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Growing in Christ–Part III–the Fellowship of Believers

The Fellowship of Believers

Now we come to one of the horizontal arms of the Disciple’s Cross. Part I of this series dealt with Jesus Christ, the center of the cross. A close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ always is the center of a growing Christian’s life. Parts I and II also testified to the importance of prayer and Bible study. This post focuses on fellowship.

Growth is a basic activity in a Christian’s life. This life begins when a person receives Jesus Christ as Savior and is reborn as a child of God. According to John 1: 12-13,

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (NAS)

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Growing in Christ — Part II The Bible

Reading and Studying the Bible

The Bible is God’s word.


Part I of this essay explored the steps taken by brand new Christians who want to grow in Christ. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as Savior, he (or she) begins a new life.  The Bible says that person is reborn as a child of God.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.   John 1: 12-13 (NAS)

Part I also examined the changes in a Christian as he grows from a newborn babe to a mature adult.  As we continue in Christ we are transformed into His likeness.  As the Bible says in II Corinthians 3: 18:

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