Christian Living Tracts
How to Grow as a Christian (#32)
Bible version used: NIV
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Christians through the ages have discovered that daily worship is essential for spiritual growth. God reveals Himself through the Bible. If you want to grow in your relationship to God, you need to study the Bible and pray. Here is a simple way to organize your daily worship.
READ a portion of Scripture. Select a verse or a passage and read enough so you understand the context of the passage. If you are just starting, begin with a book such as the Gospel of John.
THINK about what you have read. What does this passage say about God, about his love and his redemptive activity? What does it say about Jesus?
What did it say to those who were alive when this was written? Were there things God wanted them to do?
What does this passage mean today? What does it tell you about God and the redemptive work of Jesus in your life and in your world today? Are there things you should change in your life? Because of what you learned from this passage?
Write down what you have learned from this passage.
PRAY, using the Lord’s Prayer as a model.
1. Look up—the look up at God, our Father and the glory due his name leads to worship and gratitude. (Our Father in heaven, may your name and your works be held high in my life and in our world.)
2. Look in—the look in at ourselves leads to confession and petition. (Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven others, give us what we need to live this day, protect us from temptation and evil.)
3. Look around—the look around at others leads to intercession, asking God to move in the hearts of others. (May your reign break forth in the hearts of others, and may you complete your work on earth.)
THE LORD’S PRAYER
“This, then, is how you should pray;
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have
forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”