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Sermons on Spiritual Growth

Power for Patience. Joy in Struggle.

Power for Patience. Joy in Struggle. —  We are called to have staying-power in simple trust in Who God is. He is the Vine, and we are the branches that produce fruit through Him. Not only are we meant to experience joy in answered prayer and also in the character development that happens through challenges,…

Christianity 102: Watch and Work

Christianity 102: Watch and Work — The Holy Spirit can speak to us through our conscience, convicting us when we sin and comforting us when we doubt. In 1 Timothy, Paul encourages Timothy to focus on what matters, Godliness or Christlikeness.  He counceled that Timothy should avoid issues that really don’t matter. He should not…

The Spirit Leads Our Prayers

The Spirit Leads Our Prayers —  Prayer and faith are not a formula. Do we ever copy other people’s prayer styles or accept their perspective of God’s will simply because we have failed to experientially developed our own? Is the world affecting our prayer life instead of the other way around? Are we surrendered to…

Fill Me, Holy Spirit

Fill Me, Holy Spirit  —  God gives us the Holy Spirit when we accept Christ with faith. God desires to progressively reveal more of Himself to us. And He wants for us to desire more of Him. Scripture shows several times when God filled His disciples with the Holy Spirit more deeply, leading to more…

The First Disciples

The First Disciples  —  The believers of the early New Testament Church were devoted to teaching, fellowship, and prayer. They had a sense of overwhelming awe at miracles, signs, and wonders. They were generous and loved by the community, and many came to Christ as a result. If we want to experience true spiritual growth…

Prepare the Way

God’s plans are intended to be fulfilled at the proper time.  Sometimes we question His plans because they seem strange or “out of the box.”  God is ok with us questioning or asking for confirmation, but remember that He is teaching us the blessing of dependence and intimacy with Him.  When we are close to…

The Sufferings of Christ

The Sufferings of Christ    –  Christ’s death was an investment into others’ healing, deliverance, and salvation. We were called to partner in His suffering. This kind of suffering denies our carnal desires and positions us for right-living. In other words, the pursuit of God’s desires is synchronous with the laying down of our own carnal…

Following Others as They Follow Christ

Following Others as They Follow Christ   –  The Bible tells us to pattern our lives after other’s. God surrounds us with the family of God so that we can learn from each other, grow together, and become examples to one another. This concept is called discipleship. He gives us fathers in the Lord to exemplify…