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Leading people into a maturing new life in Jesus Christ

Accelerating Your Spiritual Growth

febfeaturesliderAs the apostle Peter concludes his second letter, notice his directive: “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

The only thing of value you and I have to offer God is the person we become through knowing Jesus. In fact, there is no more effective witness to God’s glorious grace and power than becoming the person God is forming you to be.

Personal prayer, devotions and a weekly worship service are wonderful experiences with God. But these alone have never provided me with what I feel to be an adequate level of growth.

To see a snapshot of Jesus’ church, following the giving of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost read Acts 2:42-47. This is a picture of people being together in fellowship and service, with the inevitable result of more people really getting to know Christ.

Today, the very nature of our twenty-first century culture makes it more difficult to get together than it was for those who lived in the first century. But this makes it no less vital to our growth in Christ. We just have to be more intentional about being together. When the writer of Hebrews encourages Christ-followers not to neglect coming together (Heb. 10:24-25), he’s not referring so much to a formal worship service as to a consistent fellowship of joyous strengthening.

There is nothing I look forward to more each week than meeting with the people in the small group I belong to. This is a setting where I am not the preacher. I can totally relax with everyone else and consider the joys and challenges of living for Jesus today.

I strongly believe every Christian needs a weekly time of open interaction with others of like mind, a place without the daily pressures of life, an opportunity to come into the presence of God with the intention of learning and growing.

One place to do that within our church is in a fellowship group. I’m currently the coordinator of this ministry, so if you have questions or would like to explore being part of such a group, please contact me and we’ll talk.

Remember, our mission is to lead people — including one another — into a maturing new life in Jesus Christ. We all have a long way to grow in our life with Christ, but there is no better — or more productive — way than to accelerate our journey than by being together.


Contributed by Pastor Larry Zuchowski

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