Where are You?

?It’s not: their amount of bible knowledge, degree of involvement in the church, age, gender, number of years as a believer or years in the church, or the type of church the person attends. None of these factors can accurately predict and / or gauge an individual’s spiritual growth.

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?According the results of REVEAL, a study involving over 16,000 surveys in 30 different congregations, the best way to measure spiritual growth is to describe your relationship with Jesus Christ. A type of spiritual continuum was developed that looks like this:

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•?EXPLORING CHRISTIANITY
?o?“I believe in God, but I’m not sure about Christ. My faith is not a significant part of my life.”
?•?GROWING IN CHRIST
?o?“I believe in Christ, and I’m working on what it means to get to know him.”
?•?CLOSE TO CHRIST
?o?“I feel really close to Christ and depend on him daily for guidance.”
?•?CHRIST-CENTERED
?o?“God is all I need in my life. Everything I do is a reflection of Christ.”

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Where would you place yourself? Are you making progress in your spiritual journey?

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This past Sunday we defined spiritual growth as an increasing love for God and others – the fleshing out of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 22:37-39.

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According to REVEAL data, as a person grows they will resonate more and more with the following statements:

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Increasing spiritual attitudes:
?•?“I love God more than anything else.”
?•?“I seek God’s guidance in every area of my life.”
?•?“I have a tremendous love for people I know and don’t know.”

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Increasing spiritual practices:
?•?“I pray.”
?•?“I pray to confess my sins.”
?•?“I read the Bible.”
?•?“I set aside time to listen to God.”

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Increasing spiritual behaviors:
?•?Tithing – “I give 10% of my income.”
?•?Serving – “I serve 1x per week.”
?•?Witnessing – “I have 6 or more meaningful spiritual conversations per year with non-Christians.”

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What do you think?

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To see more of REVEAL results go to: www.revealnow.com.

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Peace,
?Dave

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