Encouraging Spiritual Growth
New believers need your prayers. They lack the inner strength and insight that comes with maturity, leaving them vulnerable to external pressures and struggles in the Christian life.
It’s not a physical famine that plagues most people in our culture today. It is a spiritual famine. God has given salvation and it has come to us first. Will we be silent and keep it to ourselves? Or will we take the initiative to share it with others who desperately need it?
We don’t live in a neutral environment. The world, with all of its options and appeals, has a conforming influence on people’s lives. It presents a constant drag on those who seek to follow Christ. That influence puts the spiritual lives of young believers at risk.
Growth is influenced by environment. Plants need fertile soil, fresh water and plenty of sunlight to grow to maturity. But what do new believers need for healthy spiritual growth? What is their ideal environment?
Relationships matter. They provide the context for spiritual growth. Believers need an environment that is relationally rich. There are three primary connections. Believers need at least two out of the three connections to foster healthy growth.
Mentoring others on their spiritual journey can be a challenge. But God has provided the means of preparation. It is all found in his Word. In this passage, Paul reveals the pathway of preparation.
When people receive Christ, their spiritual journey isn’t over. It is just beginning. But the road ahead won’t always be easy. There will be many dangers and obstacles along the way.
Spiritual journeys do not end when people come to Jesus. In fact, that is just the beginning. What do people that have come to Jesus need most? Their two greatest needs are to connect with a community of believers that will help them grow and to learn the foundational truths of following Christ. A mentor helps a person make connections and learn key concepts. The mentor encourages, guides and instructs the younger believer along the way.
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