Thursday, January 22, 2009

Spiritual Growth Bible Study

This study was designed for new Christians or for anyone who wishes to grow spiritually. The text being used is "Survival Kit: Five Keys to Effective Spiritual Growth" by Ralph W. Neighbors, Jr. and Bill Latham.

In order to survive physically, we feed our bodies daily. In order to grow spiritually, our bodies need spiritual nourishment daily. We can’t be healthy if we are only fed on Sunday morning. We can get nourishment by establishing a time each day to be alone with Christ. Have your Bible and a journal or small note book and pen available to record what you learn. Start this time with prayer, asking God to open your heart to receive his teaching and to direct you as you meditate on his Word. Let’s start right now --Begin with prayer and then meditate on today’s scripture.

Today’s scripture is 1 John 4:13-16
13Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

The study guide suggests two ways to meditate on what you read. (1) Rewrite the passage in your own words, and (2) Ask yourself question about it. It gives some general questions to use in guiding your meditation. "Is there a truth that should influence (1) what I believe, (2) how I feel, (3) the way I behave? Is there an example to follow or avoid? Is there a command to obey? Is there a promise to claim?"
Our quiet time with God is more than a quick scripture and prayer. You should take the time to seek out the message that is there for you. End your quiet time with prayer asking God to direct you in applying his Word to your life.

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