Seven Steps To Growth In Your Faith

 Compiled by Issa Haddad

Day (week) One

STEP 1: BE SURE OF YOUR SALVATION

God wants you to know for sure that you have eternal life. Eternal life is not based on your feelings, but on the facts found in the Bible.
1. Your Assurance Is Based on the Word of God. The Bible was written for your knowledge and assurance. The Bible states in 1 John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may _____________ that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the Son of God.”
2. Your Assurance Is Based on the Promises of God. In Scripture you find the objective, external truth needed for a strong and maturing faith. What are the promises found in the following two verses?
“That if you __________________ with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and __________________ in your heart that God raised him from the dead, _____________________ _________ ______________________” (Romans 10:9).
“ ‘I tell you the truth, whoever hears my _______________ and ____________________ him who sent me has ___________________ _____________________ and will not be ________________________’” (John 5:24).
3. Your Assurance Is Based on the Character of God. All of Scripture testifies to God’s unfailing love and care; salvation is its central theme. Faith is simply taking God at His word and believing that He will accomplish all that He has promised.
“God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is __________________” (1 Corinthians 1:9).
“The one who calls you is _________________ and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
4. Your Assurance Is Based on the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit personalizes and internalizes the objective, external truths of the Bible. In others words, God gives you someone on the inside to confirm His truth to you, to apply this truth to your life, and to assure you of your salvation.
“The Spirit Himself bears _________________ with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).
Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
HOLY SPIRIT…YOUR POWER TO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE!—The Holy Spirit not only takes up residence in your life and assures you of salvation, but empowers you to live the Christian life. In the New Testament the Holy Spirit is described as a Helper and Comforter (John 14:16).
“For it is God who works in you both to will and do for His good purposes (Philippians 2:13).
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:3).
The Holy Spirit will help you apply the truth of God’s Word as you choose to obey and surrender your life to God on a daily basis. Remember this: As a believer, Jesus is not just a part of your life, Jesus is your life!
OBEDIENCE…YOUR LOVING RESPONSE!—It is Christ who first loved us (1 John 4:9, 19) and now our love for Him is worked out by our willingness to obey His commandments and follow His directions which are given to us in the Bible. Love is basis for obedience. The Bible clearly indicates that obedience to God is one of the primary marks of a changed life through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus teaches us this in many Scriptures:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
“He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me” (John 4:21).
The following steps in this booklet require your loving and submissive response to God, and therefore your obedience to God’s Word and His direction. Discover the joy of obedience to a loving God. Jesus said that obedience is the way that his joy will remain in you, and that your joy will be full! (John 15:10-11).
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Day (week) Two
STEP 2: STUDY YOUR BIBLE

God wants an intimate, personal relationship with you. You are not just an acquaintance or a distant relative—you are His child. This relationship can be strengthened by studying the Bible—His revelation to you. Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s Word is living and active. This means the Bible is more than a book, more than words on a page. It is more than words spoken in ancient times. The Bible is relevant; it addresses the needs of today.
I. God’s Word Has Specific Purposes (read 2 Timothy 3:16). “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for ____________________, ____________________, ____________________ and ____________________ _______________________________.
1. God’s Word Is Useful for Teaching. Read these verses and write what they teach us about God.
Jeremiah 31:3
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Romans 5:8
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2. God’s Word Is Useful for Rebuking (to point out a fault) and Convicting of Sin. Read Ephesians 4:26-31 and list some areas where God’s Word points out faults in our lives.
3. God’s Word Is Useful for Correction of Error. Not only does the Bible convict, but it also corrects. Psalm 119 points out the psalmist’s experiences with God’s Word. This psalm teaches that God’s Word gives directions for living. Verse 9 asks, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” Read 119:9 and write the answer to this question.
4. God’s Word s Useful for Training in Righteousness (godly behavior). Bible study is your spiritual food. Just as your physical body benefits from nutrients in the food you eat, your spiritual life benefits from consistent Bible study. Jeremiah 15:16 says, “When your words came, I ate them.”
II. To nurture your Christian growth, it is important to establish a daily program of Bible reading and study. Join a Sunday school or Bible study class. Start Today!
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Day (week) Three
STEP 3: LEARN TO PRAY

The best way to get to know someone is to talk with that person often. God longs for you to know Him. The Bible is full of invitations to enter into a deep, personal relationship with God the Father. “If you seek him, he will be found by you” (1 Chronicles 28:9) In Jeremiah 24:7, speaking of those who would become followers of Jesus Christ, God says, “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord.” Conversing with God is called prayer. Prayer is a conversation, not a monologue. It includes speaking to God and hearing from God.
1. Jesus Set the Example for Us (read Mark 1:35). What does this passage say about Jesus’ prayer life?
2. Jesus Taught the Necessity of Prayer (Luke 18:1).
3. What did the disciples ask Jesus to teach them (Luke 11:1)?
4. Why should we pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17)?The acrostic ACTS will help you to begin developing your prayer life.
A doration

C onfession
T hanksgiving
S upplication
1. Adoration is praise focusing on who God is. Look up the following Scriptures.
Write in the blanks what the verses say about God.
Psalm 145:3
Psalm 147:1, 52. Confession is acknowledging your sins before God in order to receive forgiveness. When you received eternal life, a relationship with God was established, which will never be broken, but our daily fellowship with God can be hindered by unconfessed sin. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”
Therefore, when you sin:

(1) Confess the sin when you realize you’ve committed it (read John 1:9a).
(2) Receive His promise of cleansing (1 John 1:9b). (3) Claim victory over temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
3. Thanksgiving is expressing gratitude to God for specific acts. When does God says we should give thanks (read 1 Thessalonians 5:18)?
4. Supplication is making requests and expressing desires to God. They may take the form of personal petitions or intercession. (1) Petition is asking God for your needs (read John 15: and Philippians 4:6-7). (2) Intercession is praying for the needs of others (read Exodus 32:30-34 and Romans 10:1). Write the requests that are found in these verses.
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Day (week) Four
STEP 4: BE BAPTIZED

1. Jesus Wants New Believers to Declare Publicly Their Faith in Him.
Jesus said, “Whoever _________________________ me before men, I will also _____________________ him before my Father in heaven. But whoever ____________________________ me before men, I will __________________________ him before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).
Have you ever heard of a carpenter’s practice of clinching a nail! Clinching a nail is driving it into a board and bending the extended portion of it down on the other side. The nail cannot be pulled from the board. Professing Jesus publicly is like clinching a nail. Faith and assurance of salvation are strengthened. Most churches provide opportunities, at the conclusion of the worship services, for people to make public their commitments to Jesus. If you have not publicly declared your faith, you should do so at the next public worship service you attend. Upon making this commitment, you should be baptized.
2. Baptism Is an Act of Obedience That Declares One’s Faith. A test of whether a person is a true follower of Jesus is his or her obedience to Jesus commands.
Write 1 John 2:3 in the space below.3. Jesus Commanded Baptism (read Matthew 28:19-20). This was not a suggestion or an option for His followers. If we are not baptized, we are disobedient. Jesus set the example by being baptized. Read the account of Jesus; baptism in Matthew 3:13-17.

4. In the New Testament, New Believers Were Baptized (read Acts 2:37-38, 41, 47). The verses clearly indicate that new believers followed Jesus by being baptized. Now read Acts 8:35-38. After the Ethiopian believed, he was baptized.
5. Baptism Expresses Your Love for Jesus (read John 14:21). Write the verse in your own words below.6. Baptism Pictures Two Things:

(1) What Jesus did for you – He died for your sins, was buried, and came back to life (read 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
(2) What has happened to you – You died to an old way of life and have been raised to live a new life in Jesus (read Romans 6:3-4).
The Bible teaches that the method f baptism was immersion (completely placing a person under water and immediately bringing him or her back up). Immersion is the only form of baptism that adequately pictures this meaning.
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Day (week) Five
STEP 5: BE FAITHFUL TO A CHURCH

Jesus personally established the church while He was on earth to unite Christians as a spiritual family (read Matthew 16:17-18). Who was speaking when the words “I will build my church” were spoken?
The word church means “called out ones.” The church is made up of people who have been called out to follow Jesus. The term church is used to refer to all believers but is more often used to denote a local group of believers.
Why Be Faithful to a Church? A church is a group of baptized believers voluntarily joining for instruction, fellowship, worship, and service (read Acts 2:42-47).
1. Through Your Local Church You Receive Instruction. Jesus has given spiritual leaders to the church (read Ephesians 4:11). According to Ephesians 4:12-14, why has God given leaders to the church?
2. Through Your Local Church You Have the Privilege of Fellowship. God has placed individuals in families for their care, protection, fellowship, and development. You need the church for all the reasons you need a family and many more. According to Hebrews 10:24-25, why do you need the fellowship of the church?
3. Through Your Local Church You Meet to Worship. What are some of the things that happen when you worship (read Colossians 3:16)?
4. Through Your Local Church You Have Opportunities for Service. The church is the proper avenue to serve God. God has given you special gifts and abilities in order to serve (read Romans 12:6-8).
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Day (week) Six
STEP 6: BE A WITNESS

People love to share good news. We announce marriages and births. When something good happens, we rush to tell someone. The more exciting the news, the harder it is to be silent. A Christian has the most exciting news—the life-changing news of eternal life. It is natural for a Christian to want to share this good news. Think for a moment about the various people God used to bring you to the place where you were willing to receive Jesus. Now God wants you to be part of helping others come to know Jesus. When Andrew met Jesus, his first inclination was to bring ______________________ to meet Him (read John 1:40-42). For a Christian, witnessing is not an option. Jesus commanded His followers to witness.
There are two things you should use when sharing Jesus: Your personal testimony Scripture
1. Your Personal Testimony Is Your Own Account of: (1) Your Life Before Receiving Jesus, (2) How You Received Jesus, and (3) How Jesus Makes Your Life More Meaningful.
Read Paul’s testimony in Acts 22:3-21. Write out the three parts of your testimony in the spaces provided.
My life before receiving Jesus:How I received Jesus:

How Jesus makes my life more meaningful:

2. Scripture Is the Second Part of Sharing Jesus with Others.

The following verses will help you explain to unbelievers the good news of eternal life. Take time now to read them and underline them in your Bible.
Romans 15:13 Romans 1:16 Romans 2:4 Romans 3:23 Romans 5:8 Romans 6:23 Romans 10:9, 13.
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Day (week) Seven
STEP 7: TRUST JESUS TO DIRECT YOUR LIFE

Now that you have received eternal life, Jesus wants to guide you daily in your new spiritual adventure. It is important to realize that He should do more than just reside in your life. He should be the Lord of all of your life.
Confessing Jesus as the Lord of your life means that you should trust Him to direct your life. Trusting Jesus to direct your life is similar to driving down the highway with another person. While you are driving, you are in control of the vehicle. But, when you realize that you do not know the right way to go and the other person does, you allow the other person to take the control of the vehicle. As a result, you take the route he or she chooses. Trusting Jesus is like saying to Him: “You direct my life and I will go with you!” A life directed by Jesus in this way will be spiritually fruitful and filled with joy (read John 15:4).
1. Jesus Christ Is Lord.
John 13:13 when He said, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘__________________,’ and rightly so, ____________ _______________ _______________ ___________.”
2. Jesus Christ Has Earned the Right to Direct Your Life.
Philippians 2:8-11 states: Jesus “Humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God _________________ him to the ___________________ ____________________ and ______________________ him the name that is above every name, that at the name of ____________________________ every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that _______________________ is ________________, to the glory of God the Father.” Paul, in the book of Philippians, understood that Jesus was worthy of direct his life. What did Paul challenge other believers to do with their lives in Romans 12:1-2?
3. Jesus Christ Desires to Direct Your Life. His direction can be experienced on a daily basis as you:
(1) Recognize daily His right to direct your life (read Luke 9:23).
(2) Confess you sins consistently and accept His promise of forgiveness (read 1 John 1:9).
(3) Trust Him completely as you allow Him to direct your:
· Time (read Ephesians 5:15-16)
· Money (read 1 Corinthians 16:2)
· Abilities (read Colossians 3:17)
· Relationships (read Matthew 22:34-40)
· Mind (read Romans 12:1-2)
· Ambitions (read Matthew 6:33)
· Morality (read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
[1]All Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission.
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