“Keep Growing”

Posted: December 14, 2015 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Church, Compassion, Dispensations, Salvation, Uncategorized

One of the saddest things for a parent is to see his/her child fail to develop and become a well balanced individual (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) who can produce children of their own and repeat the cycle. Some people grow up physically but don’t develop emotionally or spiritually as they should.

Grow. For us, as Christians, to become the people that God wants us to be and do the works that He planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10), we need to keep growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). When we placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, the Holy Spirit put us into Christ’s Body, the Church (1 Corinthians 12:12,13). He wants us to work with other believers for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31; See 2 Corinthians 6:14) and the good of others.

Assemble. In order for there to be harmony and cooperation in the Body/Church, each maturing believer needs to assemble regularly with other Christians (Hebrews 10:24, 25). This relationship should be positive and uplifting (1 Thessalonians 5:11; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 4:2-4). Therefore, let us –

Love one another as Christ loved us (John 13:34, 35; 15:12, 17; Romans 13:8). The commandment in Old Testament times was to love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18; See Matthew 7:12). The New Testament command for Christians to follow is to love fellow Christians as Christ has loved us (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Galatians 5:22, 23; 6:10). This is not possible unless a Christian is rightly related to God and has his/her known sins confessed to God (1 John 1:9).

Honor and prefer one another (Romans 12:10). The natural tendency is to love ourselves (Ephesians 5:29; 2 Timothy 3:2). But the way to have true JOY is to put Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last (Philippians 4:4; Galatians 5:22; John 15:11; 16:24).

Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). These would be those burdens brought on us by outside sources (Matthew 23:4; Luke 11:46; 1 Peter 5:7). Some burdens we bring on ourselves (Galatians 6:5-10).

Forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32). Don’t confuse judicial forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14) with family forgiveness (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; 2 Corinthians 2:7, 10).

Teach and admonish one another (Colossians 3:16; Romans 12:7). Be careful to distinguish truth to be believed (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:6) from truth to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9; Ephesians 3:1-12; James 1:22; 2:14-20). Consider our “Dispensational Chart” to help you in this area. [1]

Comfort one another with God’s Word (1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11).  Being human, it’s alright for a Christian to sorrow when a fellow Christian is taken from us to heaven.  Keep in mind that they are better off in heaven than we are who are left on this earth.  But we should not sorrow as others who have no hope (John 11:21, 31; 20:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13).

Stimulate one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24, 25). Consider the spiritual sacrifices that God accepts today (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16) and the priorities we should have in life toward other people (Galatians 6:10; See Matthew 10:5; 15:24-28; 28:19, 20).

Obey. Have you been obeying these “one another” commands from the Lord? What areas need your attention? Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). But we can do all things [that He planned for us to do] through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). The question is, Will we practice these things in our lives?

Christ is the only Head of the Church. (Ephesians 1:22) If you’re a true Christian, will you do your part in making the Bible believing church you attend a place where folks in the lurch are encouraged then healed from above, where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the truth is modeled in love? – Chuck Swindoll

Thankful. If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, thank Him for saving you and making you a part of His Body, the Church. “In Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13) we all have equal standing regardless of our wealth, race, social standing, or our education (Galatians 3:28).

Help. We’re here to offer assistance to those who are teachable and willing to change when they are presented with the truth from God’s Word (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Dispensations Chart http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

 

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