Determined to Grow

Maturity (Growth)15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. — 2 Timothy 2:15 (AMP)

This post is really meant as a conversation starter.

In addition to working full time in a secular capacity, pastoring full time, writing my books and attempting to be the best husband I can; I am on a quest to improve myself daily, so I can offer to God the best I can of the gifts He has given me.

So, I would love to know what are you doing to facilitate your growth in your faith and as a person. Are you reading anything in particular—biblical or otherwise? What “speaks” to you personally? Is there a particular author to whom you are drawn? Remember, this for personal growth.

Please respond and let’s make this a community effort to share what we are learning…maybe you have something that may help us. Also, you may use my Twitter (@faith1stmin) or Facebook (Faith1st Ministries) to comment.

Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all—1 Timothy 4:15 (NKJV)

Have Faith1st

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Sebastian is a Christian, Author and Church Leadership trainer. His ministry calling, love for God, and His people; has led him into ministry of all types for over thirty years. He and his wife enjoy helping people in their walk of faith and finding solutions to the struggles of life, especially in the area of healing and marriage. Faith1st Blog is designed to open and continue the discussion on the subject of biblical "faith" as a "living" element of the Christian life. - "the just shall live by faith" - Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38 (KJV).

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5 comments on “Determined to Grow
  1. nopew says:

    Watchman Nee and Andrew Murray always hit the target with me. I have just finished reading (again) The Life That Wins and also The Spiritual Life. I perpetually return to Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. These 3 authors speak from, and to, the heart directly.

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    • Sebastian says:

      Wow! Thank you for this response…this is what I was hoping for with this post.
      I am familiar with both Nee and Murray and agree with your assessment of the depth of their work. However, I am not familiar with Kempis.
      If you had to give every Christian one of the works you mentioned, which one would it be and why?


      • nopew says:

        Ah, the old choose one dilemma. Probably a modern translation (like Creacy) of Imitation of Christ. Only the Bible has outsold it! It also covers just about everything. And, it is humbling to think that this book, hundreds of years old, has such powerful truths. Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

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  2. Hi Pastor Sebastian, teaching our women’s Bible study has kept me on my toes. Since they are looking to me as a spiritual leader, I feel a heavy and humble obligation. I find I must continually stay grounded in the Word and ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within us. (1 Peter 3:15) It wonderful to discover something new each time I read verses I’ve heard countless times and has drawn me even closer to the Lord, praise Him! Blessings,


    • Sebastian says:

      Great response Ellie and thank you! Yes, leadership in any capacity is a great responsibility. I especially like the verse you referenced; because we should be able to “give and answer for the hope that lies within us.”

      Why do we believe what we believe? What keeps us coming back? How is it relevant to today’s world? These are questions we must answer for ourselves before we can answer them for anyone else.

      Thank you again…Blessings!

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