Growing as a Christian

growaschristianBeing a Christian is not about doing or saying the right things. It is about a vital, personal relationship with God. As you start out, you will probably have questions-and maybe even some doubts-about this relationship. The responses to the questions below will help you work through these issues.

How do I know that Christ is in my life?

Jesus assures us many times in the in the Bible that if we put our trust in Him and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, He will be faithful to respond and enter into relationship with us.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.” (Revelation 3:20)

If you have prayed and invited Jesus to be the centre of your life, you have no reason to doubt that He will do what He has promised.

Do I have eternal life?

The Bible promises eternal life to every person who receives Jesus Christ.

“The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1John 5:11-13).

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). On the basis of this promise, you can know that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him into your life.

How can I grow as a Christian?

Spiritual growth results from trusting in Jesus Christ. “The righteous man shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11). A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life. To help facilitate your spiritual growth, practice the following:

  • G – Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7)
  • R – Read the Bible daily (Acts 17:11), beginning with the Gospel of John.
  • O – Obey God moment-by-moment (John 14:21)
  • W – Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19, John 15:8)
  • T – Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7)
  • H – Holy Spirit: Allow Him to control and empower your daily life (Galatians 5:16, 17; Acts 1:8)

Why do my feelings about God keep changing?

You might have expectations about how you should feel after placing your trust in Christ. While feelings are important, they are unreliable indicators of your sincerity or the trustworthiness of God’s promise. Our feelings change easily, but God’s Word and His character remain constant. The promises of the Bible, not our feelings, is our authority. The Christian lives by faith in the trustworthiness of God and His Word.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

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16 Responses to “Growing as a Christian”

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    An important sentence in that article on living a Spirit-filled life says “As we walk in the Spirit, we have the ability to live a life pleasing to God.” Nothing could be more important! What such a life looks like is ever-increasing amounts of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” in our inner self and in dealing with other people. As you grow in the Spirit, you can look back at your life 1 or 2 years ago, and see how you have changed for the better in these areas. I encourage you to journal your spiritual pathway so you can see this and be encouraged to be even more Spirit-led. Blessings to all.

  • Wangkhem says:

    Thank for these words… Wangkhem

  • Michael Jantzen Michael Jantzen says:

    Hi Hasoloan. I’m glad you were blessed by this article. Yes, please feel free to share it. Take care.

  • hasoloan says:

    Tks for your inspiring Gospel sharing, May I please share this to a group of young people who are going on a retreat ? Tks

  • Kate says:

    Thanks for the encouragement JohnT

  • johnt says:

    Thank you ever so much – i was searching for information under the topic of growth as part of my preparation for our Bible study at the church this evening. the information is valid & to the point since it points at the right target – the word of God. the only reliable provision.

    may the Lord keep you & i faithful to the end in Jesus’ name!

  • Sharon says:

    good article thank you for posting this much appreciated

  • nate says:

    Thank you

  • Lauren Jamie says:

    That is great Alfred that you have that desire to live life under the control of Jesus. You are right, there are so many forces that are going to work against that desire of yours. The key is living by the Spirit of God. Have a look at this site which talks about the Spirit-filled life http://powertochange.com/experience/spiritual-growth/spiritfilledlife

  • alfred kago says:

    Am really encouraged by this site. i want to live for Christ but the forces of the world keep on pushing everyday. Am also forgetful to the word of God whenever taught by my good pastor. Sexual sin is the big challenge. What can i do to stop this. Am not married

  • Doris Beck Doris says:

    These are some great things to be aware of as we encourage a new believer to grow in their faith.

  • dfgfh says:

    i am very proud of these words

  • Matteo Corsi says:

    I really enjoy the blog article.Much thanks again. Cool.

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  • Phuong says:

    this was great but I wanted to ask where I can get a copy of the booklet entitled:
    “The Four Spiritual Laws”

    thanks great article

  • Nicole says:

    This was such a great article!! It was so reassuring and clearly explained. thank you!!

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