Happy February friends! Can you believe that January has already come and gone? Me neither! At the start of the year, I encouraged you to do something to challenge yourself spiritually this year (see previous blog posts for suggestions).
I have one final suggestion listed below:
Attend or Begin a Bible Study, Small Group or Accountability Group Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22
Meeting together with a small group of people is a sure-fire way to accelerate your spiritual growth!
- First of all, in a small group setting, you can ask questions and interact more personally than you can at a church service.
- Also, relationships develop where you can learn from each other.
- Another reason small groups are important is you have the opportunity to show Christ’s love to those in your group, whether they are easy to love or not. As a side note, studies show that you don’t like 10% of the people you meet. So . . . if you are in a small group with 10 people, chances are one of them will rub you the wrong way. That’s OK, it’s just an opportunity to show Christ’s love to those “Extra Grace Required” type people. You can learn more about truly being like Jesus with “EGR’s” than those that are easy for you to love.
- Finally, small groups help you to not just “listen to the Word” but to put it into practice.
Most likely, there is some type of small group or Bible study that you can find, either at your own church or at another church. However, if there isn’t, maybe the Holy Spirit is nudging your spirit to begin one.
So, there you have it, seven practical suggestions of ways you could spiritually challenge yourself this year. By its very definition, a challenge is something that is difficult to do. Are you up for a spiritual challenge this year? Would you like 2015 to be the year that you can look back on as one with marked growth in your spiritual life?? Prayerfully consider implementing one (or more) of these suggestions. Then get started and STICK WITH IT!! Find a friend who will join you and help hold you accountable. You can do it! Thankfully, God will help you. His Spirit will empower you to. As you take on a spiritual challenge, you will be changed from the inside out. Every bit of effort you put towards your spiritual growth reaps both earthly and eternal rewards.
I am cheering you on and praying for determination and discipline for each of us in 2015. As we take this “spiritual challenge” together, we will grow closer to Christ and become more like Him!
I believe the best in you and for you!
Your Friend in Ministry,