DO YOU "REFLECT" CHRIST
Message By : Pastor Cherian John Translation By : Pastor Rajinder Kashab
It is true that life still goes on in spite of whatever the condition
maybe. There never is slowdown in the efforts of those yearning
for a better tomorrow. They are constantly on the move. Growth
is essential for everyone. It is an indicator of wellness. However
it is important to have the right perspective about growth. Last
Sunday, Pas. Prem wonderfully highlighted the ingredients of
growing in Christlikeness. It requires spiritual cultivation which
1. Cultivating spiritual growth and maturity (2 Pet. 3:18, Col.
1:28): Christianity is not just a one-time decision which is made
and put aside. There is something wrong about a Christian who
never experiences Christian growth. Spiritual growth leads to
spiritual maturity. The word translated “perfect” in Col. 1:28 is a
word that means “mature, fully grown, complete, or finished.
2. Becoming like Jesus (Rom.28-30): As a Christian, God
ultimately wants us to be “conformed to the likeness of his Son.”
it is pointless knowing the Bible in and out or being a Christian
for fifty years, and not becoming more like Christ in our character.
God wants us to become more like Jesus in character. He
does so through the Holy Spirit living us. The Bible calls this the
fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22, 23). It is not about how far we have
come in Christ, but how big is this fruit in us.
3. Bible, prayer, fellowship and service (Acts 2:42-47; Eph.
4:11-16): These four things that are vital in growing as a Christian.
These were the marks of the early church. The Bible is a
trustworthy guide for life which teaches about God and Christ
and gives the wisdom for making right choices. Prayer is the
lifeline to heaven. Prayer often changes things around us, but
true prayer offered in faith always changes us. Christian growth
cannot take place in isolation. Finally service builds up the body
of Christ until we all reach unity in the faith and become mature.
Each of these areas requires us to grow daily in them.
Friends, when rocky circumstances, misguiding teachings or
crafty and deceitful schemes come our way, it is by being Christ
-like, we would know how to stand our ground and lead others
in the everlasting path.
In His servitude,
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