Andy Stanley in his book “Deep and Wide” reflects on discipleship, in particular “What fuels the development of faith?” Arguably, our faith doesn’t just grow, it must be nurtured, fed or fueled.
On a personal level, what has fueled your faith? What has caused you to leap forward in your understanding of God, or caused you to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus? What are those environments, choices or opportunities that have been catalysts for your growth?
As we mentioned in last weeks blog, we would like to know. We would love to hear from you and learn how God renews you? If you have some thoughts, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Here are the five catalysts for growth which Andy Stanley and his team came up with:
This could be a sermon, a small group study in a home, or a class you took. It is not just being exposed to the Bible, but understanding it in a way that moves you to action.
This is could be a quiet time, solitude or any number habits that are part of your personal devotional life.
This is stepping up and serving in some way. Nothing seems to stretch your faith so much as stepping into a ministry environment for which you feel unprepared.
These are the people who God seems to have brought into your path. Through them you hear from God or in a sense, see God at work in them.
Sometimes good and sometimes not, these are the defining moments that shaped your understanding or experience of God.