In my last post, I shared about how I really want to prioritise spiritual growth in the year ahead, after all this is what will last into eternity. Even as I write that I realise it is a big claim- one that could quickly spiral down into a works-based self-righteous slump. But as I look to the year ahead, I stand in awe of the glorious grace that flows from the cross and hope that by writing it, it might help me keep more accountable.
- John MacArthur has published a great online resource Back to Basics: The ABCs of Christian Living, where he reminds us that once the instantaneous and miraculous event of salvation and Holy Spirit indwelling takes place, we should desire spiritual growth (2 Peter 3:18 and 1 Peter 2:2). This spiritual growth has nothing to do with the amount God loves us, nor does it have to do with how long we have been a Christian for, how much Bible knowledge we have, or how much money we have. So what does spiritual growth have to do with? “Spiritual growth is simply matching my practice with my position. Now, my position in Christ is perfect: I am complete in Him. I have all things that pertain to life and godliness. I have received all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies. But I need to progress in my practical life in a way that is commensurate with my position.” (John MacArthur)
- Over at Worship Rejoices, Lindsey shares her desire to grow and the strategies she is going to try and put in place such as strategic Bible reading, Scripture memorisation and systematic prayers. She mentions a prayer app Prayermate that I plan to check out and also references a great Gospel Coalition blog post “How To Change Your Mind” (a fresh Bible reading approach where you choose 1 book of the Bible and read it through 20 times, reading for meaning and comprehension like any other book, ignoring the chapters.)
- She Reads Truth– Another friend is doing this Bible Reading plan, with a free Bible Reading plan, accompanying app and accountability group.
- Courtney Joseph at Women Living Well is also putting together a Bible Reading plan, and has just started working through Exodus.
- My mum has found John Piper’s “Solid Joys” app really helpful this past year and YouVersion Bible App have lots of Bible Reading plans and devotions that are free too.