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Peak of the Week: Life Is A Growth Adventure – Part 4 of 4

5 STAGES OF Spiritual Growth Stage 1: THEA _____________________________________________ CHRISTIAN 1 Peter 2:1-3 • The needs of the baby Christian • The challenges of the weak Christian Stage 2: THE B____________________________________________ CHRISTIAN Luke 8:4-15 • The Hard Path people • The Rocky Ground people We are to “grow up into Christ” Ephesians 4:15, and to “grow up in your salvation” 1 Peter 2:2. Have you reached your full potential for spiritual growth? Are there some areas of spirituality where you…

Peak of the Week: Life Is A Growth Adventure – Part 3 of 4

5 Critical Areas for Spiritual Growth “We will in all things grow up into him…” Ephesians 4:15 Where do I begin…without feeling overwhelmed? As the scripture above says, our desire should be to grow “in all things” pertaining to God and our spiritual walk with him. But to focus on the “all” would be overwhelming to most of us. We have to take life a step at a time. In this lesson, we are focusing on five critical areas where…

Peak of the Week: Life Is A Growth Adventure – Part 2 of 4

7 Exciting Discoveries of Spiritual Growth To underscore the never-ending aspect of spiritual growth, let’s look at 7 Exciting Discoveries of Spiritual Growth: Fact 1: There is a __________________________________________________ in that all of us are to grow and continue in growth. Paul said he put all his energy into presenting “everyone perfect in Christ”. In 2 Peter 1:5-7 take note of all the “adds” connecting the spiritual qualities, indicating the forward progress of life in Christ. Fact 2: There is…

Peak of the Week: Don’t Just Go Thru, But Grow Thru Life – Part 1 of 4

Life Is A Growth Adventure  This “adventure” called life begins with the very first words in the Bible. Genesis 1:1 In the Creation, as God created the different elements of our world, there’s a recurring statement in Genesis chapter 1: “And God saw that it was A_____________________…” Genesis 1:4, 9, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31 The beginning of each plant and animal was done by a miracle as God designed and spoke the world into existence. But after the days…

Peak of the Week: Peter The Butterfly, Part 4 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis It is now time for Peter to stand on his own instead of in the shadows. Now is the moment Christ had envisioned for him when he gave him the name “Rock” & underscoring that in his reinstatement after the resurrection that he would follow Christ, fish for souls, feed the sheep, & die for the name of Christ. From Passover to Pentecost, a period of 50 days, Peter has now processed the teachings of the Lord that…

Peak of the Week: Peter’s Ultimate Test, Part 3 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” These are among Jesus’ most potent and challenging teachings while he was here on earth. They ring out as a warning to us as well as those who heard them in the first century. They are both encouraging as we contemplate Jesus acknowledging us as one of his own before…

Peak of the Week: Peter’s Struggle to Grow, Part 2 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis Today, we will look at several of the steps Peter took up until the time of the cross, noting both the good and the bad experiences that shaped him ultimately into the “rock” that Jesus envisioned. By revealing both the positive and negative experiences in his development, we will see quite clearly how human he was, how much like him we are at times, but also see the transforming power of Christ to use all kinds of experiences…

Peak of the Week: A Promising Beginning, Part 1 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis Peter is one of the great Bible heroes. Yet, he was very, very, very human – a guy many of us could easily relate to, due to the ups and downs of his spiritual struggle. We’re calling this series, “Peter’s Metamorphosis” as his development into a strong leader was not an immediate one. For him to blossom into the dynamic apostle who opened the gates of Christ’s kingdom on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem, was the result…

Peak of the Week: Attentive to Anxiety, Part 4 of 4

Let’s take the proactive look and learn how to stay “attentive to anxiety.” We will learn how to do this from two of the more complete teachings in the Bible (one from Jesus, the other from the Apostle Paul) on handling the worries and anxieties that come from life. Matthew 6:19-34 Many worries start with A__________________________. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… But store up treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be…

Peak of the Week: Answers for Anxiety, Part 3 of 4

I must avoid anxiety like the plague that it is! In dealing with the Evil One, the Bible says we are to “resist” Satan and “he will flee from us.” That’s the attitude we need for anxiety as well – one of resistance and avoidance! Here are some steps to take. STEP ONE: ACKNOWLEDGE ANXIETY’S A______________________________ EFFECTS. From the writings of Charles Stanley, a well-known Preacher, comes these 7 harmful effects: Anxiety B_________________________ the mind. Anxiety slows your C__________________________________________________. Anxiety…

Peak of the Week: Avenues of Anxiety, Part 2 of 4

Where does my anxiety come from? Where did something this frightening get its start? How has it had such control over my mind? If I could just get some understanding as to its causes, maybe I could start to get a handle on how it is affecting me mentally, physically & spiritually. Important Distinction: Anxiety is not a A_______________________, but a B_______________________________! There’s something deeper inside you that is causing the anxiety, the restless nights, the confused mind, the shakiness…

Peak of the Week: Answers for Anxiety, Part 1 of 4

We begin this study with seven foundational passages from the Bible to fortify our spirit until we can delve deeper into the causes, effects, and answers to living with an anxious spirit. There are many more scriptures than these seven and even more specific ones, but here are some to help your mind find peace, with 1 Peter 5:7 being our theme verse for this series. 7 Verses to Sustain Your Peace of Mind: “Give your A_____________________ to the Lord…

Peak of the Week: Train Yourself – Godly Dependency

Train Yourself The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength” 2 Timothy 4:17 We now come to a great paradox in understanding the will of God. We are to train ourselves but not focus on ourselves. We are to train to be strong but rely on God to strengthen us. We are to train ourselves to be courageous and take a stand but do so in total surrender and humility to God’s will. This training of self is…

Peak of the Week: Train Yourself – Godly Demeanor

Train Yourself “Set an example in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity” 1 Timothy 4:12 Read the context of 1 Timothy 4:6-16 to get the full picture. At its simplest, godliness is taking on God’s character. It is imitating God. This has been the essence of godly living from the earliest times. The Old Testament law was premised on this injunction: “Be holy for I am holy.” In the New Testament it is the same. In Ephesians 4:24 Paul tells…

Peak of the Week: Train Yourself – Godly Disciplines, Part 2

Train Yourself “Until I come, devote yourself to the reading of Scripture, etc.” 1 Timothy 4:13 Now understand clearly – A _____________________________________ is the goal! We are to train ourselves to be “godly.” As with almost any type of training, there are necessary disciplines that accompany the desires we have for success. So, if our desires become “Godly Desires”, the next step is to determine what some “Godly Disciplines” are. Disciplines are the habits (processes priorities, regimens, routines) that connect…

Peak of the Week: Train Yourself – Godly Disciplines, Part 1

Train Yourself “Until I come, devote yourself to the reading of Scripture, etc.” 1 Timothy 4:13 Now understand clearly – A _____________________________________ is the goal! We are to train ourselves to be “godly.” As with almost any type of training, there are necessary disciplines that accompany the desires we have for success. So, if our desires become “Godly Desires”, the next step is to determine what some “Godly Disciplines” are. Disciplines are the habits (processes priorities, regimens, routines) that connect…

Peak of the Week: Train Yourself – Godly Desires

Train Yourself “I desire to do your will, my God.” Psalm 40:8 Train yourself to be godly – to pursue godly desires. Do you want to be godly? If so, to what degree? To what lengths would you go to be godly? How strong are your desires in this area? If you do, follow closely with the truths in this lesson. Desires are immensely POWERFUL! They come from deep within you, your ____________________________ – the birthplace of decisions and actions…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – To grow wise in face of trials, Part 5

To Grow Wise In Face Of Trials We should pray because we are spiritually stronger for praying. We should pray because it brings peace and security as we entrust our self to God and pour out our anxious thoughts. We should pray to stand firm in the face of temptation. And today, we need to pray, because, through prayer, we grow wise in the face of trials. And perhaps this is among the most significant reasons. The immense value of…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – To overcome temptations, Part 4

To overcome temptations Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Why pray? Week one: Because of the ___________________________ we receive. Week two: For the __________________________________ that we gain, in anxious times. Today’s Reason: To overcome ________________________________________. Matthew 26:41: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – To be like Jesus, Part 3

To be like Jesus God commands us to pray: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12 (NIV) “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” – Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful, and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2 (NIV) “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” – Timothy 2:1 (NIV) “Pray continually” – 1 Thessalonians…