Essentials For Spiritual Growth”

1 Peter 2:1, 2

New born babies need a lot of love and care. They need milk right away to help them grow and develop properly. They need to be cuddled and have their diapers changed too.  Raising a child properly isn’t easy (Proverbs 22:6; 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15). This is true in the physical and spiritual realms. Just as good parents take care of their new baby, so the Christian who brought another person to Christ for salvation needs to be involved in the new believer’s life (1 Thessalonians 2:7-11).

Church. The new environment should include a good, Bible believing, local church where Christ is honored, the Word of God is preached with authority (2 Timothy 4:2-5), and the Gospel is proclaimed clearly (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). Don’t forsake the “true” church (Hebrews 10:24, 25). There are many “apostate churches” that are really like the “synagogues of Satan” (Revelation 2:9; 3:9, 14-19). If you can’t find a good church near you, why not help to start one? The early Christians met in homes (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2). “O give me a church 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

Dirty. The Apostle Peter told Christians to to put off malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking (1 Peter 2:1). This is not what a person has to do before or in order to get saved (as the “Lordship for salvation” teachers say), but these are things that a Christian needs to put off once he has been saved. We aren’t saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  “[Christians] can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Too many Christians act independently of God. Do you know how to overcome this and other temptations that come from the devil? (We’re currently teaching Christians how to do this during our Wednesday night Bible Studies. Some people who live in other communities and states are linking up with us by phone for these classes.)

Enemies. By learning about our three spiritual enemies (the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system) and then applying the truth to our lives, we will be able to have victory over the things mentioned above that need to be put off. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). The way of escape is found in Scripture but many people don’t want to take/make the time to study about it (2 Timothy 2:15). Are you a convenient or a committed Christian?

Milk/Meat. The writer to the early Hebrew Christians was disturbed by their lack of spiritual growth. Even though they had been saved for a number of years, they were still like infants drinking only milk (Hebrews 5:12-14). They should have been enjoying solid food (spiritual steaks). How knowledgeable are you in the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:18)? How much of the truth is being applied to your daily life (James 1:22; 2:18-20; 4:17)? Are you enjoying the abundant life that Jesus came to give to Christians (John 10:10; See Galatians 5:22, 23)?

Primer. If you are a Christian, how well informed are you with the “Ten Basic Bible Truths”? Would you like some help learning them? If so, click here: http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm. Do you know how you should interpret the Bible by using the “normal” (literal, historical, grammatical) method (Ezra 8:8) rather than the “allegorical” method that was devised by the devil (Genesis 3:1) which lets one read into the Scripture almost any idea that comes to his mind? Satan’s method of interpreting the Bible is being used in many “apostate churches” today. Would you like a FREE “Dispensations Chart” that is a result of a normal interpretation of the Scripture? If so, ask how you can get one. It could change your life as it did mine.

Questions. Are you sure you would go immediately to heaven if you died right now (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Read Matthew 7:21-23)? Why should God let you into His heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? Do you think you’d have to go a purging place first? Who came up with this idea, and why? Have you been “born again from above” (John 3:3-6; Titus 3:5)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)? How long have you been saved (Hebrews 5:12-24)? Are you a carnal or spiritual Christian (1 Corinthians 2:15-3:4)? Are you steadily growing spiritually (2 Peter 3:18)? Do others see Christ living through you (James 2:18-20)? What is impeding your spiritual growth (Romans 6:14; Ephesians 4:30)? Is God pleased with your progress (2 Corinthians 5:9)? Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2)? Are you interested in the salvation of others, especially those in your circle of influence (2 Timothy 2:10)? Are you loving the present world system or God and His children (1 John 2:15-17; 4:20, 21)? Are you serving God and others with gladness or sadness (Psalm 100:2; 1 Peter 4:10)? What needs to change with God’s help (Philippians 4:13)?

Help. If you are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17) we invite you to contact us for more information or help. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this information has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Please share this information with others too (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Clear Gospel: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Clear Gospel – Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/filerequest/9415

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages. http://www.kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

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

 

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