Growth Groups

How Do We Grow Up to Be Spiritually Big and Strong?

Most of us were coached about how to grow up physically when we were children. We all remember when our parents told us to eat our vegetables, don’t we? We were told (and it was all true) that a mix of the right food, lots of exercise and a good night’s sleep would result in our growing up to be “big and strong” like our dad or someone else we admired.

There is a similar mix of growth essentials related to growing up to be “big and strong” spiritually. First, we need to devour God’s Word to learn His ways. Second, we need to exercise our gifts and abilities in service. This puts legs to our faith. Third, we need to develop a deep sensitivity to God’s Spirit so we can walk in faith, resting in His care and guidance each day.

Every spring, winter and fall The Harbor puts out a catalog that contains growth opportunities for those who want to grow in these three areas and become in every way spiritually BIG like our Lord Jesus.

I thank each Pastorate leader, Bible teacher, Small Group facilitator and ministry coordinator for giving themselves to make this growth menu available to others in the Body of Christ.

Why do they do it? To quote the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:12-13, they do it “To prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

Oh, and it’s still a good idea to eat your vegetables!

Pastor Jim