Tuesday, June 26, 2018

How to Grow More Like Jesus -- Part 1

God wants every Christian to grow more and more like Jesus in character, conduct, and conviction.  How can we do that? 

1 Peter 3:8 says, “Finally, all of you be like-minded.”  Strong’s Greek Dictionary says this word means “harmonious; of one mind.”  The Amplified Bible says “united in spirit.”  The Expanded Bible says “be in agreement (be like-minded; live in harmony).  The ESV says, “Have unity of mind.”  So the idea is to be a person of unity.

What does it mean to be a person of unity?  Make every effort to get along and work together with church family. 

To be a person of unity implies that you are plugged into a church.  If you want to grow more like Christ, you have to be a committed, participating member of a church.  There’s no way around it. The church is called the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the family of God, the temple of God, the pillar and foundation of truth; the Bible says Christ loves the church, Christ died for the church, Christ provides and cares for the church, and Christ is building the church.  If there’s anything worth committing to and participating in, it’s the church.  Remember.  When it comes to the church, you need it, and you're needed.

There’s something that every Christian must understand.  God is on a mission in the world to seek and save the lost, and to teach them to obey all of Christ’s teachings.  And God’s plan for accomplishing this mission is not individuals, but churches – communities of believers devoted to making disciples. 

But if the church can’t get along, then the church can’t get things done.  That’s why it’s so important for Christians to be people of unity.

You can grow more like Jesus by making every effort to get along and work together with your church family.

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