The Bible reveals to us the greatness and goodness of God. The first step to spiritual growth is the willingness to study the Bible. But never before has it been easier to study the Word of God. We have a wide variety of Bible translations in English (with new translations every day).
If English is not your primary language, the Bible has been translated into more than 670 languages. Bible study works together with our daily scripture time. There are no shortcuts to spiritual growth. There is no instant pill I can give you that you can take today and tomorrow you will be spiritually mature.
It won't come automatically or quickly. Above all else, let us always remember the importance of prayer for spiritual growth. Prayer is essential to all of life's challenges. We need the guidance of the Lord.
Pray for wisdom and understanding so that, by studying the scriptures and listening to the messages of your preacher, you will be able to discern the truth that God wants. By the way, remember your pastor in prayer as he brings those messages. This week's Unlocking the Bible features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates. As you can see, the Holy Spirit is powerful, useful and one of the necessary keys to prayer for spiritual growth in the life of a Son of God.
George Barna recently conducted a survey among born-again Christians and found that the biggest impediment standing in the way of their spiritual growth was lack of time, not lack of desire. Even those who have a good knowledge of the scriptures, and who spread the gospel accurately and honestly, can enrich their testimony and understanding through continuous study and instruction of the Bible. The Bible says that God is a spirit and those who worship him should worship him in spirit and in truth, hence the importance of this post. Learn how the Lord wants you to live, through prayer, Bible study, listening to the preaching of the Word, and learning from other Christians.
Because of this reality, many Bibles are found on dusty shelves or in drawers that are rarely read or referenced. But after using the Bible for years and years, it's not uncommon to know where you can find the scriptures, even if you can't remember the book, chapter, and verse, you'll most likely know where on the page it is. We will focus on the Seven Basic Habits that every Christian needs to develop in order to grow to spiritual maturity. For many, the Bible is a fact book or a textbook; it is simply a resource to help people understand past spiritual events and incorporate those facts into their lives.
These resources can help explain confusing statements and interpret the background, culture, and meaning of the biblical text. As a new believer, choosing which Bible to read can seem overwhelming or confusing with so many editions on the market today.