Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow

Publisher
W

Author
R.C. Sproul

Central Theme
Being a Christian is not an acquired skill or discipline like diving or ice-skating¢â‚¬¦but, like Olympic athletes, Christians are called upon to train, to make sacrifices, to embrace certain disciplines in order to give God ¢â‚¬Ëœour utmost for His highest.’

Overview
R.C. Sproul is a rare blend of scholar and communicator to everyday people. Host of the radio show ¢â‚¬ËœRenewing Your Mind,’ author of over 50 books, he has dedicated a good deal of his energy to the education of laypeople focusing on that gap between Sunday School and Seminary. So after 50 books, why did he write a basic overview of basic spiritual disciplines to help Christians grow? Here’s the story. The CFO of Ligonier Ministries, and one of the smartest, most competent people he knows, told him his stuff was still too theoretical. ¢â‚¬ËœWrite a how to book for mere mortals’ was the basic thrust of her message. And so he did!

In an increasingly complex world this book takes us back to first things: Bible study, prayer, worship, service and stewardship. These are to the Christian what daily training is to the athlete.

Beliefs num
–Christians must exercise discipline to give our utmost for his highest.
–The Bible plays a role in our conversion and spiritual growth.
–Prayer is a duty, privilege and means of grace.
–Worship is serious business, is to done in spirit and truth, requires preparation and is to focus on exhortation and glorifying of God.
–Service is a means of grace, not securing our salvation, but an outgrowth of our gratitude and is to be doe with gratitude not just out of duty.
–God deserves our money and wants it to be given generously, sacrificially, and in faith, with joy.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Why do so few Christians faithfully practice these spiritual disciplines?
–How would our spiritual lives be different if we did?
–If we were created for spiritual life, why does it take so much effort to pursue it?
–How can we pursue these disciplines without it degenerating into a legalistic duty?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Being a Christian is not an acquired skill or discipline like diving or ice-skating¢â‚¬¦but, like Olympic athletes, Christians are called upon to train, to make sacrifices, to embrace certain disciplines in order to give God ¢â‚¬Ëœour utmost for His highest.’
==RCS.
–I am certain I am the only man in history to be converted through Ecclesiastes 11:3b.
==RCS on DSS.
–Son, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
==RCS, father’s last words before he died.
–Read the Bible with a red pen in hand. I suggest you put a question mark next to every passage that is unclear or hard to understand. Likewise, put an X next to every passage that offends you or makes you uncomfortable. Afterwards you can focus on the areas you struggle with. Especially the texts marked with an X. This can be a guide to holiness, as the X’s show us quickly where our thinking is out of line with the mind of Christ.
==RCS.
–The New Testament calls us to a life of discipleship. The word ¢â‚¬Ëœdisciple’ means learner.
==RCS.
–The Christian faith never sees our goal as becoming God or as losing our individual identity by being swallowed up in God. The goal of spiritual growth is not the kind of spiritual union with God that destroys our personalities. Instead, it is a special union in which rich communion takes place.
==RCS.
–Perhaps the richest suggestion I gleaned from Luther’s booklet (A Simple Way to Pray) is to pray through three things: The Lord’s Prayer, The Ten Commandments, and the Apostles Creed.
==RCS.
–The word ¢â‚¬Ëœglory’ in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word ¢â‚¬Ëœkabod.’ Its roots mean literally ¢â‚¬Ëœthat which is weighty or that which is heavy.’ Kabod refers to God’s heaviness or weightiness His transcendent and eternal dignity, which commands instantaneous respect and homage from every creature.
==RCS.
–Hold onto your wallet. See that man over there with the turned around collar? He’s a priest. You always have to hold on to your wallet when a priest or a minister comes near. They’re all out to get your money.
==1947, Sproul’s uncle at RC’s first major league baseball game.

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