7 Basic Principles for Growing in God

By Kevin Shindoll – Link

1. Bible Reading

  • Read the New Testament First
  • I recommend the King James Version of the Bible. You can use other translations for reference.
  • Endeavor to read the Bible through in the next 12 months. Reading only three chapters daily and five on Sunday will accomplish this goal. Approximately 15 minutes a day. Or you can use a One Year Bible or a Bread Chart.
  • Commit to memory inspirational and salvation-related verses.
  • Take your Bible with you to Church services. Find the verses that the minister cites.

2. Prayer

  • Make Prayer a Daily Affair
  • Pray with your family
  • Develop the ability to pray at length. Do not be discouraged if you cannot at first, for this comes through practice, experience, and perseverance.
  • Go to church early and pray before every service.
  • God hears and answers prayer. Never be dismayed or doubtful if your prayers are not answered when and how you want them to be.
  • Lookup passages of Scripture relating to prayer and obey them.
  • In times of sickness, obey James5:13-18 by calling for the pastor and elders of the church to pray for you.

3. Fasting

Traditional Food Fast

  • Fasting is simply doing without food, or both food and water for a period of time.
  • Commit yourself to fast on regular basis. It is healthy both spiritually and physically.
  • Occasionally go on extended fasts, that is more than one day at a time.
  • When your pastor calls for a time of fasting, observe it if there is any way possible.

Other Recommendations for “Fasting”

  • A Daniel Fast
  • Media Fast
  • Special Activity Fast – i.e hobbies etc … 

4. Church Attendance

  • Commit to one church. Do not run from church to church. (no church is perfect)
  • Attend each regular service
  • Attend each special service.
  • Participate, worship, and get involved in the church service.

5. Invest

Invest Yourself – Get Involved

1. Witness

  • Tell others what Christ has done for you
  • Your greatest witness is the life you live 
  • Learn to teach a Bible Study
  • Show a Christian spirit in your demeanor.
  • Show friendliness to all guests in our services



2. Take an interest in the church property; help clean, paint, build, and so on.

3. There is something you can do. Pray, enquire and be diligent until you discover a way to be invloved. 

4. Invest Your Finances

  • Tithe
  • Offering
  • Missions
  • Building Fund

6. Love the Ministry

  • Your pastor is your spiritual bishop (Acts20:28, ITimothy3:1-7).

  • Other ministers along with your pastor will dispenses piritual food for your soul’s growth. Receive it with thanksgiving.

  • Perfection and edification will come through the ministry of the Word of God.

  • God’s method for saving people and building their faith is the preaching of the Word of God.

  • Your pastor is set as a watchman for your soul (Ezekiel3:17-21, Acts20:28).

  • Obedience to your pastor is required as long as what he asks is scriptural and right.

  • Esteem and honor true and faithful ministers of the Gospel regardless of their age or position.

7. Build Relationships

1. With Sinners

  • We are to “provide things honest in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:17)
  • If your friends or family are unsaved, endeavor to lead them to Christ by living a holy and godly life before them.
  • God’s people should be the light of the world and the salt of the earth; conduct yourself accordingly.

2. With Saints

  • Be an example to other believers (1 Timothy 4:12-16).
  • Observe the example of other believers (Titus 2:1-5, I Peter 5:3).
  • Expand your circle of friends; have fellowship with all the saints.
  • Become a peacemaker, endeavor for peace (Matthew 5:9, Hebrews 12:14).





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