Luke 8:18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them. We are not meant to remain as children at the mercy of every chance wind of teaching... But we are meant to hold firmly to the truth in love, and to grow up in every way into Christ the head. Eph 4:14
To Have Good Heart for Growth MYTHS Growth is automatic Can be instant By attending church Can attain by yourself Measured by beliefs How you act at church FACT Its a choice A gradual process By developing habits Cant grow w/o others Beliefs & behavior How you act at home & world (Transformation)
Psalms 1:1-3 1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither whatever they do prospers.
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, The Antidote of Growth (The Blessed Life): -Walking in the counsel of the Wicked (Ungodly) -Standing around with the disobedient (Sinners) -Sitting in the seat of the scornful (Mockers) WALKING – STANDING - SITTING
THE GROWTH IN YOU 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. - What I want (delight is in…) - What I will (meditate day and night)
How To Cultivate Growth? 1.Be planted – Member V 3. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water Psalms 27:4 (NKJV) One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life Not a visitor anymore, you have decided to be planted, fixed a location, set your roots down. -CONNECTED - Stay in one place and location.
How To Cultivate Growth? 2. Be Watered - Disciple -SUSTAINED GROWTH – by streams of water 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. Acts 2:42-44 Learning to drink from the river. Roots have double functions: Securing a foundation for growth and the means of continued sustenance
How To Cultivate Growth? 3. Be fruitful – Leader which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither INFLUENTIAL (brings forth fruit) CONSISTENT (in its season) You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world... Matt 5:13-14 (NIV)
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither whatever they do prospers. ALIVE (leaf also shall not wither) EFFECTIVE (whatever he does shall prosper) I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)
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Here are 3 things that we can do together: 1.BE PLANTED 2.Identify Where You Are? (Be Honest) 3.Take the next step!