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KTG 1 -Embracing A Life Of Growth Part 1

Study Guide / Outline

Section 1: Introduction to Growth in God

  • Main Points:
    • Growth in the body of Christ is as important as getting into the body of Christ.
    • Children are often more excited about growth, seeing potential and possibilities.
    • Growth for believers means expanding what God can do in our lives.
    • One revelation or stage of growth can bring victory in long-standing challenges.
    • Emphasis on adopting a lifestyle of growth, which is a continuous process.
    • The concept of pruning by God (John 15) as a reward for growth, leading to more growth and fruitfulness.
    • Growth involves both addition and subtraction in life, meaning sometimes God removes things for our benefit.
    • The process of growth leads to power, freedom, and an addiction to continual improvement.

Section 2: Embracing Change and the Role of Discipleship

  • Main Points:
    • Change is essential and should be embraced; it’s integral to growth.
    • Personal anecdote of loving change and its significance in life and ministry.
    • Biblical perspective on constant change and transformation.
    • The importance of not being confined to one’s past or perceived identity.
    • The role of a pastor intertwined with change, healing, and discipleship.
    • The nature of spiritual gifts and callings in ministry (Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12).
    • The concept of deploying believers into effective action as a part of discipleship.
    • The importance of recognizing and fulfilling one’s specific calling within the body of Christ.

Section 3: Understanding Spiritual Growth and Misconceptions

  • Main Points:
    • Spiritual growth is not about behavioral modification but about inner transformation.
    • True transformation is not self-improvement; it’s about making dead people live through Christ.
    • The necessity of growth for manifesting the life and power of Christ within us.
    • Growth must be intentional and purposeful, not accidental or passive.
    • Misconceptions about spiritual growth, such as equating it with the absence of sin or consistent religious activities.
    • The danger of using wrong measures for spiritual growth, leading to depression or deception.
    • The importance of the heart’s condition in true spiritual growth.
    • Spiritual growth is measured by love and dedication to God, not just by actions or religious disciplines.

Section 4: Concluding Thoughts on Spiritual Growth

  • Main Points:
    • Emphasizes the importance of the heart over actions in spiritual growth.
    • Encourages a personal and passionate relationship with God as the true measure of growth.
    • Highlights the necessity of understanding and embracing God’s love as the foundation for growth.