GROWTH LITERATURE……Miles J. Stanford

STUDY STANDARDS

If the Holy Spirit has given you a hunger to grow in the Lord Jesus, He has no doubt been directing much of your Bible study to the deeper truths of Romans, Ephesians, and Colossians. Coupled with this you may have been seeking study material in the realm of spiritual growth.

If, on the negative side, the Spirit has burdened you to be free from the dominion of sin and the old nature, that is something to value very highly and to nourish carefully. If, on the positive side, the Spirit has fostered a yearning in your heart to be conformed to the image of Christ, thankfully cultivate and protect that.

There is no question but that your spiritual development must be based upon personal study of the Word, supplemented by sound growth literature.

GROWING AND SHARING

There are several important reasons for. confining your study of the growth truths to the soundest and most Christ-centered writing that is procurable. First of all, you want God’s very best in your spiritual growth; you hunger to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3;18). Always avoid the secondary!

As you may have discovered, growth calls for a tremendous amount of concentration. Have you noticed the time and work involved? It isn’t that you are dull and slow of comprehension; the fact is that the growth truths require prayerful study, over and over and over again. Therefore it would be foolish to spend time on less than the best.

Another essential factor is that our spiritual growth is not only to be carefully nurtured for the Father’s glory, and for our own benefit, but also for the sake of others. Note what Paul writes to Timothy, and to each of us: “Give attendance to reading”…to doctrine….Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profit may appear to all. Take heed to thyself and unto the doctrine; continue in them” (1 Tim. 4:13,15,16).

When it comes to sharing and recommending growth material, we should maintain just as high a standard for others as for ourselves. There is a blessed ministry for each of, us: (a) by means of our spiritual growth –“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conduct, in love”; (b) by means of sharing–“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, unto which thou hast attained” (1 Tim. 4:12,6).

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