‘Growing in Godliness: Journeying with Christ’ is an inspirational book that will help Christians, as well as anyone else, to know Jesus Christ more and establish a personal relationship with Him. This book hopes to help people understand how to grow in godliness and help them in their everyday lives with Christ. This book contains situations from my life and how I was (and still am) able to overcome them with God holding my hand throughout life’s journeys and storms. I pray this book inspires you! I know how difficult it can be walking this journey, it is a narrow path, it can be hard but let’s concentrate on the end result, it leads to life (Matthew 7:13). Things (as in ungodliness, addictions, struggles etc.) may seem hard to stop or get out of, even impossible, but once the Holy Spirit comes upon you, the things of the world you used to love, you will love no more! But we must repent and trust in Jesus Christ! Ask God for His wonderful spirit to live and dwell inside of you. I pray for us all that we will become who God created us to be, to please Him, as we go through life with Him.
For many years author Sheryl Maxey has been recording word pictures in her journal. These glimpses of God's character in everyday images will give you a fresh perspective and renewed hope that God desires to work in the day-to-day experiences in your life. Spend the next forty days seeing God's hand in places you may never have thought to look.+++++++++++++++++There are thousands of devotional guides out there, why pick this one? How do these 40 devotionals stand out? This book written by Sheryl Maxey uses the same teaching motif of our savior Jesus. Sheryl takes our common, everyday experiences and with gifted insight brings a godly perspective to life. I know I will never play Monopoly again without thinking about a stack of "Get out of Jail Free" cards and the grace of God or about how I need to let go to move forward as I am teaching my own children how to use the monkey bars. Growing in Godliness is an effortless read that doesn't hide from some tough subjects such as the goodness of God and the difference between faith and presumption; yet Sheryl explains them so that anyone can understand them. The great German theologian Dietrich Bonheoffer said that if one could not explain God and the Bible in simple terms something was amiss. Sheryl has painted graphic word pictures that express difficult themes and ideas so simply one wonders how they were complex to begin with.Growing in Godliness is inspirational. You'll read the devotionals and become engrossed in the life of people. You can see her friend John dancing with joy in the aisle of the church. You can imagine a family of eight sleeping on the living room floor. These very human stories help us look with grace at each individual uniquely created by the savior, which is how He looks at us!--Pastor Steven Beeman
Over 500,000 copies in print! “Godliness has value for all things.” —1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV) How can you develop godly character? Bestselling author Jerry Bridges says that godliness is more than a character trait: “It is a foundational spiritual quality that makes the entire Christian life dynamic, effective, and pleasing to God.” Growing in godliness is a twofold process. It involves an ever-deepening devotion to God and developing character that is steadily transformed into His likeness. In The Practice of Godliness, the sequel to the popular book The Pursuit of Holiness, readers will learn how laying an inward foundation of God-centeredness will permit them to build an outward structure of godliness. Character formation will never be the same! Discussion guide included.
FELLOWSHIP is our personal heavenly romance with God. He is perfect and does not change. So, we change to be like Him. Our romance grows, as we love Him with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. His loving kindnesses and unfailing compassion are new every morning, and His faithfulness is great. His Spirit guides our loving fellowship in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control, righteousness, truth, hope, holy, understanding, and light. He goes with us and He never fails us. We need to grow in our understanding of Him and His will for us, as we fellowship with Him.
Have you been bewildered by all the diverse options proposed as "the way" to Christlikeness? If so, you are not alone. Feasting with the Trinity sketches the way forward, based on two biblical observations. Kendell Easley presents feasting with the Trinity as a grand metaphor for living and enjoying the Christian life. Formation in godliness can well be understood as responding to God's invitation to feast with Father, Son, and Spirit. We also dine with others belonging to the people of God. As we partake of what God sets on his table, feasting with him and with others, we are formed over a lifetime into Christlike persons. Kendell Easley served on the faculty of three institutions of Christian higher education, teaching mainly in the area of New Testament studies and New Testament Greek. He was people focused and mentored many students and pastors over a good cup of coffee. This book represents the culmination of his thinking and experience of a formative approach in growing in godliness. Kendell finished this project in the last days of his struggle with leukemia. Nancy, his wife, observed the authenticy of his godly heart and walk during this season. She welcomes your comments on how this work encourages your lifelong walk with God. ([email protected])
It is time for a revolution in how the church nurtures new leaders. As Jim Downing of the Navigators points out, Jesus trained his disciples by imparting: * Knowledge, through teaching * Character, by modeling and example * Skills, through guided experience While knowledge can be learned anywhere, character and skills are best developed as part of a community that lives, worships, and serves together (e.g., a church). We have developed Growing Church Leaders as a way for those who are mature to train the next generation of leaders in their churches to Think Biblically, Live Wisely, and Serve Faithfully. This course is designed to help senior leaders guide a small group of faithful men and women in: * Memorizing Bible verses * Reading classic Christian books * Leading devotions, typically from Psalms or Proverbs * Studying entire chapters of the Bible, verse by verse * Exploring how Scripture applies to their lives * Responding with repentance, action, and worship Our prayer is that every growing church will invest in establishing future leaders on a solid foundation of biblical truth, Christian character, and spiritual discipline -- i.e., practical holiness. For that reason, this material is available in book form and as a free download at http://2transform.us/grow/ under a Creative Commons "share alike" license. You are free to adapt the material to the needs of your church or denomination, as long as you allow others to do the same. May God use His Word to build His Body for His Kingdom!
Realizing our deficits of spiritual grace can be shocking. We see a chasm between what we know as Christians and what we practice as Christians. But this chasm is not impassable, for the Holy Spirit, the Helper sent from the Father and the Son, works with and within us to traverse that gap. For the Christian, through all of life’s circumstances and our changing conditions, growing in grace is our priority. And God gives what He commands. He gives us means and tools to use that can truly, daily, bring us nearer to the ever-urgent goal of godliness. This book is one of those tools. Growing in Grace presents thirteen essays to assist in your pursuit of godliness. Table of Contents: 1. Why Spiritual Growth is Important—Stephen Myers Scriptural Studies 2. Growing in Grace through the Psalms—Rhett Dodson 3. Growing in the Fear of the LORD—Daniel Timmer 4. Growing in Repentance and Faith (James 4:6–10)—Joseph Pipa 5. The Holy Spirit as the Author of Sanctification (1 Peter 2:1–3)—Tom Nettles 6. Growing in Personal Sanctification (Phil. 2:12–13)—Tom Nettles 7. Growing in Heavenly-Mindedness (Phil. 3:17–21)—Maarten Kuivenhoven Theological Studies 8. Growing in Personal Assurance of Faith—Joel Beeke 9. Growing in Awareness of our Adoption by God—Rob Ventura 10. Growing in Personal Evangelism—Ian Macleod Experiential Studies 11. Growing in Christlikeness—Greg Salazar 12. Growing in Communion with the Triune God—William VanDoodewaard 13. Growing in Grace in Good Works—Mark Kelderman
Foundations for Godly Manhood encourages men to pursue all God created, redeemed, and calls them to be by building their lives upon the firm foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his life-giving, life-transforming truth revealed in Holy Scripture.
Scripture tells us that God has given us “everything we need for life and godliness.” But what makes a Christian godly? In this book, Navigator author Jerry Bridges examines what it means to grow in Christian character. Learn more about the character of God as you grow a deeper relationship with Him. Establish the foundation upon which godly character is built and continue by developing maturity and pursuing holiness. A Discussion Guide is also available separately (ISBN 9780891094982).
This companion guide to Navigator author Jerry Bridges' The Practice of Godliness will help you grow in your fear of, love for, and devotion to God—the three essentials to a godly life. Through timely discussion questions, you will learn how to take on God's character as you develop a relationship with God. Study the Bible to learn how to let the Holy Spirit cultivate the fruit of God's character traits in your life.
Growing Godly Women is a blueprint for making a vital difference in a girl’s life through a mentoring relationship, providing her with crucial support and wisdom during her complex teen years. Stories, Scriptures, and biblical principles illustrate to Christian women how to comfort a teen and mentor her toward God’s plan. Chapters cover the qualities that make a good mentor, what makes girls tick, how to study the Bible with a teen girl, lessons for inner and outer beauty, and creating ties that bind.
Lead in a Christlike way Leadership isn’t just about power, authority, fame, or money. It’s about influencing others and making things happen. More than ever, our world needs people to lead as Jesus does, serving in love. With this three-part study, you’ll learn the characteristics of leaders and how to influence people in a godly way. With Influencing Others: Growing in Godly Leadership, you’ll discover the importance of serving the ones who follow you and serving Christ as you lead.
This Bible study will take you through the Word of God and give you its guidelines for the kind of character we need to develop. The truth we learn in this study will make us free from that which has marked us as a people of questionable human traits. Many of our church leaders could stand to learn what kind of character pleases God, and how to reach this goal.
What does living a godly life mean today? Delving into 1 Timothy, Elizabeth shares how women can deepen their Christian walk, paying special attention to¼ Focus—putting God at the center of everything Heart attitudes—bearing good fruit Behavior—glorifying God This Bible study makes the quest for godliness an exciting and practical journey!
As the Christian life does not begin without means, neither can it grow without them. The Christian life can be daunting, especially in a world hostile to the ways of God. But the good news is that the God who calls us to be holy has also appointed helpful means so that we can grow in godliness. In Holy Helps for a Godly Life , Richard Rogers shows what the means of godliness are, describes their nature, and explains how they should be used. God has promised to give grace to those who use these means in a right and reverent way, and those who use these means in faith will discover their value for themselves. Table of Contents: Introduction: Means to Living a Godly Life 1. The Ministry of the Word 2. The Sacraments 3. Public Prayers 4. The Necessity of Private Helps 5. Watchfulness 6. Meditation 7. The Armor of the Christian 8. The Benefit of This Armor 9. Spiritual Experience and Company in Family Exercises 10. Private Prayer and Its Parts 11. Reading 12. Solemn Thanksgiving and Fasting Conclusion: Several Cautions for Rightly Using the Helps Appendix: Helps for Meditation Series Description Interest in the Puritans continues to grow, but many people find reading these giants of the faith a bit unnerving. This series seeks to overcome that barrier by presenting Puritan books that are convenient in size and unintimidating in length. Each book is carefully edited with modern readers in mind, smoothing out difficult language of a bygone era while retaining the meaning of the original authors. Books for the series are thoughtfully selected to provide some of the best counsel on important subjects that people continue to wrestle with today.
Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like Christ and grow in character and maturity. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines.