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

Resistance Training

Our muscles grow stronger when we repeatedly push against a weight or force. Similarly, as followers of Jesus, we can grow spiritually stronger when we encounter resistance. Today, we’ll identify the three primary forces that push against us on our path towards...

Stages of Growth

While salvation is instantaneous, spiritual maturity involves a process. It’s one filled with twists and turns and failures and successes. And each stage of our growth requires an awareness of whether we’re a spiritual baby, a young person in the faith or a mature...

Proverbs: The Quest for Character

We might define success by using external qualities like the amount of money someone accumulates or the amount of fame they achieve. However, in the Bible, we find a successful life is defined by our character - our disposition towards qualities like love and...

God Gave

We’ve just come through a time of gift-giving and joy. Of course, the most significant gift of all was God’s gift of Jesus to the world. We find this profound truth simply stated in what might be the most famous of all Bible verses: John 3:16. Maybe this verse is so...

Jesus, The Hope of the World

Hope. It’s so easy to lose but so generously available. We need hope. In a world where uncertainty and disillusionment are mixed into the air we breathe, we need a fresh perspective. For centuries people hoped for the coming Messiah—Jesus, the Savior of the world. He...