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Is Growth Good?

What does the Bible say about growth?

Even a cursory look at the New Testament reveals a godly growth bias.

For instance, the Apostle Peter challenges us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18, ESV).

Similarly, the Apostle Paul says that “we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15b, ESV).

So personal spiritual growth is clearly a goal we should pursue.

But what about church growth?

The Apostle Paul gives us the answer. When a church is healthy, “the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God” (Colossians 2:19b, ESV).

It’s also why Luke reports with approval in the book of Acts: “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7, ESV).

To be sure, healthy church growth is not one-dimensional.

As Pastor Rick Warren has put it: “Every church needs to grow warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism.”

Healthy, multi-dimensional church growth occurs when the message is biblical, the mission is balanced, the methods are effective, and the motive is God’s glory – all empowered by God’s Spirit.

So, what about you?  Do you have a growth bias?

I hope you will join me today in making a fresh, new commitment to godly growth – both personal spiritual growth and healthy church growth.

Growth is good and glorifies God!

Your Pastor and Friend,

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