The early church was a “gospelling” band of people. They spoke the Gospel. When the believers were driven out of Jerusalem because of the persecution after Stephen’s martyrdom, they “went about preaching the word” – literally, “evangelizing or gospelling the word” (Acts 8:4). The Gospel was on their lips in all their new relationship. Their self-identity was “proclaimers”: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Freely they had received. Freely they gave. ~ John Piper
The most practical and powerful way to get believers headed in the direction of spiritual maturity is to help them establish habits that promote spiritual growth.
As we open this episode of the Transformed Podcast, we are here today to help you develop the spiritual growth habits you need to develop yourself into all Jesus longs for you to become!
Being a disciple certainly requires discipline. At Eagles In Leadership, we believe these habits are to be enjoyed rather than endured. We don’t want you to be afraid of the spiritual exercises that will strengthen and develop them.
Of course, there are dozens of good habits we need to develop as we grow to maturity. In this series, we are going to talk about the foundational habits that must be learned first in order to grow.
We cannot talk about character without talking about habits. As Dr. Smith teaches his students at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California, he wants to remind you that character is the way we habitually act.
Would you like to help spread the word by sharing this message? Perhaps you would you consider sharing this message with a friend? God longs to release the captives of our culture into the freedom of faith. Thank you for your consideration!
Have you heard about Dr. Smith’s newest book? If you want to make an impact in your community, county, country or continent, Dr. Smith has written a new book to help you accomplish your dreams!
Gathering Missional Leaders is a guided study that explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!
Gathering Missional Leaders was born as a field manual, a how-to guide to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.
Today’s episode was recorded live in Bell Gardens, California and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Los Angeles, California.
And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!