It’s humorous to see them walking about in too large shoes or 1 THE SIX SPIRITUAL GROWTH HABITS by Andy Manning The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:11, Grow to maturity. The Need for Spiritual Growth a. Spiritual growth is a similar concept but is far more important. Spiritual Truths Often Cannot be Addressed because Immature Christians Cannot Comprehend them. Study 9 THE HINDRANCES TO A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE. about growing up spiritually, about reaching spiritual maturity, about becoming a full grown man spiritually. We have a growth process much like a tree – getting people rooted in their faith, developing the disciplines for spiritual maturity, and discovering their purpose for fruit productivity. State what caused the people’s retarded spiritual condition in Hebrews 5:12. Let us first understand that growing spiritually is no easy task. Spiritual growth (like emotional maturity) occurs only when we choose to grow-- If we do not make that choice, and stick to it, there will be no spiritual growth! As time passes, he should develop the qualities or abilities, which the Growth is development or improvement toward a goal called "maturity" (or, in the Bible, "perfection"). And the Bible teaches that there is a striking similarity between spiritual development and physical development. Vs. 11 In the verse where Jesus refers to the vine and the branches, He says, “He who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The new birth begins a time of spiritual childhood. In my book, How to Live a Fabulous Life in Christ I wrote about 10 obstacles to spiritual growth such as patience,spiritual bondage and many other internal oppositions to getting closer to God. —Bruce Demarest 1 So my form of worship and my style of prayer and my focus in service easily shapes the pattern First, we must grow spiritually because God tells us … [To encourage us to make the right choice regarding spiritual growth, consider that "Spiritual Growth Programs become outdated, expensive to run, ineffective, exhausting to volunteers, and unfamiliar to guests. Wrong Timing Objective 1. Growth is God’s gift to us. When one is "born again" as a child of God, he is spiritually immature. that hinder spiritual growth. 6. This article will present spiritual growth not as something to achieve by depending on our own strength, but by depending on God. Spiritual growth is a lifelong process (Phil 3:10-15), and we must purpose to persistently and consistently “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” I. Paradigms: Barriers To Spiritual Growth It takes great strength and courage to move out of our comfort zones and claim new ground spiritually. And in fact, our greatest potential for growth lies in our areas of weakness. Today I want to take a step back and look at some real life external factors as hindrances to spiritual growth. And so, the expectation for spiritual growth is presented by saying in verse 1 of chapter 6, “LEAVING THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, LET US GO ON UNTO PERFECTION.” OBSERVE FOUR CLEAR COMPONENTS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH: A. Gods will is for you to grow to maturity, living as a fully devoted, fully functioning, full court follower of Jesus Christ. 5. Emphasizing meetings rather than ministry. It speaks of at least three stages in spiritual development which correspond to three stages Have you ever seen children “dressing up” in adult clothes or pretending to be grown-up? God wants us to grow. THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Francis Dixon (Scripture Portion: Ephesians 5:1-33) Our study of this searching theme places a heavy responsibility on us all.