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exalts christ encourages friendships evangelizes the lost edifies for growth equips for ministry

A Church that Edifies for Growth

Our aim is to be a church that…

Exalts Christ

Encourages Friendships

Evangelizes the Lost

Edifies for Growth

Equips for Ministry

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

“…Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.”

(Mark 4:33-34, NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

Important Truth:

Christianity is not just about “knowing” it’s about “growing.”

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who

is the Head, that is, Christ.”

(Eph. 4:14-15, NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

4 Critical Components of Spiritual Growth

1. Foundation of Faith

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

(2 Peter 1:3, NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

4 Critical Components of Spiritual Growth

1. Foundation of Faith

“…I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

(John 3:3, NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

4 Critical Components of Spiritual Growth

1. Foundation of Faith

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through

the living and enduring

word of God.”

(1 Pet. 1:22-23 NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

4 Critical Components of Spiritual Growth

2. Spiritual Nourishment

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul

said was true.”

 (Acts 17:11, NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

4 Critical Components of Spiritual Growth

3. Spiritual Exercise

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to

distinguish good from evil.”

(Hebrews 5:13-14, NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

4 Critical Components of Spiritual Growth

3. Spiritual Exercise

“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for

both the present life and

the life to come.”

(1 Timothy 4:7-8, NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

4 Critical Components of Spiritual Growth

4. Spiritual Rest

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’”

(Mark 6:31, NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

Implications for First Baptist

An Evangelistic Church

A Bible-Teaching Church

“…All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands

forever...”

(1 Pet. 1:24-25, NIV)

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

Implications for First Baptist

An Evangelistic Church

A Bible-Teaching Church

A Shepherding Church

A Gracious Church

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A Church that Edifies for Growth

Implications for First Baptist

“Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete,

lacking nothing.”

(James 1:2-4, HCSB)