“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63
Jesus is the Living Word. His words were spoken for us to learn and grow. People come to know Jesus through the Word of God. The Word of God is the Christian believer’s food to feed us through our minds, to learn the will of God. Growing in the Lord should be the purpose of our lives.
Job 23:12 states the concept well, “I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.”
Deuteronomy 8:3 adds, “And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
Billy Graham, in an article from 2015, gives us nine ways to grow in our faith: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The Bible calls those traits the “Fruit of the Spirit.” Dr. Graham goes on to explain that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Bible says we receive supernatural help from the Holy Spirit. God expects us to have faith, and if we live according to that faith, God will be pleased. From that, we will be blessed. If we lack in faith, God will be displeased.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:3 continues, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
To grow in grace is to mature as a Christian. We are all saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, ”For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
We are sanctified by grace. Grace is a blessing we do not deserve, something that we did not earn. It is a true blessing from God because He loves us!
In 2 Peter 3:18, we read, ‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
We have “Grow” events throughout the year. In the summer, all of our locations have summer grow events. At our Holly location, we get together on Wednesday nights during June and July for dinner, a devotion, and then softball. It is heartwarming to see the church family getting together for food, a devotion, and fun. This is a picture of how the church should grow together.
To grow is to mature and learn, just like a baby, we never should stop growing in our faith. Living for the Lord is why we are here; the Lord created us so that we could grow to love Him.