Growth of any kind is impossible without devotion to the means of growth. Growth results when we are disciplined to practice the means that make us grow. Here are some examples:
You get the point. On Sunday, Dr. Don Shoff challenged us to commit to some vital Christian Practices in 2014. These are also known as "Christian Disciplines" "Spiritual Disciplines" and "Means of Grace.” Reading God’s word and praying daily, sharing our faith, generous giving, fellowship and worship are the main means to Christian maturity. You can listen to the sermon online at sermon.net/sdwchurch.
Growth will not and cannot happen without devotion to the means of growth. We cannot become more like Christ, we cannot grow in our obedience to God's word, we will not be transformed, we will be weak in our individual faith and we will be ineffective in our mission unless we are devoted to the means God gave us to grow.
This is how the church of Jesus Christ has always grown. When God sent the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, the Apostle Peter preached a sermon and 3000 people believed and became baby Christians. By Acts 11, even after great persecution, we find these Christians sending missionaries, teaching others, seeing needs, organizing into action and enjoying true fellowship among people who did not normally associate. How did they do it?
The answer is found in Acts 2:42-47. They devoted themselves to the Word of God, they devoted themselves to fellowship, they devoted themselves to worship (communion), they devoted themselves to prayer and they gave and shared generously. Through these means of growth, God formed them into His children and into the church He called and created them to be in Christ.
Let’s go and do the same.
I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.
- William Carey
My name is Tim Kirkes. I am honored to be the a child of my heavenly Father, the husband of Lisa, the father of two boys and the pastor of San Dimas Wesleyan church.