HOW TO GROW AS A CHRISTIAN
Now that you have believed in Jesus Christ and received Him as Lord and saviour, you are born again. You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Like any new born baby you have to grow. Here we share six tips to help you grow in your Christian faith:
1. Feed on the Word
‘Like new born babies, crave pure spiritual mil, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation’
1 Peter 2:2
The food for the spirit man is the word of God. We grow spiritually by feeding on God’s word which is the Bible. This we can achieve by studying the bible and by listening to good Bible-based messages. A practical way to get fed is to attend a Bible-believing church, regularly.
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‘and when you pray…but when you pray…And when you pray…This, then, is how you should pray…’ Matthew 6:5,6,9-15
As Christians we communicate with God through prayer. Jesus demonstrated this while He was on earth. He spoke about prayer as a requirement for the believer and not as an option. God also invites us to bring our needs to Him and we do this by praying in the name of Jesus.
3. Fellowship With Other Christians
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42
46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’ Acts 2:46
The company we keep plays a key role in our growth as Christians. The early church had a habit of gathering frequently to pray, listen to the word and share a meal. Great things happened when they gathered in unity. It is important for our growth that we be committed to a good church family.
4. Share Your Faith
‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation’ Mark16:15
38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes’ Romans 1:16
Jesus not only saved us but sent us out to tell others the good news about salvation through faith in Him. Having been saved, we have a responsibility to share this treasure with others. We must be pro-active in sharing our new faith.
5. Be Filled With the Holy Spirit
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit’.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.’ Acts 10:44
6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[a] and prophesied.’ Acts 19:6
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.’ Romans 8:9
Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to those who would believe. As believers we need the Holy Spirit to live an effective Christian life – a life of joy, power and victory over sin. We can receive the Holy Spirit by laying on of hands or directly from God by asking.
6. Obey the Lord
33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.’
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
15 “If you love me, keep my commands.’ John 14:15
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.’
Obedience to God is key in the life of the Christian. Our obedience to God is proof of our love for Him. We cannot make progress in our Christian life if we do not obey the Lord.