The disciples knew what they needed to do. On the day Jesus ascended into heaven, they were left with the Great Commission.
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name
of theFather and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
Paul, who had become a servant by the commission God gave him, dedicated his life to serving God and proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ.
“We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching every man with all
wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.”
-Colossians 1:28 (NASB)
We benefit from the example and teaching of the disciples today. Their lives and ministry served the purpose of presenting us complete in Christ. The following six areas reflect the 6 Areas for Development for our spiritual lives that need to be checked and maintained to have a healthy Christian life:
6 AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT
FELLOWSHIP- We were created for God’s Family.
WORSHIP- We were created for God’s pleasure.
BIBLICAL LIFESTYLE- We were created by God to live according to God’s Word.
STEWARDSHIP- We were created to manage God’s resources.
MISSIONS- We were created to minister to others.
EVANGELISM- We were created to share Christ with others.
5 STEPS FOR GROWTH
The Journey is designed to help bring focus and balance to these 6 Areas for Development.
In the coming months, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on the spiritual discipline you’ve committed to improve. You’ll find practical help and suggested steps to take on your journey. You’ll soon discover The Journey is not about the time it takes to see improvement or the steps one should take to reach the destination. The goal is to learn to value the relationship we have with our traveling partner, Jesus Christ.
STEP 1. Take the Spiritual Health Self-Assessment
If you plan to travel from point A to point B, you need to know where point A is. The Spiritual Health Self-Assessment will give you a snapshot of your spiritual health and reveals areas that may be out of balance in your life. This will help you identify the Areas for Development you would like to work on and those in which you are strong.
STEP 2. Find a Spiritual Mentor
Many of us start out with good intentions but lack the discipline to follow through with our plans. Make it a point to pair up with a mentor who can help you follow through on the growth steps you choose to take. A spiritual mentor is an individual, usually of the same gender, who is committed on an ongoing basis to helping you deal with life and all that it offers. This person will encourage you, help with accountability, and actively support you as you take spiritual risks and face challenges unique to your life.
STEP 3. Take the Initiative: CRAWL, WALK or RUN
In this booklet you’ll find a table for each area with a beginning step (crawl), an intermediate step (walk), and a more advanced step (run) for each of the questions found in The Spiritual Health Assessment. Pick the step or steps you want to take for the Areas for Development you have chosen to work on. You’ll also find a resource page for each area that will take you further in your growth. Then work with your mentor to chart the course for your journey.
STEP 4. Get Involved: Developmental Opportunities
There is no shortage of opportunities for you to develop balance in your spiritual life by engaging in a variety of classes, projects, ministries or small groups. Throughout the year, our church offers classes and training opportunities for you to grow in the area(s) you’ve chosen to focus on. There are also ministries and mission projects that are planned throughout the year. This booklet contains listings of planned courses or activities that are church sponsored to help you advance your faith.
STEP 5. Track Your Progress
Use the My Spiritual Health Plan, at the back of this booklet, to chart your course, monitor your progress and celebrate accomplishments throughout the year.