Why is Spiritual Growth Important?
One of our Imagine goals is to provide a clear plan for long-term spiritual growth. Why is spiritual growth important? Spiritual growth is a lot like our physical growth. If you were growing older in age, but were not growing physically, you would know that you were not well. The same is true for Christians. If you become a born-again Christian and do not grow spiritually each year, then you are not well spiritually.
Growth is necessary for human bodies and it is just as necessary for our spiritual bodies. The Bible emphasizes the importance of spiritual growth.
Colossians 1:9-10 (NIV)
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Ephesians 4:11-15 (NIV)
So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
How Can I Grow Spiritually?
For a person to grow physically, it takes food and exercise. It also takes “food” and “exercise” for a Christian to grow spiritually. The Word of God is the Christian’s spiritual food. At First Baptist Carrollton, we have several discipleship classes that you can be a part of to help you in your personal spiritual growth. It is not too late to join in on any of these studies.
In-depth Bible Studies
The Word – All-Church Bible Study
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Parlor
The Word is an all-church Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Parlor. Dr. Brent Taylor will be leading a study on the book of Philippians.
Suffering and Rewards: A Study of 2 Corinthians
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm in Room 105
This class, taught by Dr. Ken Barker, is a verse-by-verse practical exposition of 2 Corinthians and deals with the joys, sufferings, and rewards of Christian service, with a special focus on principles for giving.
Redeemed! A Study of Exodus
Sundays, 4:45 – 5:45 pm in Room 107
This class, taught by Dr. Ken Barker, is a verse-by-verse practical exposition of the book of Exodus and deals with the plagues on Egypt, the Passover, the exodus, the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai, the tabernacle and its furniture, etc.
Life Training Classes
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm in Room 101
This 13-week class, facilitated by Rita Martin, is designed to help people grieving the loss of a loved one to understand their grief and to share with others in the grieving process. Grief and mourning are natural and unique experiences. Sharing these experiences with others can be helpful.
Women’s Bible Studies
David: Seeking a Heart Like His
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am & 6:30 – 8 pm in Room 102
This 11-week study by Beth Moore will explore how David’s life proves that God will never give up on us. In this examination of the “man after God’s own heart,” David will delight and disappoint you. You’ll want to be just like him at times and nothing like hi m at others. If you’ve ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, family problems, or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you!
Me, Myself, and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm in Room 100
This 7-week study, led by Beverly Anderson, is written by Jennifer Rothschild. Me, Myself, and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover encourages women to clean out the junk in their minds and replace hidden negative thoughts with positive truths from God’s Word. Words are powerful, especially the words women speak to themselves. According to Rothschild, what we think about often has a ripple effect on nearly every area of our lives.
Spanish Bible Study
Tuesdays, 6 – 8 pm in House D
This class is led by Beth Bermudez and is an on-going class of various books of the Bible taught in Spanish.
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Cutting Edge Bible Study
Every other Saturday, 7 – 8 am in Room 102
The class meets every other Saturday and is a basic discipleship course for men. Contact Tom Wharton at 972.492.8804 for more information.
Other Bible Studies
Forerunners’ Bible Study – Senior Adults Study
Tuesdays, 9:15 – 10:30 am in the Parlor
Led by Matt Fry, this study is for men and women ages 55+, but all ages are welcome. Please contact Nan Cannon at email@example.com or 972.512.3815 for more information.
Soul Mates – Newly Marrieds’ Study
Every other Monday, 7 – 9 pm at the home of Mark & Marilyn Nesbit
Soul Mates is for couples who are sharing the exciting and challenging stage of life that is being engaged or newly married. Join us every other Monday night as we build lasting relationships with our mates, with other couples, and ultimately with Christ. This study is facilitated by Wes & Georgia Rutherford and Mark & Marilyn Nesbit.
Off-Campus Adult Study
Mondays, 7 – 8 pm, at the home of Mickey & Sandra Morgan
A weekly Bible study for anyone wanting to attend in a home environment.
For information on any of these studies, call our Adult Discipleship Office at 972.512.3840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.