How to Grow in the Christian Life
Bible Study: Food for Spiritual Nourishment
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby – 1 Peter 2:2
Your spiritual nutrition is the Bible, God’s Word, and is a healthy, daily diet consisting of truth that will give you strength to walk in His will.
Motives for Bible Study
- Source of Protection (Psalm 119:9-11)
- Source of Direction (Psalm 119:133)
- Source of Joy (Psalm 119:35; 47, 162)
- Source of Cleansing (John 15:3)
- Source of Power (Hebrews 4:12)
- Source of Truth (John 17:17, 19)
Methods of Bible Study
Begin with three key questions:
- What does the text say?
- What does it mean?
- What does it mean to me personally?
Follow these guidelines during your Bible study time:
- Pray as you begin to study
- Ponder as you continue to study. Read the passage two or three times
Ask these questions for discovery:
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a lesson to learn?
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there a blessing to enjoy?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a thought for today?
Practice what you learn in study.
Examine James 1:19-21, Psalm 119:32, and John 14:21-23
Maintenance of Bible Study
- Make an appointment to meet God and to read His Word each day
- Choose to be faithful in your Bible study
- Utilize some good study helps that will expand your insight and study (concordance, Bible atlas, commentary, etc.)
Prayer: Air for Spiritual Refreshment
The Prominance of Prayer in the Life of Christ
- Luke 3:21, 5:16, 6:12, 9:18, 9:28-29, 11:1, 23:32, 23:34, 23:46
The Priority of Prayer for the Christian
- Luke 21:36
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- Luke 18:1
- 1 Timothy 2:1-6
The Particulars of Prayer for the Christian
- Adoration: Praise for God’s person (Revelation 4:11
- Thanksgiving: Appreciation for God’s work (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- Intercession: Petition on behalf of others (James 5:16)
- Petition: Prayer for specific needs (Matthew 6:32-33)
- Confession: Agreeing with God and receiving His forgiveness for your sin (1 John 1:7-9)
The Principles of Prayer for the Christian
- Make prayer your first response in all things, not your last
- Thank God in all things, no matter how they may appear
- Focus on the Lord and not on your problems when you pray
- Be specific when you pray, not general
- Pray in faith and claim God’s promises
- Put your confidence in the faithfulness of God when you pray
Holy Spirit: Power for Spiritual Enablement
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is a person. He is the third person of the Trinity – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – with a distinct personality and ministry. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to enable us to continue His ministry in the world.
What does the Holy Spirit do?
The Holy Spirit reveals the truth of Jesus, convicts people of their sin, and transforms them with new life through resurrection of Jesus Christ. He enables believers to live victorious in their Christian walk.
How can I receive the Holy Spirit?
You receive the Holy Spirit at the moment you accept Christ as your Savior. Christ lives in your heart through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Read Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:5-9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, and 12:12-14.
How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
To be filled with the Holy Spirit means to submit all control of your life to Him. You must surrender your life and let the Holy Spirit word in you, which is evident in your actions, speech, and attitude.