Monday, February 4, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 23 - How We Grow

God wants you to grow. It doesn't matter whether you've been a Christian for 5 weeks or 50 years, God is still in the business of maturing you and making you more like Christ.

Men, it's not too late to get your tickets for the men's breakfast on Saturday. The speaker is a guy called Nick Battle who I've never heard speak before but comes highly recommended by J John and from his description on the website sounds like a real man's man. If you can't get to The Kerith Centre reception during the week phone on 01344 862699 to reserve your ticket which includes a full English breakfast - cost £5.

Hope you enjoy todays study,

Simon.

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God wants you to grow up!

“God wants us to grow up … like Christ in everything.” Ephesians 4:15a (Msg)

Your heavenly Father’s goal is for you is to mature and develop the characteristics of Jesus Christ. Sadly, millions of Christians grow older but never grow up. They are stuck in perpetual spiritual infancy, remaining in diapers and booties. The reason is that they never intended to grow.

When the first disciples chose to follow Jesus, they didn’t understand all the implications of their decision. They simply responded to Jesus’ invitation. That’s all you need to get started: decide to become a disciple. Christ-likeness is the result of making Christ-like choices and depending on his Spirit to help you fulfill those choices. Once you decide to get serious about becoming like Christ, you must begin to act in new ways. You will need to let go of some old routines, develop some new habits, and intentionally change the way you think. You can be certain that the Holy Spirit will help you with these changes.

The Bible says, “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

The Christian life is far more than creeds and convictions; it includes conduct and character. Our deeds must be consistent with our creeds, and our beliefs must be backed up with Christlike behavior.

2 comments:

iris j said...

Hi Simon....Sorry but I am 2 days behind at the moment and just finished reading day 22.
Several things have spoken to me in this chapter...but I am not sure that I am ready to share what they are.....will have to pray about them in a bit of detail..

One thing that did speak to me was that we are commanded to honour our leaders and overwhelm them with love and appreciation..(page 166).
I really want to do that. I am so grateful to God that you have become our senior pastor and that you are certainly taking us to the next level. The fact that you are challenging us all is terrific and for me in particular I know that I will be changed and closer to God.
My sincere thanks Simon.

Hope you do not mind my showing appreciation on the blog Simon.
Keep up the good work.

Iris j

Anonymous said...

well...for the first time ever....Iris has beaten me to it.!!!! duh..!!

i would like to echo all she says about honouring and showing appreciation....to simon and all the elders and wives and leaders in the body..and the staff at the office....and all who serve us so well week after week..i so appreciate all you do

BUT if you think the "purpose driven life " is a powerful book...then get a hold of his wifes book...Penny lent it to me last night about 10pm.....foolishly started to read it when i got home.....and only just now finished it...10am in morning....did get a wee bit of sleep...LOL

but ......heavens....it is a "dangerous" book to read....and we will have a the fantastic privelege of hearing her speak at the HIV/AIDS conference in march...

chris and i have already booked our place to serve and attend...so get your tickets folks...but only if you want to be "gloriously ruined " as Kay Warren puts it....

have a great time at peterborough...i had a look on their website sounds and looks a fantastic place ....and if they are a few steps ahead of us..maybe worth a visit to look around ... bring back some good information Simon

irene m.