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Toward Christian Maturity

Do you want to grow in your relationship with God each day? As a Christian it is natural for you to want to know Jesus better. You can discover the completeness of your life in Him Colossians 2:10a) and experience the fullness of His life in you (John 14:21). Jesus can become involved in every intimate part of your life. You move beyond yourself, letting Christ assume full direction and control. This experience will lead you into a maturing, personal relationship with God.

*God will help you grow as a Christian, but you must put forth the effort. A disciple must deny himself (renounce the self centered life), take up his cross daily, and follow Christ (Luke 9:23).

*Live in the Word. You grow as you study the Bible regularly (1 Peter 2:2). Begin each day by reading the Bible for your spiritual and personal development.

*Pray in faith. Prayer is worship. Prayer is conversing with God (John 15:7). Talk to Him throughout each day. Believe His promises. God delights in the prayers of His people. You will gain new strength as you pray. Fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ in His church. Everyone will know you are a disciple (disciplined follower) of Christ when you love others (John 13:34-35).

*Witness and minister to others. God is pleased when you bear fruit (John 15:8). Share your faith with others who do not know Christ as you do. As you continue with Christ, your spiritual life will grow until you are a mature Christian (2 Peter 3:18).

*As His disciple, you must deny yourself, take up your cross, follow Jesus and make Christ the central focus of your life. You move beyond yourself allowing Jesus to assume full direction and control.

My commitment:Heavenly Father, I want to be more like You. I commit myself to a daily quiet time for Bible study and prayer. Strengthen me to love others and teach me to share my faith.