So last Sunday I spoke on maturing as a follower of Jesus, and I contrasted some ways that a mature Christian differs from an immature Christian. I also gave a few suggestions how a believer might grow some in his or her faith, if they are so inclined to work at it and “grow up” a bit. These include…
- Get a good diet of spiritual food – starting with the Bible
- Worship God – publicly & privately
- Join in service to others
- Practice the spiritual disciplines (meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration)
I mentioned a couple of resources that I want to share here, in case anyone is interested in checking them out a bit further.
I mentioned an article on Stephen Altrogge’s site, the blazing center, that contains a great list of suggested books for Christians to read. I encourage everyone to go check out his list and start working through some of the great reads you’ll find there…
When I was speaking about spiritual disciplines, I mentioned a specific book that I personally believe should be required reading for every Christian… Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline. This is a great book that covers the major Christian spiritual disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration. I read it many years ago, and highly recommend it to anyone looking to grow in their walk with the Lord.
So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it!Hebrews 6:1-3 (The Message)