Fogbo Unit 10a

                                                                           Spiritual Growth and Worship
 
Syllabus for Spiritual Growth and Worship

1. Assignment: Look up all references given, and summarize them.
We must keep in mind that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards, and not ours or the worlds. Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God. See what you can learn of Godís hearts desire for you.

2. Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit.
Evaluate your Spiritual growth and worship to see where you are and how you can grow more.
  
Table of Content by Subject 

Spiritual Growth and Worship. Our need and result of cooperation with the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

Principles of Spiritual growth. 
Spiritual growth requires submission.    
Spiritual growth requires separation.
Spiritual growth results in SERVICE.
Spiritual growth takes SUFFERING.
Spiritual growth produces PEACE,  
Spiritual growth produces JOY
Spiritual growth produces HOPE,  
Spiritual Growth Is an Element of Worship.
Self test
 

 Spiritual Growth And Worship Unit 10

 

THE PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH. Starts with SALVATION it is the beginning of spiritual growth. "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God," Heb. 6:1 

Consider: John 3:5-7; Eph.1:1-14  "Would have all" 1 Tim. 2:3-4 "Whosoever" Rom. 10:13; John 3:16 "If any" Rev. 3:20 "As many as" John 1:12-13

Spiritual growth is limited by our commitment to Him.  "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Pet. 3:15  

Consider: Rom. 6:1-18; Gal. 2:20

 

Spiritual growth is God's will, individually and collectively. "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Eph. 4:15-16  

Consider: Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 4:13; 2 Pet 1:2-8, 3:11, 18
 
Spiritual growth requires SUBMISSION (obedience - Lordship).

To God the Father:  "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:7-8

Consider: Rom. 6:13

To God the Son: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"  John 10:27 

Consider: Luke 6:46

To God the Holy Spirit: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Rom. 8:14  

Consider: Gal.5:16-18 cf Eph. 5:17-18
 
To God given authority in the home:  "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." 1 Cor. 1:1-3  

Consider: Eph. 5:22-23; Col.3:18
 
To God given authority in the Church:  "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation."  Heb. 13:7

Consider: Heb.13:17


To God given authority in civil government: "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God." 1 Pet. 2:13-16

Consider: Mat. 22:19-21; Rom. 13:1-7; Col. 3:22-24,

Spiritual growth requires SEPARATION. (sanctification)

 To Christ: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Pet. 3:15 

Consider: Eph. 6:6
 
From apostates: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." Rom. 16:17-18 

Consider: 1 Cor. 5:11; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; read Rev. chpt. 2 & 3

From the world: "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."  John 15:18-19  

Consider: John 17:16; James 4:4 

Separation is not a matter of religious dogmas, but of position in Christ, and His Word. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7

Consider: John 17:17; Psa.119:63
 
Spiritual growth results in SERVICE. Requires Dedication:  "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;"  Phil. 3:7-10

Consider: Phil. 2:5-10; 2 Cor. 5:14-15

Requires Preparation: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" 2 Tim. 2:15

Consider: 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Jer. 9:24; 2 Pet. 1:2-8

Requires Consecration: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20 

Consider: Rom.12:1-2; 1 Cor. 6:19-20
 
Requires Application:  "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." James 1:22

Consider: 1 John 2:6; John 15:16; Mat. 28:18-20
 
Spiritual growth takes SUFFERING. "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Pet. 5:10-11

Consider: 2 Cor. 12:2-10

For Christ:  "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. "Math. 5:11-12

Consider: John 15:18-21; Acts 9:16; 1 Cor. 4:10; Phil. 1:12-17

For others: "Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me." Phil. 2: 17-18

Consider: Rom. 14:21; 1 Cor. 10:24; 2 Cor. 1:1-10

For doing right:  "For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:" 1 Pet. 2:20-23
 
Spiritual growth produces PEACE, but not the peace of the world. Our peace is in Christ:  "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

Consider: Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:14

Our peace in Christ's victory:  "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Consider: 1 John 5:4

Our peace in God's family: "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." Col.3:1 5

Consider: Mark 9:50
 
The peace of Jesus has nothing to do with the circumstances those of His find themselves in, and so it passes the understanding of the world. "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7

Consider: Mat. 10:13, 34

Spiritual growth produces JOY, in the heart of the Christian, as a result of abiding in Christ and His Word:  "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." John 15:10-11  

Consider: John 15:7 cf 16:24

As a result of fellowship with God:  "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." 1 John 1:3-4

Consider: John 17:3

As a result of the growth of others: "And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all." 2 Cor. 2:3 

Consider: 2 Cor. 2:4-11

As a result of serving others:  "Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me." Phil. 2:17-18 

Consider: Acts 20:24

As a result of suffering with Christ: "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified." 1 Pet. 4:12-14

Consider: 1 Cor. 2:9
 
Spiritual growth produces HOPE, not a wish but an expectancy of the fulfillment of the immutable Word and work of God. HOPE through the knowledge of Christ and His work in our lives: "Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel."  Mark 5:19-20

Consider: John 9:16-34; 1 Cor. 6:9-12; 2 Cor. 1:2-7, 5:17
 
HOPE through the knowledge of our position in and through Him:

1. Adopted as God's child.  John 1:12-13
2. Free from the bondage of Satan. Rom. 6:6-22
3. Glorified with Christ. John 17:21-23; Rom. 8:16-18
 
HOPE through the knowledge of Christ's resurrection: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," 1 Pet. 1:3   

Consider: 1 Cor. 15:12-23; 2 Cor. 4:14

HOPE through the promise of His coming: "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:1-3  

Consider: 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13

HOPE through His immutable Word:  "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."  Rom. 8:24

Consider: Heb. 6:13-20; 11:1-2
 
Spiritual growth manifests LOVE. A selfless love, that is first Holy and Righteous, and demonstrates His Mercy and Grace. Only such love manifest Christ in the world. This is the fulfillment of spiritual growth. It is the development of the gift of the Spirit working in us, to its fullest potential, the image of Christ. "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." 1 John 4:17

Consider: 1 Cor. Chapt. 13; Gal. 5:22-26; 1 John 4:7-13

The gift of Love: is given to everyone born of the Spirit.  It is that love that motivates us to submit to God. It is that love that motivates us to separate from the world to the Lord. It is that love that motivates us to serve Him. It is that love that motivates us to suffer for Him. It is God's unconditional and sacrificial love for us that gives us our peace and joy and hope in Him. It is all the work of His gift of love in us, for Him and others, Amen.  Praise God we have such a God, Amen.

All God's children can grow to the fullness of Christ, because their growth is not dependent on them, but in the integrity of God, and the work of the Holy Spirit to bring us into the will of God in us and through us:  "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Rom. 8:21-31   

Consider: Eph. 3:16-20, 4:13; 1 Thes 5:24; Heb. 12:5-14

Spiritual growth is all the work of the Holy Spirit.

1. By Reprove: (to bring conviction) "And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged." John 16:8-11 

He does this through the Word of God.

Consider: 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Rom. 10:13-17; Heb.4:12

2. By Drawing: (through the heart "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44

Consider: Mat. 16:13-17 cf John 1:41-42; Acts 2:37-40

3. By securing us as God's child:  "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." Eph.1:13-14

Consider: Eph.1:3-7

4. By teaching us through the Word of God: "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." 1 Cor. 2:13  

Consider: John 14:26; 16:13; Luke 12:12; 2 Tim. 3:16-17

5. By conforming us to the image of Christ:  "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Rom. 8:29  

Consider: 2 Cor. 5:17; Col.3:10; 2 Pet. 1:2-8

(a) He conforms us through God's Word: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Rom.12:1-2  

Consider: 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:2-8

(b) Through the fruit of the Spirit, as we abide in Christ and His Word: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Gal. 5:22-23 

Consider: John 15:1-11; 1 Cor. Chapt. 13

6. He intercedes for us in our prayers:  "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." Rom. 8:26-27  

Consider 2 Cor. 12:5-10, James 4:3

7. He Empowers us:

(a) To live for Him. "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."  2 Cor. 12:9-10   

Consider: Eph. 3:16 cf Isa. 40:31, 41:10

(b) To serve Him. "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8  

Consider: Mat. 10:18-20; Acts 4:18-33; 1 Cor. 1:25-31

(c) Through gifts for service.  "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" Eph. 4:11-13    

Consider: Rom.12:6; 1 Cor. 4:7, 12:4

All the Holy Spirit's work in us, is so He can work through us, to others. The Holy Spirit is limited in His work through us by our free will to accept or reject His leading. He must work on us before He can work through us to others.  Hebrews 12:5-14 "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:"

In the light of the wonderful God we have, we must remember: not to give Him free will in our lives, is grieving the Spirit. To hinder the Spirit is to quench the Spirit, God forbid we do such!" 1 Thes. 5:19  "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." Heb. 10:29-30
 
Spiritual Growth Is an Element of Worship, but what is worship? An act of paying honor to a deity: Religious reverence and homage.  To honor by prostrating yourself or bow down or to, kneeling to or follow after as God. Anything that becomes the focal point of your life, consumes your thoughts, and desires.  That in which you place unconditional trust and dependency. What do people worship?  Idols, statues, pictures, places where something special took place.  Sometimes other people, family, sports hero's, actors, singers, political or military hero's.  Sometimes money or material possessions such as land, homes, cars, boats, etc. Sometimes a place of authority where they can lord over others, or a business of their own. Any of the above, becomes the object of your worship and your god when your life revolves around them. Many things considered worship are only a part of worship. Such as going to church services, singing hymns, participating in ordinances like baptism, or having the Lord's Table. [communion] While all have their place as religious acts, they are not true worship in themselves, they must be the result of something far more important.

True worship is an act of living for the one you worship.  True worship is a total commitment out of love to that ones will and way of life. "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." 2 Cor. 5:14-15

 True worship is a total commitment to life united with the one you worship." I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

True worship grows in direct proportion to your love for the Lord, and spiritual growth. The more you know your Lord the more you love Him, and want to know about Him. The more you love Him, the more time you spend in His Word. [Thatís when God talks to you] The more you love Him, the more you are willing to be submissive to His will for your life. The more you love Him, the more you praise Him for all He is, and has done for you. The more you love Him, the more of your life you want Him to have. The more you love Him, the more you want to tell others of Him. The more you love Him, the more you pray. [Thatís when you talk to God]. The more you love Him, the more you want to serve Him. All of these are true worship, apart from these, religious acts alone are not worship at all.

Self test: on Spiritual Growth and worship.
These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on God's Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing

Things to Consider:
Q1. What limits the spiritual growth of the believer?
Q2. In what way does submission relate to your spiritual growth?
Q3. In what way does separation relate to your spiritual growth?
Q4. In what way does service relate to your spiritual growth?
Q5. What is meant by "suffering for Jesus"?
Q6. Why is suffering necessary for your spiritual growth?
Q7. What effect does spiritual growth have in regard to our circumstances, and those who watch us in them? Answer this question in the light of 2 Cor. 3:2, 4:3-4, 6:1-10; 1 John 4:17
Q8. If spiritual growth is the evidence of having the Holy Spirit as God's child, (Rom. 8:14) what does the lack of spiritual growth indicate? Answer this question in the light of John 14:24, 15:1-6.
Q9. In what is my hope established?
Q10. In what way is love related to spiritual growth?
Q11. What is the goal of the Holy Spirit, and what does it require of the believer?
Q12. What assurance do you have of being in the perfect will of God from this study?
Q13. What is worship?
Q14. How do others know what you worship?
Q15. What has the most effect on worship?
Q16. What have you discovered about your worship?
Q17. What is the relationship between Spiritual Growth and Worship?
Q18. How important is worship?
Q19. In what way will this study effect your worship?

You are now ready to study Gods Pattern for the Understanding the enemy. Unit 11

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28  ď And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Ē   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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