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Maturing 

This is the step where we begin to take on serving in ministry. It is a transformational process that comes from connecting to God’s greater purpose. God challenged and convicts us to realize that the game is much bigger than our personal comforts and preferences. Movement happens from self-focused to genuinely caring about the needs of others.

The difference here is that the Beginning and Growing steps are probably involved in ministry, but their hearts are not God-centered or others-focused. We start to notice God and others more. We are more sensitive to God’s purpose, priorities begin to change, we take on the approach that every opportunity is one to show the love of Christ to someone else.

Some key phrases of the Growing stage are:

  1. Look how many are in church today… it’s awesome! I had to walk two blocks from the closest parking spot.
  2. In my devotions I ran across something I have a question about.
  3. I love my group, but there are others who need a group like this.
  4. I noticed we don’t have any seniors on the visitation team, do you think I could be involved?

Follow your heart where God is leading you to something more grand than you can imagine. Begin to ponder these next steps:

  • Find someone to disciple you in a deeper walk with Christ.
  • Striving to be Christ-centered.
  • Identify your passions and gifts and find a place to live it out.
  • Ask the staff about skills training.
  • Give generously of your time, talents, and money and continue to be faithful in God’s plan.
  • Ask the staff about a missions trip you can participate in. This is a must! It’s life altering.

 

Next Steps

Worship:  Memorize Scripture
Biblical Community: Regularly attend church and a group
Service: Apprentice in a service area.
Influence: Discover your SHAPE
Generosity: Look for opportunities to give.

 

Recommended Scripture

Some foundational New Testament Bible verses to read include:

  • Matthew 20: 25-28
  • Hebrews 6: 1-2
  • Ephesians 4: 13-15
  • Ephesians 1: 17-18