Change is part of life. And we can change for good or change for the not-so-good. In the language of the Bible, changing for good is called growth. It’s normal for living things to grow—under one condition—if they’re nourished. In other words, growth doesn’t happen when we do nothing. Growth is the result of cooperating with God as He works in our lives. Ultimately, He makes things grow. God repeats this urgent message throughout the Bible: It’s time for us to grow up!

How would you define spiritual growth? In our LifePoint language, what is the difference between finding Jesus and following Him?

Read the following passages: 1 Peter 2:2, 2 Peter 3:18, Ephesians 4:15, Colossians 2:7. How would you explain God’s heart for your spiritual growth?

How do you wrestle over the tension of your responsibility to take growth seriously verses God’s reminder that He causes the growth? Compare the following two passages: 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 and 2 Peter 1:5-9.

Is it possible for a believer in Jesus to not grow spiritually? Is spiritual growth automatic? In what sense are the commands for us to grow reminders that we might not. Sift through these verses for insights: 2 Peter 3:17-18, 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, 2 John 2:28.

Let’s get very practical. What are you doing to cooperate with God to insure you’re growing and making spiritual progress? What are your greatest hinderances to growth?

Further Reading

Kindness Toward Ourselves

There is often enormous pressure to keep up with the non-stop noise and activity of our modern world. Jesus offers us an alternative to this frantic pace but following Him and resisting the pressure around us will require a simple act: kindness toward ourselves. Is...

Simple Unplugging

Our immediate access to people and information through the use of technology has become a prevailing cultural norm. What has become the normal daily consumption of input can have a numbing effect on our soul and lead to our faith gradually growing thinner and thinner...

Drinking Beauty

God paints on a large canvas. His creativity is seen in the grandeur of the mountains, in the wildflowers on a rolling hillside, in classic masterpieces in an art gallery, or in the curious expression on the face of a child. Beauty is all around us. But seeing it...

Pausing to Detach

So much about the pace of life conspires against us. We might even be convinced that the faster we go and the busier we become, the more we’ll get done. But what does that kind of toxicity do to our souls? Could it be that God invites us to find Him through a...

Never Give Up

Resilience is such a powerful concept. Some of our greatest heroes and inspirational characters in stories are defined as people of resilience. But what does it look like to have a resilient faith? Spoiler alert... it doesn't mean that things are always going to go...