5 Stages of Christian life:
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The blueprint/milestones of Christian life:
Personal worship: We are called into a relationship with Jesus. In monopoly, we have a card called get out of jail card. Some people treat Jesus like that. But salvation is more than that. It is about having a relationship with Jesus and living for him by serving him. Mark 1:35 - Jesus set the example. But it says very early in the morning when it was still dark, went to a solitary place where he prayed. This time is when we are spending time with the Holy Spirit. Whatever your situation is don’t give up praying. We never outgrow that.
Public worship: meeting together. When you become a child of God, you also get brothers and sisters, “When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,” 1 Corinthians 5:4 ESV “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV. We need to meet to fellowship, partner and share lives together. Not neglecting to meet together means you are in the habit of coming to a meeting. If you’re unwell don’t come. But don’t make a habit of making excuses to not come. Today over ⅓ rd of the church is not there on a Sunday morning. God has called us for a purpose. To make disciples. That requires commitment. “When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,”1 Corinthians 5:4 ESV. There is power when we come together.
Heart worship: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 ESV. Jesus is very clear about your giving. When you put your money into the church your heart will follow. When people are not interested in the things of God, it’s because their treasure is not there. Bring your tithes to the local church. If these things are missing your growth will be stuck. As we obey these things there is a blessing.
Small groups: “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,” Acts 2:46 ESV. Everyone needs to be a part of a small group. We have something called “GYM” - God You and Me. Invest in relationships. Jesus called his disciples to be with him. That is what the gyms are.
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