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Summary: This is a series on what we need to grow in our faith

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Title: Growing in Grace

Theme: Part 1 of The Spiritual GROWTH series

Introduction

One of the main responsibilities of anyone in leadership is to help guide people in their spiritual growth. You want to help them know God better, follow Him, have their lives reflect His love and grace and you want for them to help others. These are the hallmarks of someone growing in Christ.

So for the next 6 weeks we are going to look into the subject of spiritual growth.

Specifically we are going to address 6 key factors that must be present in our lives in order for spiritual growth to happen.

Each of these key factors begins with a letter used to spell the word “Growth.” (A key factor in our spiritual growth begins with the letter G. A key factor in our spiritual growth begins with the letter R…etc)

The single most important factor in our spiritual growth begins with the letter G. That word is GRACE.

Consider the following

1.How can I even be saved? GRACE

“For it is by grace you are saved.” (Eph 2:5)

2.How can I get victory over sin? GRACE

“For sin shall not be your master because you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)

3.How can I overcome my weaknesses? GRACE

“my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)

4.How can I abound in every good work? GRACE

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things at all time, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:8)

5.How can I be more encouraged and hopeful? GRACE

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope…” (1 Thess. 2:16)

6.How can I conduct myself in the world in holiness and sincerity? GRACE

“Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relationship to you, in the sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace.” (2 Cor. 1:12)

7.How can I say no to ungodliness and worldly passions, and live a self-controlled upright life in this present age? GRACE

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

8.How can I bear fruit for God? GRACE

“All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it is been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” (Col. 1:6)

I could go on and on but I think it should be clear by now that we need “Grace for the Race.”

What is grace?

Grace is God’s unmerited favor. That is, although we can do nothing to deserve it, God wants to favor us with His grace.

But often, we concentrate on the “unmerited” part and miss the “favor” part of grace. That is, we’re glad we sinners don’t get the punishment and judgment that we deserve. That’s a relief. But grace is much more than the absence of judgment. It is also the presence of favors, encouragement, love, help and support.


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