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Environment Conducive to Spiritual Growth

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As a Church we might be tempted to think we can merely provide some biblical content and maybe some “how-to” tips and people should grow spiritually as a result.  But, more goes into helping people grow than providing knowledge. We also need an environment that is conducive to spiritual growth.

Qualities that Tend to be in an Environment that is Conducive to Spiritual Growth:

Environment Conducive to Spiritual Growth
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Grace-saturated

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:11-12)

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Pet. 3:18)

Relationally supported

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)

Ongoing pursuit

In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. (Col. 1:6)

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.  (2 Thess. 1:3)

Well-rounded objective

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Eph. 4:15)

Truth-based

so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:10)

Holy Spirit empowered

Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? [ (Gal. 3:3)

keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (Eph. 1:17)

Think about your church, or perhaps your small groups, in light of these qualities. Are you seeing spiritual growth in people’s lives?

Resource: The Teacher’s Role in Discipling Students Toward Spiritual Growth

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