Our Growth Strategy
No one learns to walk overnight. We learn to walk by taking steps--one at a time. The same is true in your spiritual walk. No one develops into a mature believer overnight. It takes time. It requires a series of steps that need to be taken one step at a time.
At First Baptist we have developed a strategy to help you grow spiritually. We call our strategy the "Steps to Growth" strategy. Our Steps to Growth are based on the six basic spiritual needs that every individual has:
- A personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- A consistent expression of worship
- A church to belong to
- A place to serve with your spiritual gift
- A process of spiritual growth
- A ministry to help others grow
The first spiritual need every person has is the need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In John 3:3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that a person cannot see the kingdom of God unless they are "born again." You cannot have spiritual growth until you've had a spiritual birth.
The second spiritual need we have is the need to worship God. Worship enables us to develop an intimate relationship with God that we call fellowship. God created each of us to know him and to experience him in intimate fellowship. Worshiping God privately and publicly helps us grow spiritually.
A third spiritual need we all share is a church family to belong to. The church is to your spiritual growth what the school room is to your intellectual growth. The church is simply an "environment" created to accentuate your spiritual growth. A Christian that doesn't belong to a church family is like a soldier without a troop, an athlete without a team, or a child without a family. If you really want to grow spiritually, you need a church family to belong to.
The fourth spiritual need shared by all people is the need to serve God with their spiritual gift. If you really want to grow spiritually, you need to exercise your spiritual gifts, passions, and talents in ministry. Service is to spiritual growth what exercise is to physical growth. A non-serving Christian is a contradiction in terms. If we are truly "Christ-like," then serving should be a priority in our lives.
A fifth spiritual need we all have for growth is to be in a process of discipleship for spiritual maturity. Spiritual growth is not automatic. It takes an intentional process of growth. As we grow spiritually, we grow from infants in Christ to adults in Christ through a process of development. If we really want to grow spiritually, we need a plan for development.
The last basic spiritual need we all have is the need to help others grow spiritually. We all know that we learn the most by teaching others. Just as a mature parent is responsible for helping their children grow, a mature believer is called to help younger believers take steps of spiritual growth.