Self-Help Quiz for Spiritual Growth by Tim Ayers

by Tim Ayers

Each Christian is responsible for spiritual improvement and growth. No one else can do it for you. Others can help, but each of us must accept our personal accountability. Peter admonished the people on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem, “Save yourselves” (Acts 2:40Open Link in New Window). Paul wrote, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12Open Link in New Window). Peter wrote, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18Open Link in New Window). We need to give serious attention to the following questions, and let them help us to grow mature in Christ.

Am I the person I ought to be? In 2 Peter 3:11Open Link in New Window, the apostle wrote, “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness?” First, we should be Christians. That is the most important matter for everyone to take care of. Then, after you have obeyed the first principles of the gospel to be born into God’s family, take your place in God’s kingdom. Each of us has personal abilities and opportunities unique to each one, and we must take advantage of and use these for God’s glory. “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31Open Link in New Window).

Do I respect Bible authority? Peter wrote, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11Open Link in New Window). John told us that we must remain within the bounds of scripture, the “doctrine of Christ,” or we no longer have a relationship with God (2 John 9Open Link in New Window). Anyone who does not care what God’s will is cannot succeed in spiritual growth. After all, how else is that growth going to occur, except by continual study of the word? Read 2 Timothy 2:15Open Link in New Window and Romans 10:17Open Link in New Window.

Am I willing to make sacrifices for the cause of Christ? This is a real earmark of maturity in Christ. Paul was willing to give up all for Jesus, even those things that he previously had thought were so important (Philippians 3:4-15Open Link in New Window). The Macedonians “first gave their own selves to the Lord” (2 Corinthians 8:5Open Link in New Window). After that, they found it easier to give “beyond their power,” even though they were in “deep poverty” (2 Corinthians 8:2-3Open Link in New Window).

Do I understand the true nature and mission of the church? Read these passages to see God’s purpose for the church: Ephesians 3:9-11, 21Open Link in New Window; 5:25-27. The church will be presented to Christ, but in a condition that requires personal character development on the part of each member. Since the church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1Open Link in New WindowColossians 1Open Link in New Window), the Christians who compose it should be doing what He did while He was here on earth, i.e., seeking the lost (Luke 19:10Open Link in New Window). Are we?

Am I becoming more spiritually mature? Several passages in the scripture encourage us to grow up and not remain as babes in Christ (e.g., Hebrew 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 14:10Open Link in New Window; 16:13; Ephesians 4:14Open Link in New Window).
Read and study God’s word every day, and you can “grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15Open Link in New Window).

Taken From South West Church of Christ Website http://swcofc.org/

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