptism.  Baptism is a identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is showing the world what you already did in your heart.  The Bible says in Acts 2:1 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”  In the Bible, true baptism was done after someone got saved and it was done by going down into the water and coming up out of the water.  It symbolizes what Jesus did and the fact that our old nature is dead and buried, and now we are raised a new creature.  Baptism has nothing to do with salvation, it only pictures salvation, and it is a very important step in a new Christian’s growth.

After baptism a new believer should join a Bible preaching church.  A church that preaches and teaches the Bible and a church that teaches that salvation is not earned by doing good works but by faith in Christ only.

Going to church is very, very important:

  • It is an institution that Jesus Christ started (Matthew 16:18 “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”).
  • It is also the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15 “that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth”).
  • The Bible tells us that we must not neglect assembling together as a church (Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”).
  • Jesus died for the church (Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”).

 

Church is a place where you can learn God’s Word, fellowship with other Christians, Worship God, and Serve the Lord.  There is no substitute for it!

 

When someone establishes the first foundation in their life, salvation, they are at the starting point of a new life.  Now they must grow.  The only way to grow is to read God’s Word and allow Him to speak to you; and then pray and speak to your heavenly Father.  Then you should get baptized and unite with a good church.  This will ensure that you will continue to grow as God’s child.  We will never be what we ought to be, but as we grow in Christ we will see that we are not what we used to be.

Questions:

  1. What is someone that just got saved known as?A b_________ (4 letters) in Christ.
  1. What will happen if someone does not grow as a Christian? ________________________________________________________________________________________________
  1. What is the first thing a new Christian should do?R_______ his B_____________.
  1. List three things the Bible does for us.
  1. ___________________________________
  2. ___________________________________
  3. ___________________________________
  1. What is the second thing a new Christian should do? B___________ ap____________ l_____________.
  1. What is the third thing a new Christian should do? Get _________________.
  1. What is the fourth thing a new Christian ought to do? Join a ________________________________.
  1. What kind of church should a new Christian look for?
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. List two reasons why going to church is so important.
  1. ____________________________________
  2. ____________________________________
  1. If you do not grow as a Christian, do you think that you will struggle with the same things that you struggled with before you got saved?_________________ Explain__________________________________________________________________________________________

Memory Verse: “1 Peter 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”

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