Principles for Christian Growth

A believer should consistently cultivate a personal relationship with God (Dt. 6:4; 10:12; Php. 3:7-11) through personal discipline (Ps. 55:17; 63:1; Dan. 6:10) that develops from wholehearted reliance upon the enabling of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16, 25; Jn. 15:4-5; Eph. 5:18). A healthy relationship with God necessitates maintaining a clean conscience (Ps. 24:3-5; 1 Tim. 1:19) – being ready to confess known sin both to God (1 Jn. 1:9) and to fellow man as necessary (Jam. 5:16). It necessitates regular reading (Dt. 6:6-9; Ps. 119:18), studying (Ac. 17:11; 2 Tim. 2:15-16; Heb. 5:12), memorizing (Ps. 119:11) and meditating (Ps. 1:2; Josh. 1:8; Ps. 119:97; Jn. 15:7; Col. 3:16) upon the Word of God. It necessitates prayer of all kinds, including praise, thanksgiving, requests, intercession, both individually and corporately (Mt. 6:9-13; 18:19-20; Lk. 18:1; Ac. 10:2; Eph. 6:18; 1 Tim. 2:1). Ultimately, a vibrant walk with God will result in Christ-like behavior (2 Cor. 3:18; Php. 2:5; 1 Pt. 2:21) that manifests the glory of God (Mt. 5:16; 1 Cor. 6:20; 10:31; 2 Cor. 4:7) and serves others (Mt. 22:39; Mk. 10:43-45; Gal. 5:13; Php. 2:4) in submission and obedience to His will (Pr. 3:5-6; Rom. 12:1-2).

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