Adult Education
Leader: Pastor René Devantier

Adult Education/Spiritual Growth –

Once upon a time an angel entered the storehouse of heaven and announced, "I've run out of the fruits of the spirit — love, joy and peace — can you restock me?"

"Oh no!" said the guardian. "We don't stock fruit here. Only seeds!"

In this day of instant coffee, instant pudding, instant replays, instant pictures, instant loans and instant debt, some Christians want to skip the growth process. We want instant sainthood — not seeds, but fruit! We want to be grown up, but we don't want to grow up.

The Reader's Digest section entitled "Pardon, your slip is showing" quotes a church announcement: "Spiritual growth is postponed until September." They said more than they intended. What do you say? Are you postponing Spiritual growth?

If there were a yardstick to measure the spirit,
And you could record all the past;
I wonder what answer you'd find to this question:
Are you taller this year than last?
(anonymous poem paraphrased)

Christ does not intend that you be saved, sanctified, and petrified. He gives you freedom to be what you are with the hope of becoming what you were meant to be.

You can't even know what you are until you know what you are becoming. You can't know the tadpole unless you know the frog. You can't know the caterpillar until you know the butterfly. You can't know the Christian until you know the glorified saint (1 John 3:1-3).

Beware of postponing the growth process until September — or until you die. Don't count on death to do for you than what you are unwilling to do for yourself with God's help here and now.

Increasing in your knowledge and understanding of God's Word, increasing in your practice of Christ-like qualities, and increasing in your faith and trust in God. Perhaps the best summary of spiritual growth is becoming more like Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul says, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of what it truly means to be spiritual.

Learning how to grow spiritually is a life-long journey which occurs as you read and apply God's Word to your life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teaches us, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." In order for spiritual growth to occur, we must be taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained by God's Word. Then we will be thoroughly equipped for every good work. This is the essence of spiritual growth.

Here are some opportunities you can use to grow this fall:

Please come back to check out this page and find all of the learning opportunities we will offer this fall...

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