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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

How We Grow

August 15, 2004

Romans 12 

            Point to Ponder: It’s never too late to start growing!! 

Your Heavenly Father’s goal is for you to mature and develop the characteristics of Jesus Christ, living a life of love and humble service.
            Spiritual growth is not automatic. It takes an intentional commitment. You must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow, and persist in growing.  

Discipleship--- the process of becoming like Christ---always begins with a decision. 

                There are two parts of spiritual growth: 

      1.)    Work out. Is your responsibility
2.)     work in. is God ‘s role 

Spiritual growth is a collaborative effort between you and the Holy Spirit. 

 (Phil 2:12 NIV)  Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 

(Phil 2:13 NIV) for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. 

            Your first step in spiritual growth is to start changing the way you think.

The way you thing determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act. 

            To be like Christ you must develop the mind of Christ. 

 

The New Testament calls this mental shift repentance which in Greek literally means “to change your mind” to repent means to change the way you think—about God, yourself, sin, other people, life, your future, and everything else. 

(1 Cor 13:11 NIV)  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 

            There are two parts to thinking like Jesus.

1.) The first half of this mental shift is to stop thinking immature thoughts, which are self-centered and self-seeking. 

2.)    The second half is to start thinking maturely, which focuses on others, not yourself.

The only way we will lean to think this way is by filling our minds with the Words of God.

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