The Christian church helps believers grow spiritually in 7 areas: worship, teaching, prayer, fellowship, discipleship, service & soul care
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0:00 – INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 – SPIRITUAL GROWTH: BECOMING MORE LIKE JESUS (1 COR. 11:1)
4:08 – THIS TRANSFORMATION IS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT & CAN TAKE PLACE IN 2 WAYS
Spiritual disciplines such as devotional Bible reading, prayer, & fasting
The church acts as a catalyst for spiritual growth
5:05 – SEVEN WAYS THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH HELPS US GROW SPIRITUALLY:
6:11 – 1. WORSHIP: CORPORATE WORSHIP ASCRIBES TO JESUS THE SUPREME WORTH THAT HE ALONE DESERVES (REV. 21:1–22:5)
Worship draws us closer to God & other Christians
7:40 – 2. PREACHING & TEACHING: SCRIPTURE PROVIDES THE CRITICAL INGREDIENTS FOR OUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH (EPH. 4:14).
We learn what the Bible says about Jesus, see the qualities & characteristics of God, & learn what he desires to build in our lives (Matt. 20:27–28)
9:00 – 3. PRAYER: SPIRITUAL GROWTH HAPPENS IN BOTH PRIVATE & CORPORATE PRAYER.
Prayer is our intimate conversation with God
God changes us through prayer.
10:10 – 4. FELLOWSHIP: INTENTIONAL SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS THAT ARE CENTRAL TO CHURCH (ACTS 2:42)
12:35 – 5. DISCIPLESHIP: BEING MENTORED BY A MORE MATURE CHRISTIAN TO BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS
15:15 – 6. SERVICE: WHEN WE SERVE OTHERS IN OUR CHURCH OR THROUGH OUR CHURCH WE LOOK MORE LIKE JESUS (MATT. 16:25)
17: 40 – EVANGELISM IS THE PRIMARY SERVICE TO THE NON-CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Jesus commands we “make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19)
When non-Christians see faith, kindness, & love within a community of Christians, this gives credibility to the reality of God & the truthfulness of Christianity.
19:15 – 7. SOUL CARE: TAKES GOD’S WORDS & APPLIES THEM RIGHT WHERE I AM SUFFERING OR STRUGGLING
The church should be a refuge for hurting people
21:00 – SO WHAT? PRACTICAL TAKEAWAYS
The church provides multiple ways to grow closer to God & live a more Christ-like lifestyle.
But you have to invest yourself in corporate worship & the community of fellow believers!
22:48 – THE CHURCH WAS NOT MADE FOR YOU… YOU WERE MADE FOR THE CHURCH!
21:50 – WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP?
TAKE NOTES: DURING THE NEXT SERMON AT CHURCH & CHANGE SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE
GO SERVE SOMEBODY: IN YOUR CHURCH
23:00 – THANK YOU & WRAP UP